A trip to Madeira is perfect if you're looking for the perfect blend of city thrills and natural beauty. This gorgeous Portuguese island has it all from trendy bars, shops and art museums to pristine beaches, waterfalls and caves. Read on to find out why Madeira is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a family holiday or couples retreat.
For a bird's eye perspective of the island take a cable car down from Monte. The top of the mountain is home to a lovely church, and the views of Funchal and the island are incredible. Madeira is a hiker's paradise, and anyone who enjoys walking in nature needs to spend some time on the island's levadas. Most of the walks are suitable for any level of hiker but be sure to do your research first. Levada Nova is popular for its canals and secret passageways that cut through mountains. There is also Levada do Castelejo which takes you through a lush valley and ends with stunning views of the ocean and a traditional fishing village. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the island's nature and wildlife. Try a whale-watching tour or the island's famous botanical gardens. Whatever sort of activity you're after you can be sure to find it in Madeira!