Maderia is perfect to escape British winter

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Madeira is the most beautiful island and you can visit it at any time of the year, given the temperate nature of its climate.

Madeira has beautiful flowers, amazing walks (levadas) and so many celebrations and festivals throughout the year.

It is also an ideal choice when you want to escape the long, dull British winter. On Porto Santo, Madeira’s beach island, the climate is stable and dry with little change from season to season, so sunbathing and swimming are possible all year round!

Madeira is rich in history and has many places of interest, small traditional villages, museums and churches – and locals who delight in sharing the history with the visitors.

The hotels are wide ranging – from secluded buildings to mountain hideaways. There are small and friendly bases, luxurious hotels and prestigious quintas – delightfully restored manor houses. A lot of emphasis is placed on character and location of the properties in Madeira and they are very proud of this, having experienced many invasions and occupations.

The tiny island of Port Santo measures a mere seven miles by four miles and lies to the north east of Madeira, easily reached by a 20-minute flight from Funchal airport, or a two-hour ferry crossing from the harbour, making it an ideal two-centre holiday.

Porto Santo boasts of beautiful golden sandy beaches which, of course, Madeira does not have – therefore this makes for a restful retreat after your wine tasting and walking in Madeira!

The people are the most friendly and courteous. The Island of Eternal Springtime, Pearl of the Atlantic and Floating Garden of the Atlantic are just a few of the epithets awarded to Madeira.

If you’re looking for a winter break with a difference ask for Madeira – you won’t be disappointed.