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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Madeira

Often referred to as the ‘island of the eternal spring’ thanks to its steady climate, Madeira is a beautiful getaway throughout the year. From the striking natural landscape to exciting activities, you'll find plenty to see and do here. Start your exciting adventure with a luxury holiday in Madeira.

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.

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With relatively consistent temperatures, Madeira is an ideal getaway year-round. Spring (March to May) see high temperatures of 20°C and is a brilliant time to visit natural attractions such as one of the world's most stunning botanical gardens - Monte Palace Tropical Gardens.

You'll find endless events and activities to choose from during your stay, including the incredible New Year Eve fireworks display. Madeira is well worth a visit during the winter season, even if just for this event.

British and EU nationals won't need a visa to visit Madeira Portugal. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.

Complete your holiday experience with delicious fine-dining options. Dine with views of immaculately landscaped grounds and embrace the themes of country living or enjoy romantic settings with premium gourmet cuisines. Your meals are paired with a top selection of Portuguese and International wines.

Sample internationally-inspired dishes including fusion menus with local, Southern European, or Oriental flavours. Celebrate regional cuisines in stunning locations from restaurants by the bay to on the rooftops of Funchal.

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