The largest of a group of five islands formed by volcanic eruption, Madeira is actually the summit of a mountain range rising four miles from the seabed meaning luxury Madeira holidays consist of fantastic panoramic views and inspiring landscapes.
The island's coastline is equally awe-inspiring with steep and rocky cliffs ingrained with lava gorges. With a verdant landscape that shimmers in the year-round sunshine, hospitable locals, and a mild subtropical climate, it's easy to take Madeira to your heart.
Named after the abundant funcho (fennel) growing here, Funchal, Madeira's capital, is an impressive looking city. Built on gentle slopes around a sheltered bay, the city is easily explored on foot and is highly popular with visitors. One of Funchal's focal points is the Sé Cathedral, built between 1493 and 1514 by Gil Eanes. Just one of the area's many treasures.
As well as boasting spectacular landscapes and an urban town of history, here you can show your adventurous side with a spot of hot air ballooning, or pumping your adrenaline at Madiera's very own theme park, or alternatively you can mooch around its abundance of shops or take a break at one of its restaurants that hold delectable international cuisine and native tapas.