Madeira was the first territory to be conquered during the Portuguese Age of Discovery in 1419. The capital Funchal provides striking testimony to this historic importance, where you can encounter a 16th century cathedral, colonial restaurants and flamboyant gardens.

Away from the city, the dramatic scenery is distinguished by picturesque hilltop cottages and narrow canals that weave their way through the luscious landscape. The indigenous Laurissilva forest is considered a unique relic of the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal.

The neighbouring island of Porto Santo is home to Europe’s most untouched beach location, with golden sands and a privileged climate. Infact, 2/3 of the islands represent protected zones with flourishing vegetation and distinct tropical species.

The locals are creative and proud with their traditions, reflective upon the widespread appreciation for cultural festivities throughout the year such as the “Festival of the Atlantic” and the “Columbus festival.” Indeed, New Year in Madeira is a truly enchanting and vibrant place to celebrate, hosting the world’s largest fireworks display in 2006.

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