From the summit of Pico Ruivo a keen hiker can take in the stunning vista of Madeira from coast to coast; the lush valleys of subtropical forests have World Heritage Site status, and are a haven for rare plants and animals.
Or, if you are seeking a more gentle approach, the fringe of port-towns along Madeira’s south coast offers a welcoming base for excursions to explore the interior and along the coast at your leisure, as well as providing a touch of the familiar to European visitors.
Plenty of Parties Too
As a Portuguese archipelago there are plenty of cheap flights to Madeira from locations across Europe. Its main airport is situated in its capital city Funchal which, with a population of only 111,000, welcomes tourists with a friendly and easy atmosphere and a pace to suit you.
Don’t let this relaxed approach fool you though – Madeira knows how to throw a party! A packed calendar of events gives the people of the island every excuse to celebrate, and right now it is carnival season.
The Festas da Sé comes at the end of May and sees the cathedral district of the capital beautifully garlanded, and local restaurants and bars spread out into the street with food, wine, music and dancing for all into the early hours.
Plus, why not stay an extra few days and see the celebrations for the Atlantic Festival in early June, including fireworks displays and classical music concerts held in the city’s beautiful churches.
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