Madeira is a tourist destination of unparalleled beauty, boasting a mild climate all year round, the main reason why it is referred to as the "Floating Garden" or the "Pearl of the Atlantic".
According to historians the name Madeira is derived from its extensive and dense forests, a green island, discovered by Portuguese navigators.
With a natural exuberance, Madeira Island is a very versatile destination. Nature Tourism is its ex-libris. With its stunning landscapes, diverse and abundant flora, Madeira possesses a variety of rare attractions.
There are more and more possibilities available. In the last few years several companies arose, focused in this area of tourism, offering additional quality and safety in the exploration of the island.
At the same time its cosmopolitan city Funchal, has a very low crime rate, making it an extremely safe city.
The sea which surrounds Madeira is over 3000 meters in depth, possessing an extremely rich deep sea fauna. As far as sea and sun is concerned the island offers a range of activities where whale and dolphin observation tours are always a good option. Contact with its marine life is another way of enjoying a different day with the family.
For surfing lovers, Madeira has several spots between Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar, in the westernmost part of the Island, which are considered the best in the world by several international surfers.
The northern coastal region of the island has a lush and unique landscape, as for example the natural pools of Porto Moniz and Seixal. These are of volcanic origin, where the sea enters naturally, thus making them excellent examples of the grandeur of nature and the sea of Madeira.
Famous for its gastronomical variety, Madeiran cuisine uses regional quality products, resulting in the most varied regional, international and even gourmet menus.
Its beef espetada (bay-leaf kebabs) served with bolo-do-caco (Bread) with garlic butter and milho frito (fried corn-flour squares), are internationally known, as are its varied fish dishes and always fresh seafood. Grilled steaks, tuna steaks, and sword fish steaks are just a few of these typical seafood delicacies. A variety of typical sweets and desserts are also available, to the delight of those who visit us.
The island of Madeira is well known for its hospitality. A vast number of cultural, gastronomic, regional, national and international events are available throughout the year. The best known are: The Carnival, The Flower Festival, The Atlantic Festival, The Wine Festival, The Colombo Festival, The Festival of Nature and the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Those who chose to visit us can choose the best season, depending on individual and personal taste.