What there is to see and do in Madeira
When I think of Madeira, thoughts of golden sands, bright sunshine and warm sea springs to mind (as well as the cake!). The Portuguese island is a hugely popular destination for beach breaks, as it offers everything you could want from a sunny getaway – here are just a few things I would love to see in Madeira.
Before you can consider going on holiday somewhere, you need to know a little bit about the destination. Well, Madeira is situated in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal and north Africa. Its warm climate means you’ll get to enjoy excellent weather, particularly if you come here during the summertime. But be warned – other tourists may have the same idea, so make sure you book your trip in advance to make sure you secure accommodation, a flight or a cruise.
One of my favourite facts about Madeira is that it has a UNESCO World Heritage Site because its woodland – the Laurisilva Forest – is the largest evergreen area in the world. This means the island is just as attractive to horticultural enthusiasts as it is to sun worshippers, particularly as the isle is covered in exotic flowers and fruits.
Get back to nature
As a result of its beautiful landscape, Madeira is a great place to get back to nature, and if I came here, I’d love to spend my time walking along some of the 1,500 km of paths. You can expect to see changes in the scenery as you stretch your legs, with valleys, mountains, forests, beaches and thick woodlands all being common here.
If you fancy giving your muscles a workout, you can climb up some of its mountains, with its peaks reaching more than 1,860 m. Even if you don’t reach a summit, you can stop at a few of the great viewpoints along the way and take a look out over the island and the surrounding sea in the distance.
Hit the beach
Of course, if I’m going on a beach holiday, finding out about the sandy stretches at the destination is the most important thing on my to do list. On the island of Madeira, you’ll have lots of beaches to choose from.
Formosa Beach, Valentine Beach and New Beach are popular areas among holidaymakers, as they have everything you could want from the seaside. I don’t know about you, but I look for restaurants, bars and shops along the stretch of sand I visit so everything I need is within easy reach (including a cheeky ice cream in the hot, sunny afternoon!), and these beaches are equipped with all these amenities.
Madeira is actually a great place to go for water sports enthusiasts, as you can go diving, jet skiing, water skiing, surfing and sailing – you name it, they’ve got it. Now, I’m not the most adventurous person and I’ve also not got great sea legs, but one activity I would certainly do is go whale watching. Lots of dolphins, turtles and whales come to waters surrounding the island, and you can take a boat trip on a tour to see some of the creatures in their natural habitat – amazing!
There are many ways you can get to Madeira, including on a holiday with Celebrity Cruises. If you want more information about the types of trips the liner offers, click here.