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Worldtravel Awards 17

Portugal

Madeira Island

Europe's Leading Island Destination 2018 - World Travel Awards

HOW TO GET THERE

The island of Madeira is a 1h30 flight from Lisbon and around 3h from the main cities in Europe. Madeira airport has direct flights from mainland Portugal, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Scandinavia, Spain, Belgium, Holland, among other places.


Madeira Island

Right in the Atlantic Ocean and with an all-year-round mild climate, the island of Madeira is one of the most prestigious tourist destinations in Europe. With an extensive natural reserve, the most famous is the prehistoric and exuberant Laurissilva (laurel) forest, which has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the World Natural Heritage.
Nature, the temperate climate, the unique waterfalls, the local traditions, the culture, the cuisine, water and mountain sports, immense gardens and flowers, popular festivals, embroidery and Madeira wine, and the cosmopolitan city of Funchal make Madeira a multi-faceted destination.

The island of Madeira has a total surface area of 740Km2 and its highest point is Pico Ruivo at 1861 metres high.

The PortoBay hotels in Madeira are waiting for you : The Cliff Bay,
Porto Santa Maria, Eden Mar, Porto Mare, The Residence and PortoBay Serra Golf.

What to do

The east of the island, the west of the island, boat trips, gardens and flowers, madeira wine, museums, radical sports, gastronomy, poncha, old town...

"LEVADAS"

Walks along the typical Madeira waterways or "levadas" are much sought after and unique to the island. There are 1400 kilometres of pathways by the irrigation and water transport canals.

CABLE CARS

There are various in Madeira. Among those most visited are the ones that link the Old Town of Funchal city to the Monte and from here the Botanical Garden.

Golf

Madeira is increasingly a Golf destination with its two operating golf courses: Santo da Serra and Palheiro Golf…

THE EAST OF THE ISLAND

Curral das Freiras, Pico do Areeiro, the Laurissilva forest, the beehive houses at Santana, Ponta de São Lourenço, wicker handicrafts...

THE WEST OF THE ISLAND

Câmara de Lobos, Cape Girão, Ribeira Brava, the natural pools of Porto Moniz, Seixal, São Vicente caves...

BOAT TRIPS

A unique opportunity to be up close to the numerous mystical animals that are to be found in the waters of the archipelago: dolphins, whales and turtles...

GARDENS & FLOWERS

Madeira has various gardens worth visiting. The Botanical Garden, the Tropical Monte Palace Garden, the Funchal Municipal Garden, the Palheiro Gardens...

Madeira Wine

It is impossible to disassociate the history of the island of Madeira from its famous wine: Malvasia, Verdelho, Boal, Sercial… make the most of the guided visits…

Museums

Located in different points on the island, they present a wide cultural offer.

RADICAL SPORTS

Canyoning, Surfing, Diving, Down-Hill...The more adventurous have a unique stage to explore on the island of Madeira...

Gastronomy

The variety of regional quality products enables menus to be designed with speciality dishes. Poncha (a honey-based liquor), Madeira wine...

Poncha

The bars serve the traditional "poncha", made from honey, sugar cane spirit and lemon juice which makes a pleasant cocktail...

OLD TOWN

The historical part of the city of Funchal, better known as the 'Old Town' is a point of great cultural interest for everyone who visits the island.

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