Our last minute holidays to Madeira land you on the shores of this postcard-pretty Portuguese island in no time.
Explore the Madeira Botanical Gardens
Madeira gets its nickname ‘The Floating Garden’ from its patchwork of colourful flora and fauna. The Madeira Botanical Gardens in Funchal showcases lots of blooms from around the globe, plus there’s a Portuguese mansion to root around.
Go tobogganing in Monte
Most people hitch a ride on the cable car up to the Monte viewpoint that overlooks Funchal. But the locals have come up with an ingenious way to get back down again — a toboggan with first-rate views.
Sip Madeira wine in Funchal
Most bars in Funchal will serve you an authentic glass of sweet Madeira wine. It’s one of the most famous tipples in Portugal, having been made on the island since the 19th century. Lively nights, meanwhile, come courtesy of the port area, where the clubs are open until dawn.
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