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The best of Madeira
From landing on its famously tricky runway to hurtling down a polished hill in a wicker basket or venturing onto a glass platform almost 600 metres above sea level, Madeira really is jam-packed with thrills and fun. Add in crisscrossing walking trails across hills and mountains via a centuries-old irrigation system, a breathtaking coastline that mixes natural volcanic pools with both beautiful beaches, magical laurel forests, bountiful nature reserves, a great food scene and a gorgeous climate that fills the island with all sorts of fantastic flora, you've got a bucket-list holiday hotspot. The hotels here reflects the many facets of the island, from sleek contemporary ocean-facing beauties to old-school old town spots set in, you guessed it, old schools. Add in Art Nouveau villas, a funky collaboration with famous local boy Cristiano Ronaldo and James Bond-style cliff-top eyries and you really do have something for everyone – which nicely sums up Madeira itself.