Portugal's most popular island welcomes you with year-round sunshine and impressive mountain scenery. Lying halfway between Portugal's south coast and the shores of Africa, Madeira is an island that specialises in luxury, home to some of the best hotels in the world, including Reid's Palace, whose reputation for excellence reaches back over a century.
In the past levadas were built across the island as a means of irrigation and today these aqueducts that criss-cross the stunning volcanic landscape are the best way to explore Madeira's flora and fauna. In fact the Laurissilva forest regions are so rich in plant species that they have been named one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.
Belmond Reid's Palace, Madeira
More than simply a hiking hotspot, this is the place for an all-terrain Portuguese adventure. Rappel into mountain canyons, scuba dive off the coast, or discover some of the best surf spots in the world around the beaches of São Vicente and Porto da Cruz.