- Madeira Luxury holidays
The island of Madeira gives its name to the entire archipelago, located some 250 miles north of the Canaries and treated as an autonomous region of Portugal. Around a million tourists visit the archipelago each year, and its gastronomy, flora and fauna combine to create a luxurious destination for a relaxing and indulgent break. Most find this tranquil destination the ideal location for forgetting about a hectic home life or busy schedule.
Sample authentic Madeira cuisine
The Madeira archipelago is known for its gastronomy, not only in terms of food, but also drink, with fortified wine known as a local delicacy throughout the islands. Unusually, the wine is deliberately exposed to oxygen, as well as being heated, to simulate the effects of a long ocean voyage and develop the specific flavours that make Madeira unique. The wine also gives its name to Madeira cake, a popular snack in the UK, but this is not part of the islands' cuisine. In fact the local cake, Bolo de Mel or 'honey cake', is very dark when made using molasses, and has a texture that can be compared to a soft, sticky cookie.
Madeira - made for tourism
Head to Madeira today and you will be a part of a hugely important tourist economy, which is well catered for on Madeira Island and elsewhere in the archipelago. An example of this is the beach at Calheta, once a fishing community with a rocky shore, it now holds sandy beaches perpendicular to the shoreline, and is enclosed by a horseshoe-shaped protective wall.
When should I visit Madeira?
Despite its oceanic location, Madeira has a largely Mediterranean climate, with a relatively small range of daily mean temperatures. In winter, the average day is around 16-17°C, while between June and October the temperatures creep above 20°C and up towards 23°C or more. Average lows are around 14-15°C from December through to May, and have never been recorded at anywhere close to freezing, the lowest being around 6°C. July and August are not just the warmest months; they are also the driest, with almost no rainfall at all, but if you prefer a little more humidity in the atmosphere, any time in the spring or autumn months should offer a little more precipitation, with slightly cooler temperatures too.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays are all about indulgence – something you deserve to enjoy on your next getaway. If you want to enjoy lazy days and cocktails at the pool, you can. If you want to team exploration of the region with luxury hotel spa services, why not treat yourself? A luxury holiday offers all you need for the perfect break away. With so much choice and flexibility, a luxury holiday is always worth the extra expense. Madeira offers something a little different to the norm. Instead of busy bars and shopping spots, you’ll find beautiful landscapes, lush greenery and plenty of wildlife.