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Pack your swim suit and bring out your sunglasses from their winter hideaway! On Madeira you can enjoy up to 20 degree Celsius even in winter. In addition to the pleasant climate, the island’s beautiful landscapes with more than 700 types of plants, overgrown mountains, and abundant green plains will soothe your mind and your soul. The perfect climate is the reason for excellent wines, the ideal match for the tasty local cuisine. What else do you need for a memorable vacation?
It has been said many times that Madeira is a destination for repeaters – once you have seen the island, you want to return again and again. It is almost impossible to visit all the sights during just one visit. The island’s 800 square kilometers offer a peerless wealth of natural and historic highlights. To name a few: the dramatic cliffs of Cabo Girão, the enchanted laurel forest of Laurisilva, or the impressive underwater world, best discovered on a whale- or dolphin-watching tour.
Madeira leaves nothing to be desired for culture buffs, either. The historic center of Funchal, dozens of museums throughout the island, and close to twenty interesting churches and cathedrals will make your heart beat faster.
But the island has even more in store for you: An extensive portfolio of sports. If you like to hike, mountain climb, or take your bicycle for a spin, look no further. Tennis and horseback-riding are offered at several venues. Make your adrenaline pump high up in a hot-air balloon. If you are into aquatics, select from among surfing, diving, water skiing, snorkeling, and fishing. Excellent golf courses offer ideal pastimes for amateurs and professionals. Another highlight on the island is wellness. Many hotels are following the trend and have extended their offerings accordingly.
From a culinary angle, Madeira is a haven of outstanding Portuguese cuisine. The fish on your plate comes directly from the ocean, accompanied by lush local vegetables, and topped off with fresh fruit. Your time will be well-spent on one of the many weekend markets, not only because of the very reasonable prices, but because of the special atmosphere. The aromas of herbs and of meat fresh from the grill are as enchanting as the plethora of clothes, flowers, and toys on offer here. If all this sounds like too much hustle, grab a deck chair and escape everything and everybody. Put your sunglasses on, hold your face towards the sun, and leave your worries behind. Germania promises you: It is possible on Madeira!