With its hot summers, mild winters, dramatic scenery and direct flights from many regional airports, Madeira is the perfect destination for a long weekend, week or two week getaway.
There is a lot more to this little island than meets the eye, as Paul, our Madeira specialist reveals……
Steam-driven rum distillery
The tiny village of Porto da Cruz is home to one of the island’s few surviving rum distilleries: the Engenho do Norte. There are three Engenho’s on the island, and the distillery here in Porto da Cruz is the only one still driven by steam. One of Madeira’s best loved cakes is made from a by-product of the distillery – molasses, which is the main ingredient in Bolo de Melo, (or ‘Honey Cake’ in English):
Europe’s Highest Cliff Skywalk
The miradouro at Cabo Girao looks out over one of Europe’s highest sea cliffs. A glass skywalk was constructed in 2012 which extends out over the cliff above the 580m sheer drop – it’s not a walk for the fainthearted:
Madeira’s small island neighbour Porto Santo is home to one of Portugal’s best beaches. The 9km long Praia Fontinha beach makes up most of the island’s south coast – and it rarely ever gets busy: there just aren’t enough people on the island:
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