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Madeira holidays have been popular with Brits for decades thanks to the island's botanical beauty, having been nicknamed "The Floating Garden". From the scenic coastline dotted with rocky coves to the botanical gardens and clifftop villages, Madeira holidays are some of the most naturally beautiful in Europe. This Portuguese resort boasts a year-round balmy climate, meaning you can flock here for short-haul summer island escapes and a splash of winter sun, too.
Visit the picturesque red-roof beachside villages to the west, start at Câmara de Lobos strolling up to the stunning views from observation platform 580m high at Cabo Girão. From wine tours to watching dolphins and whales up close, there's never a boring moment on this island. Historic highlights include museums like Quinta das Cruzes—home of the Portuguese captain who discovered Madeira—and Museu de Arte Sacra to get a glimpse into Madeira's rich history and culture.
Though rising in popularity, this Portuguese gem remains under the radar in comparison to the Canaries and Balearics so it's a great place to get away from it all. Tourists find it an affordable, safe base to explore nearby destinations, too. Porto Santo Island is home to some gorgeous beaches, while Porto Moniz is known for its rugged beauty and natural salt-water swimming pools. Want to dive a little deeper? The Garajau National Marine Park is a must for scuba diving on your Madeira holidays! For cosmopolitan vibes, the capital of Funchal on the south coast is full of cobbled streets, a smart marina, gorgeous beaches and lido's – plus great nightlife opportunities. Partner this with fantastic Madieran fare and your holidays to Madeira are set to be memorable.
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