Madeira, Portugal

Cruising to Madeira (Funchal)

Fancy visiting an island that boasts whale watching as a daily activity? Somewhere with charismatic coastline, gorgeous beaches and bustling towns? We already know the answer - welcome to Madeira, Portugal. Upon landing in Funchal, you may possibly question Maderia's supposedly different culture from Portugal's.

Terracotta roofed buildings with whitewashed walls aren't hard to come by on the mainland. Look closer, however, and you'll find this a highly invigorating place that is actually very individual and distinctive. Locals, who are blessed with an all-round summer climate, have a different way of life here. Festivals take place at different times thanks to the weather.

Then there are spectacular landscapes to explore - visionaries that wouldn't look out of place in the Lord of the Rings. Special events such as the Madeira Flower Festival are worth timing your visit for, as well as the annual Carnival in February and March.

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