Made up of 4 small islands, Madeira is renowned for its natural beauty – the volcanic soil here is so fertile that most things can grow wild and free. Out of the wilderness, a number of formal gardens have been carved – enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Palheiro Gardens in the hills above the capital of Funchal.
On your Madeira cruise, discover the Levadas - mini canals created as irrigation systems in the 16th century, which snake their way across the mountains, covering 2500km. You can embark on a number of Levada walks and absorb the peaceful natural beauty of rural Madeira.
The laidback pace of life and restorative atmosphere of Madeira allows you to rediscover a sense of inner calm. H N Coleridge, nephew of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, mused that “Madeira ensures every European comfort with almost every tropical luxury”. This sums up Madeira – it is familiar and welcoming, yet also offers an exotic charm.