Madeira – A Destination for Micro-Adventurers and Sybarites

This Portuguese island is set to be a hot spot for 2018

Biking in Madeira

Biking

Hiking in Madeira

Hiking

Ride a Toboggan

Ride a Toboggan

Cuisine in Madeira

Cuisine in Madeira

Madeira Wine

Madeira Wine

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

Madeira is set to be a prime hot spot destination in Europe for the winter of 2017 and throughout 2018, with a host of recent openings, world-class restaurants and flight routes launching.

For the Micro-Adventurer – Nature Lovers, Fitness Fanatics and Thrill Seekers

‘Micro-adventures’ was named one of the top travel trends for 2017 and Madeira, otherwise known as ‘the islands of eternal spring’ fits perfectly; being just a short, three-and-a-half-hour flight from London and with direct flights from many airlines, including BA and EasyJet.

On the same latitude as Morocco, and with some of the most striking landscapes in Europe, akin to far-flung destinations such as Brazil, the Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate and dramatic mountainous terrain. Madeira has a unique eco-system and is one of the few places where banana trees grow next to vineyards. In 1999 the archipelago was named A UNESCO World Heritage Site and five areas have been declared nature reserves.

The diverse and beautiful landscape invites nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike to experience a multitude of activities including hiking, canyoning, trail-running through the mountains, scuba diving and rock climbing. There is a wealth of water-based sports available, such as surfing, fishing and scuba diving as well as incredible whale and dolphin spotting opportunities.

For those wanting to experience both outdoor activity with relaxation on the beach, the island of Porto Santo is just two hours away from Funchal by boat. This understated and largely undiscovered island boasts a 9km golden sandy beach with crystal clear waters. The volcanic sand is also scientifically proven to have healing properties and visitors can submerse themselves in the granules for a fully rejuvenating experience.

For the Sybarite – Fine Dining, Top Hotels, Culture and Nightlife

The capital Funchal has a buzzy, cosmopolitan atmosphere with world-class restaurants and bars, as well as plenty of local gems, in which to experience alfresco-style dining with breath-taking views across the bay. As of 2016 there are two restaurants with Michelin Stars in Funchal and another top restaurant at the new Nini Design Centre, as well as a plethora of local specialties to sample: from limpets cooked in garlic and olive oil, to the black scabbard fish (espada), beef cooked on laurel branches (espetada) and poncha, made from honey, lemon and aguardente (sugar cane alcohol). Then of course there is also Madeira wine a plenty.

For an island of its size, the variety of high-end hotel and accommodation options are outstanding: from the iconic ‘grand dame’ destination hotels set in sub-tropical gardens, to boutique hotels.

Madeira is also a destination that knows how to party. There is a calendar of festivals throughout the years, from The Carnival with similarities to that of Rio, to world-class fireworks at New Year, and the Atlantic Festival throughout the month of June, with street-performances, concerts and shows.

What’s Hot in Madeira?
  • Jet 2 will be launching flights to Madeira from Stansted and Birmingham in winter 2017/2018
  • There are now two Michelin-starred restaurants in Funchal – Il Gallo D’Oro won its second star in November 2016 and William Restaurant at Belmond Reid’s Palace also won a star in 2016
  • Castanheiro Hotel Boutique has opened in Funchal
  • Nini Design Centre opened in Funchal in November 2015 by Madeira’s famed designer Nini Andrade Silva
  • There are now two glamping companies in Madeira. One on the south coast and one on the north coast

For further information visit www.madeiraallyear.com

Madeira

Madeira, otherwise known as ‘the islands of eternal spring’ is just a short, three-and-a-half-hour flight from London. It is 801 square km in size and has a population of 267K. On the same latitude as Morocco, the Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate and rich volcanic soil. Madeira has a unique eco-system and is one of the only places in the planet where banana trees grow next to vineyards. In 1999 the archipelago was named A UNESCO World Heritage Site and five areas have been declared nature reserves. The Madeira Nature Reserve covers a substantial 2/3rds of the main island, where development is prohibited.

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