At the heart of the Atlantic ocean halfway between Portugal and Africa, you’ll find the subtropical island of Madeira that has a surface area of 736 km2
Known, worldwide as the island of eternal spring, or pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira has a mild climate throughout the entire year, with temperatures rarely exceeding 28ªC in summer and 17ºC in winter time. The Portuguese navigators Tristão Vaz Teixeira, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and João Gonçalves Zarco officially discovered the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo in 1419. Over the centuries Madeira was visited by a great number of very influential people (like the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, also known as Sissi, Napoleon, King Edward of England, Winston Churchill, Guglielmo Marconi, etc) and it became, without trying, one of the earliest tourist resorts. Madeira is justifiably also known as the floating garden since more than 2/3 of the island is a protected natural park, and recently its subtropical Laurissilva Forest has been considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Last but not least Madeira is famous for its wine and
gastronomy and for its enchanting flower festival.