With its endless landscape of lush green valleys, craggy peaks and black sand coastlines, it's no wonder Madeira is known as the 'Floating Garden'. It really is a feast for the eyes, and you can enjoy it all while sampling Madeira wine – a speciality that originated on the island.
Madeira might be a little pinprick in the Atlantic Ocean, but this island has much to offer when it comes to Portugal holidays. It's part of a Portuguese archipelago that's not far from the Canary Islands and Africa – and you can feel it in the weather, which is almost constantly warm.
This tiny island is renowned for its landscape, which is paved with greenery sloping down valleys and up steep peaks, home to waterfalls, caves and a diverse range of flora and fauna. It isn't exactly a hotspot for beaches, though you'll find a few manmade shores and pebbly coasts that are sure to do the trick.
Divide your time between the black sand beach, saltwater swimming pools and clifftop walks of Canical. You'll be based near an upmarket marina and have lots of options in seafood restaurants nearby. Just down the road are the towns of Machico and the capital Funchal.
A charming seaside village with plenty of opportunities for exploring the surrounding landscape, Canico de Baixo is a resort with lots to offer. You can catch a cable car down to the beach, go diving around a shipwreck, play 18 holes at the golf course or visit the spa.
With a classy marina providing bay chic, Funchal provides a sensational selection of modern and old fashioned accommodation, bars and restaurants. Days can be spent by the beach or travelling by cable car to botanical gardens. Then in the evening the nightlife and restaurants will give you plenty of flavour.
A relaxed town in the southeastern Madeira countryside, Santa Cruz has a pebble beach and its own waterpark - Aquaparque - plus a lido and surf school. A beautiful 16th-century church adds character to the town and there's a great permanent market.