Madeira’s fascinating landscape is characterized by cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea. When explorers came upon the island of Madeira in about 1420, they thought its dark cliffs signaled the gates of hell. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own beautiful flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.
Visitors come for the natural beauty, and they stay to experience the climate, golf, hiking, deep sea fishing, diving, and old world charm of the two island and their cities and small towns. Madeira remains an uncrowned and authentic jewel of European charm, where a visitor can experience fine wines, mountain hiking, or city culture—or easily all three in one day.