Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal situated in the Atlantic Ocean and is known affectionately as the 'Island of Eternal Spring', courtesy of its constant year round mild climate (between 20º - 27ºC).
With breathtaking landscapes, lush sub-tropical greenery and stunning beaches, it is not difficult to understand why Madeira attracts so many returning tourists year after year. One of the best beaches is to be found at the resort of Calheta which boasts crystal clear turquoise waters, powdery golden sands and a charming marina where one can partake in watersports such as diving, windsurfing or sailing.Nightlife in Madeira is mainly focused in the city of Funchal where you will find world class clubs and wine bars rubbing shoulders with more traditional folk dancing venues and live music bars. It is recommended not to leave the island without first sampling one of the local drinks such as “Poncha à Pescador” (Fishermans' Poncha), a potent sweet cocktail made with white rum, sugar, fresh lemons and water. And I do mean potent - you have been warned!