The Island of Eternal Springtime and the Pearl of the Atlantic, just two of names lovingly given to the island of Madeira.

Located 400 miles west of Morocco and on the same latitude as Bermuda, Madeira offers year round sunshine with temperatures remaining stable between17 and 24 degrees centigrade.

Within the Madeiran archipelago are four islands, two of which, Selvagens and Desertas are uninhabited and then Madeira and the small beach rich island of Porto Santo.

Madeira lends itself to a holiday for people who appreciate flora and fauna as well as those who enjoy an active walking holiday. The island has an abundance of ‘levada’ walks, these are walks alongside the islands’ irrigation system of mini canals which distribute the rainwater from the north of the island to the drier south. The levadas criss-cross the mountains and cover a total of 2500km. There are walking tours of the levadas for all fitness levels or you can just buy a map and chose your own route.

Madeira, although without the golden sandy beaches of neighbouring Porto Santo, has a few manmade beaches, lidos and wonderful hotel pools, often surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful tropical gardens. The ocean views and stunning scenery easily compensate.Madeira’s history is

Madeira’s history is as a part of the Portuguese empire although there is a major British influence on the island. The official language is Portuguese although English is widely spoken. The currency used is the Euro.

There are daily flights from London Gatwick to Madeira’s capital Funchal. Porto Santo is reachable by ferry from Madeira or a short flight from Funchal. During the summer months there are weekly flights to Porto Santo from London Gatwick.

The flight time to Funchal is approximately 3 ½ hours and there is no time change on GMT.There are plenty of different hotel options in Madeira, ranging from small and friendly to grand and impressive, something to suit all budgets and all tastes. There are also local ‘quintas’ which are country manor houses which have been lovingly restored and offered as tourist accommodation.

Here at Milford Travel we can find the right holiday for you in Madeira, whether you want an organised walking holiday or to relax in Belmond Reid’s Palace in 5* luxury. Please call 01590 644899 or email enquiries@milford-travel.com for further details.