Visitors to Madeira have no shortage of things to do during their holiday on the small Portuguese north-Atlantic island. The trails alongside the levadas (old water channels) offer great opportunities for pleasant walks through the island’s volcanic landscape, while water-based activities include sailing, windsurfing and even diving.
Of all Portuguese wines, Madeira wine is distinctive for its durability. Once opened the wine can be drunk up to a year later and will still preserve its original flavour. The reason for this longevity is found in the production of the wine, which involves heating
Europe is home to many of the world’s greatest wine growing nations and whilst France, Spain and Italy might be the first countries that spring to mind there are a whole host of others that produce some spectacular wines. Right now there are lots of exciting wineries
The Travel Foundation has designated July 2013 as ‘Make Holidays Greener Month’ and the specific theme is ‘Link to what is local’. With this is mind we are creating an Insider Guide to Greener Holidays, where you can view a selection of holiday ideas that are not only
Madeira is well known as an excellent walking destination – miles of trails winding across the island with almost unending views of the Atlantic Ocean. Yet one of the island’s most unlikely tourist attractions is a toboggan ride from the gardens at Monte down the steep roads
Madeira is well known as an excellent walking destination, with many miles of trails crossing the island along its coast and up into its mountainous interior. Walkers will at some point encounter the ‘levadas’ of Madeira and these provide a fascinating insight into one the major challenges
If you’re looking for an escape from the British autumn chill, Madeira offers a great chance of sunshine and temperatures that can reach 20°C long after the central heating at home has been turned up to full power. Autumn on Madeira is a time for harvest festivals
There are many reasons to visit the green Atlantic island of Madeira. Some come for the excellent walking trails, others to enjoy the slow pace of life and the fresh food and wine for which the island is well known. Stay for a while and you’re bound
At the stroke of midnight on Dec 31st 2006 a set of loud explosions boomed out across the island of Madeira. The pyrotechnic extravaganza that followed earned the island a highly prized entry in the Guinness Book of Records for holding the Largest Ever Firework Display, with
I must admit, this is not an easy question for me to answer. We are avid walkers and have covered several long-distance paths, both in the UK and elsewhere. And along the way we’ve learned the hard difference between walking with a guide and walking by ourselves.