The archipelago of Madeira is part of Portugal and is situated in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens and is located 973 km from Lisbon, 685 km from the African coast and 520 km from the Spanish island, Gran Canaria. It has a subtropical climate and is among the ten best destinations in the world to be visited, having been chosen in: 2013, 2014 and 2016 as the best European insular destination. Among other wonders to visit, the island of Madeira, the main island of the archipelago, has an area of 20% forest (Laurissilva), considered by UNESCO, in 1999 as World Heritage. It represents an approximate area of 15000 hectares, mainly located on the north coast, from 300 to 1300m high, and on the south coast, in some places difficult to access, from 700 to 1200 meters.
With activities for all visitors, the islands of the archipelago offers you sea and mountain attractions. You can practice a great diversity of sport activities, such as hang gliding and paragliding, diving, fishing, dolphin watching, stand up paddle, surfing, windsurfing, sailing and many others such as golf, karting, trail running, canyoning, climbing, walking, or biking. As an alternative, you also have the very well-known levadas (water canals) around the island, which integrate trails with dream like views that anyone would like to see and do. Finally, you can also choose to do urban tours, as the cities have multiple offers to choose from, or visit other places to the north and south of the island of Madeira and Porto Santo.
From Lisbon, arriving on the island of Madeira takes 1h30mins, through the International Airport of Madeira, located in the city of Santa Cruz and, from Porto Santo, through the Porto Santo Airport. There is also air and sea transportation between the two main islands.
The other two islands, Desertas and Selvagens, which you are able to visit, but only through accredited tourist providers, as the islands are uninhabited! If you visit by sea, you’ll arrive at the International Maritime station, Porto Funchal, and Porto de Abrigo in Porto Santo.