Madeira is an archipelago 750 miles southwest of Lisbon in the Atlantic Ocean, with a nearly perfect climate—warm in winter and never too warm in summer.
Two cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea characterize Madeira’s fascinating landscape. When explorers came upon the island of Madeira in about 1419, they thought its dark cliffs signaled the gates of hell. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own beautiful flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.
Visitors come for the natural beauty, and they stay to experience the beaches, golf, hiking, deep sea fishing, diving, and old world charm of the two island and their cities and small towns. Madeira remains an uncrowned and authentic jewel of European charm, where a visitor can experience the beach, mountain hiking, or city culture—or easily all three in one day.