Madeira Portugal Review | Travel

Getting away from it all seems like an ever narrowing window of opportunity, but if you can squeeze a trip there, Madeira is the place to go. Filled with dense green forests, volcanic mountains and beautiful coastlines, this unique island could very easily be the location of the next Jurassic Park movie. There might not be any dinosaurs, but there is plenty of sun, sea, nature and Portuguese culture to explore.

Flight time is around 3 hours (ish) from Gatwick and takes you to Funchal Airport on the island, around 1000 km from mainland Portugal and 500 km from Africa, which means temperatures in winter are around 17 degrees. Not too bad eh? Arriving at the airport during COVID means everyone is tested and free. This is a well organized and relatively quick operation – we recovered our results (COVID free) within 12 hours.

Our first glimpse of the island is the trip from the airport to our first of two hotels, the Pestana Quinta do Arco and the road reveals extraordinary and spectacular landscapes. Winding roads up and down misty mountain peaks give way to spectacular views of lush green, levadas (small irrigation canals), golden beaches, deep valleys, and majestic hills. It is incredibly beautiful.

Pestana Quinta do Arco is on the north coast of Madeira, giving way to views of the Laurissilva Forest and the Atlantic Ocean. With two pools and lovely rooms with their own kitchenettes and terraces (rates start at € 57 a night), this is a great place. It is also home to Jardim das Rosas, the largest rose garden in the world with over 1,700 species of roses.

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