1420 by João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz da Silva, two officers sailing under the
orders of Henry the Navigator, Madeira has ever since been a port of call for ships
sailing to distant Asian lands.
Because of its volcanic soil, flowers brought here have developed and multiplied greatly, producing a very rich variety of exotic flowers.
After a good
golf game, what better way to relax than with a glass of famous Madeira wine. And
afterwards, perhaps, a visit to Cape Girão, or to the little village of Câmara de Lobos,
Winston Churchill's favourite place, or even to the natural pools of Porto Moniz and
Curral das Freiras, a very deep valley, which is one of the most beautiful sights on the
In the capital, Funchal, wander through ancient streets lined with beautiful
churches and houses, their windows framed with basalt stone. Do not miss the Museu de Arte
Sacra, with very rare pieces of religious art from the 15th and 16th centuries, and the
Museu da Quinta das Cruzes.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Bernard Shaw, Sarah Bernhardt, John dos Passos, and Winston
Churchill were some of the famous international personalities who chose to hide away from
the world in Madeira's wonderful hotels, surrounded by exotic gardens.
Câmara de Lobos
If you have time to spare, dedicate one day to go to the small island of Porto
Santo, where you will find a 9-kilometre sandy beach.
Although Madeira has always
been a traditional winter destination, its summers are just as warm and pleasant.
Season High 25 C/ 77 F - Low 18 C / 65 F