The influence of the English aristocracy is still very evident.
The archipelago was discovered in 1419 by João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, both captains of Prince Henry “The Navigator”.
Madeira comes from the word “wood” related to its forest.
In fact, Madeira is a true lush garden, the paradise for countless botanical species that adorn the island all year round with an unique exotic beauty.
It is also the habitat of many endemic species of animals, birds and butterflies.
Madeira is also renowned for its famous wines, warm subtropical climate and plenty of fresh and succulent fruits.
The main island is volcanic, rugged and green with high cliffs.
Madeira is known for its parks and gardens with an incredible number of plants, such as the Laurisilva Forest, approximately 15,000ha of land within the 27,000ha of Madeira Natural Park.
In Madeira there are some dark gray pebbles beaches, reminding of the island volcanic origin.
The stunning nature of the island always stamp many warm and vivid memories to the visitors.