Madeira lies in the centre of the Atlantic Ocean, and its outstanding showcase of natural beauty is visible on arrival. Admire the exotic flowers that add a burst of colour to the lush green landscape. Two-thirds of the island is protected, and Madeira is home to the largest Laurisilva forest in the world. Madeira’s Laurel forest holds a UNESCO status. In Madeira, you'll find plenty of outdoor activities ranging from boat rides and paragliding to walking tours and mountain hiking. The surrounding sea also offers fabulous conditions for boating and scuba diving. You’ll also find a full calendar of events on the island including carnival parades, The Flower Festival, The Atlantic Festival and the spectacular end-of-year fireworks display. Head to the capital Funchal, on the southern coast, for a taste of celebrated cuisines. Afterwards, take a walk along the beautiful promenades. While here, make sure to check out the exquisite Funchal Cathedral which proudly features Gothic and Romanesque styles and a carved wooden ceiling. Funchal is also known for its beautiful lush gardens and access to some of Madeira’s best wine cellars.