Madeira Island is situated in the Atlantic Ocean 560 km from the African coast. It is known for its mild climate throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging between 17ºC in Winter and 25º in Summer, and for its fantastic mountain scenery, enriched by a flora and fauna that will not leave you indifferent. The beaches of Madeira are known for its temperate waters, due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. In summer the water average temperature it’s around 22ºC and 18ºC in the Winter.
The Laurel forest, declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, is one of the biggest Madeira wealth. The Laurel forest occupies an area of 15,000 hectares ( that represents 20% of the Island itself), in the slopes on the north side, coated by steep green slopes and deep valleys. It is the most extensive and best preserved Laurel Forest of the Atlantic Islands..
If you are a enthusiastic of Nature and active tourism, the island of Madeira offers you the opportunity of having some holidays filled with sport activities in complete harmony with nature. Conquer the mountains while riding a mountain bike, or simply just go for a trail run or a soft hike if you like heights, you can always go for paragliding. Canyoning is another great option for discovering the most secret and untouched places. If the sea is your element, keep in mind that there are excellent spots for surfing and bodyboarding, where you can fly over the waves.
Among all the outdoor activities available in Madeira, levada walks and hikes are the most choosen to discover Madeira´s beauty.