Madeira island is one of Europe's oldest travel locations and many thousands of tourists return year after year.
Madeira offers not only a pleasant year round climate and wonderful fauna and flora - Madeira is also virtually crime free and one of the safest holiday destinations in the world!

The last day of our stay on Madeira. After breakfast and check-out we're heading to Machico where buying some snacks. Today we have trek on the most eastern part of the island. The area looks completely different than other parts of the island. It's dry, arid place... and wild as other places.

There are differing opinions as to what is the best way to fill remote islands. Some tend to view pieces of land surrounded by large tracts of water as perfect sites for penal colonies such as Alcatraz, Robben Island, St.Helena, and Australia. Others of a more gentle nature build hotels and invite people to sit back and relax in the sub-tropical sunshine and call it paradise.

Opinions as to the use of Madeira have changed somewhat since its discovery in 1419. In the early days of settlement on Madeira, a shortage of man power was soon resolved with a raid on the prisons of Lisbon for a shipload of degredados. However, long ago the getaway brigade discovered on this island a welcoming populace, a wonderful climate, and an ever increasing and diverse supply of hotels and other tourist accommodation to suit every taste and budget.

The island of Madeira is lapped by the waters of the gulf stream with warm comfortable summers and mild winters that make it an enchanting holiday destination all year round. Rugged mountains with spectacular panoramic views contrast strikingly with the lush green of the countryside's vineyards, banana plantations and brilliant flashes of sub-tropical flowers.