World's Leading Island Destination 2019
Madeira flourished as a tourist destination in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, it is known as a refuge of natural beauty in the middle of the Atlantic. The blue of the sea, the green vegetation and colorful flowers come together in a archipelago where two thirds of its surface is protected. In the hotels in Madeira Visitors will find peace and quiet and can enjoy the stunning climate offered by this destination.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Madeira, As well as the island and archipelago, it lies in the lush landscape that combines characteristics of the tropical climate and Mediterranean, with a spectacular mosaic of vegetation.
Among the most emblematic places of lush vegetation is the fascinating the native forest of Laurisilva, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 as a World Heritage Site. The Laurisilva Forest is considered a great natural treasure and almost all of the area is included in the Madeira Natural Park.
One of the best ways to discover this ecological paradise is to walk along the paths and "levadas" that traverse the soul of this forest, enjoying direct contact with the native flora and fauna.
Right next to Madeira Nature Reserve, the destination offers you the opportunity to visit nature reserves such as the Santana Biosphere Reserve, recognized in June 2011 by UNESCO, with the distinction of "Biosphere Reserve"; the Natural Reserve of the Desertas Islands, the final Atlantic refuge for the monears; the Wild Islands Natural Reserve, one of the most ancient nature reserves in Portugal; the Partial Natural Reserve, which has been created in 1986; and the Natural Reserve of Rocha do Christmas.
Despite its relatively small size, Madeira is rich in impressive landscapes and charming towns. The archipelago is ideal for discovering extraordinary spots surrounded by lush nature.
The Allegro Madeira hotel offers the perfect opportunity to discover Funchalthe capital of the archipelago is an ideal destination for holidays with a pleasant climate and many places to visit: the Sé, the Universiata, Largo do Município (Municipal Square) or the Mercado de los Labrador Market (two Washers), among many others.
To continue the tour, visitors can choose from points of interest such as Cabo Girão, the world’s second tallest cliff; Cural das Freiras, with one of the most impressive landscapes of the island; Paul da Serra, the largest plateau of Madeira; the Passage of La Survemeada, where it is compulsory to see the spectacular vegetation of the Laurissilva forest; or Ponta de São Lourenço, the most easterly point on the island.
In addition, if a peculiarity has the island of Madeira, they are its volcanic beaches. The beaches of Madeira are black as its sand is of volcanic origin and this is precisely what makes them so special. Playa de Porto Santo, Ribeira Brava, Praia Formosa or Praia da Fajã dos Padres are some of the best black sand beaches in the Atlantic