Madeira is also known as the floating garden, and with good reason. Bright red poinsettia flowers, deep pink bougainvillea and fragrant lilac jacaranda trees decorate these pretty islands, which also boast beautiful beaches and stunning mountainous landscapes.
This destination comprises a small group of islands, but visitors tend to flock to the biggest one, which has thus become generally known simply as Madeira. The sun soaked holiday spot is located in the Atlantic Ocean and makes the ideal setting for a relaxing break.
Hotels in Madeira, Portugal offer a great deal of choice, so whatever you’re looking for, you can find it on this scenic island destination. There is an emphasis on deluxe accommodation, so there are plenty of high-end all-inclusive and 5 star hotels in Madeira. Some properties are marketed mainly to families, and will provide all the right food and facilities to keep any youngsters happy, while other accommodation is better suited to couples, solo travellers or groups.
Madeira is rapidly becoming known for two things in particular. One is the main island’s nightlife. While it remains more low-key than certain other European party islands, there is a growing club scene here that will satisfy those who simply want to party. There are also some fabulous spas, which means that Madeira is also gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best spa destinations.
When searching for luxury hotels in Madeira, its capital, Funchal, makes a great base - or is definitely worth at least a day trip during your stay. The town is home to the Madeira Botanical Gardens, a spacious outdoor piece of paradise displaying emerald green foliage from all over the globe, as well as flowers in every glorious jewel or pastel-toned hue you can imagine.
Funchal is also a great place to dine. The harbour has plenty of fish restaurants and cafes to enjoy, while in the old town, the back streets are lined with traditional tavernas and cosy bars. Food in Madeira is frequently based around seafood, often freshly caught from the Atlantic that very day. It makes for cuisine that is low in food miles and high in flavour. Don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of Madeira, the local dessert wine.
If it’s sand you’re after, Ribeira Brava has a broad sweep of volcanic shoreline, while Calheta’s sands were imported from Morocco. Santa Cruz is a popular place for families, and has a pebble beach and plenty of family-friendly eateries.
Whatever kind of holiday you want, Madeira could be perfect for you. Why not check out the range of accommodation on offer in Madeira?