World's Leading Island Destination 2019
Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2019
Madeira flourished as a tourist destination in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, it has become known as a refuge of natural beauty in the middle of the Atlantic. The blue sea, the green vegetation and colourful flowers come together in a group of islands of which two-thirds is a protected area. In the hotels of Madeira holidaymakers will find peace and tranquility and will love the stunning climate offered by this destination.
One of the main attractions of Madeira, both the island and the archipelago, is its lush natural landscape that combines characteristics of tropical climates and the Mediterranean, with the vegetation forming a spectacular mosaic.
One of the most emblematic places amidst this lush vegetation is the fascinating Laurisilva forest, recognised in 1999 as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Laurisilva forest is considered a great natural treasure and almost all the area it covers is part of the Madeira Nature Reserve.
One of the best ways of discovering this ecological paradise is by walking along the paths and «levadas» that traverse the heart of this forest, and enjoying direct contact with the native flora and fauna.
Along with the Madeira Natural Park, the destination offers you the chance to visit nature reserves such as the Santana Biosphere Reserve, honoured by UNESCO in June 2011 with the distinction of “Biosphere Reserve”; the Desertas Islands Nature Reserve, the last Atlantic sanctuary of the monk seal; the Salvajes Islands Nature Reserve, one of the oldest in Portugal; the Parcial do Garajau Nature Reserve, a fantastic marine reserve created in 1986; and the Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve.
Despite its relatively small size, Madeira boasts a huge variety of stunning landscapes and charming towns. The archipelago is ideal for discovering extraordinary spots set amidst lush nature.
The Allegro Madeira hotel offers you the perfect chance to discover Funchal, the capital of the archipelago and the ideal destination for a holiday offering a pleasant climate and plenty of places to visit: the Sé, La Colegiata church, Largo de Município (Town Market) or the Los Labradores market, among others.
To continue your journey, you can choose from sights such as Cabo Girão, the world's second highest cliff; Curral das Freiras, with one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island; Paul da Serra, Madeira's largest plateau ; the Encumeada pass, with the spectacular vegetation of the Laurissilva forest; or Ponta de São Lourenço, the most easterly point of the island.
In addition, what really makes the island of Madeira distinctive are its volcanic beaches. The beaches of Madeira are black because the sand is of volcanic, precisely what makes them so special. Playa de Porto Santo, Ribeira Brava, Praia Formosa or Praia da Fajã dos Padres are among the best black sand beaches of the whole Atlantic