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When: Madeira is a lovely destination at any point in the year. Whilst the summer is rarely unbearably hot, you might prefer to visit in the spring months when the island is in full bloom after the winter rains.
Where: Funchal is a fascinating city with lots to see and do. There is some magnificent colonial architecture such as the Colegio Church and Se Cathedral as well as the Sao Lourenco Palace. There are also a number of beautiful botanical gardens which are well worth exploring.
Why: Because Funchal is a fascinating and well preserved city of the age of the great Portuguese explorers. The Mercado dos Lavradores is well worth exploring and the beach of Porto Santo is within close proximity.
When: Why not head out to Madeira in the middle of summer to catch the weather at its finest, with temperatures pushing 30ºC every day and little chance of rain?
Where: Carico do Baixo is a great destination. The old town centre is a charming little 18th century settlement with a quaint town square and beautiful church and a couple of kilometres away is a great stretch of beach.
Why: Carico do Baixo offers a great culinary scene as well as a number of charming bars and nightlife spots. There are some chic designer hotels and the opportunity for scuba diving as well as a selection of other water sports.
When: With gorgeous climates throughout the year, you could head to Madeira for scorching midsummer temperatures or for a much needed spot of winter sun. It is in the spring when the island is at perhaps its most attractive.
Where: Porta do Sol is a gorgeous coastal town with attractive red roofed houses looking out over a vineyard of banana trees and vineyards. There is also a stretch of black volcanic beach here.
Why: Porta do Sol offers some gorgeous boutique and designer accommodation with excellent views and a great culinary scene. Visitors can enjoy relaxing on the beach or can go scuba diving or swimming with bottle nosed dolphins. This is the perfect destination for a romantic holiday.
When: If the children find high temperatures unendurable, why not head out in the easter holidays when the island is looking its most beautiful, or in the autumn half term when the tropical sunshine is a welcomed relief from the approach of winter?
Where: Santo do Sera is a beautiful little old village in the mountains of the north east of the island. It is a charming place to stay and offers access to the some of the island's most stunning landscapes, ideal for a walking or horse riding holiday. The Santo da Serra Golf Course is just a short distance away.
Why: Because Madeira is a magnificent destination. Its stunning landscapes and beautiful climate will appeal to visitors of all ages and there are a huge number of sporting and recreational activities to enjoy here.