Madeira is the favorite destination of many Europeans who want to escape the European winter. Its welcoming mild climate can warm hearts and bodies and it is only 978 kilometers or about a 90-minute plane ride from Lisbon. The archipelago of Madeira has four primary regions; the island of Madeira, the island of Porto Santo, the deserted islands, and the wild islands. Make sure you have the Madeira Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map so you don’t get lost. Here are a few reasons why you should definitely check out Madeira, the island voted as the world’s leading island destination in the world in the 2016 World Travel Awards.
If you want to experience nature at its best then Madeira is the place to go. A visit to the Laurissilva Forest is a must. This subtropical rainforest is a UNESCO Natural Heritage of Humanity site and breathing in its fresh air is, by itself, an unforgettable experience. Historians believe that the island of Madeira has been around for more than 15 million years which is why it has such an extensive collection of flora and fauna. There are various ways you can explore Madeira such as walking, horseback riding, climbing, canyoning, mountain biking, geocaching, etc.
The food in Madeira is simply divine thanks to the fact that fresh ingredients are all around. The most popular foods in the archipelago are grilled Lapps, a variety of octopus and shrimp dishes, tuna steaks, and the Espetada (beef on a roasted spit with fried corn and bolo-do-caco). If you are looking for restaurants to visit here are the notable ones:
· Restaurant II Gallo D’Oro at The Cliff Bay Hotel – has two Michelin stars and serves the best Mediterranean cuisine in the archipelago.
· Maré Alta in Machico – specializes in fish and seafood.
· Adega da Quinta Restaurante – specializes in local Madeira cuisine.
· Ristorante Villa Cipriani at the Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel – serves luxurious meals at luxurious prices.
3. Water Activities
Madeira is perfect for people who love swimming and diving. Its waters have a temperature range of 19º to 24º which is ideal for diving, sailing, surfing, snorkeling, and many other aquatic activities. You can also go on a boat ride around the island; you might even encounter wild dolphins during the trip. Porto Moniz is home to numerous natural pools, all of which can be accessed for free. And Porto Santo has one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal.
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