The archipelago of Madeira is a group of islands situated in the Atlantic but being part of Portugal. Madeira is situated 700 Km from the African coast 1.000 Km from mainland Portugal and Funchal is its capital. Belonging to this archipelago is also Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Desertas and Selvagens.
Madeira was the name given by the first sailors when arriving here in 1419 due to the fact that it was covered with trees (Madeira meaning Wood) predominantly Laurels.
With a natural Laurissilva forest a mild climate and spectacular sceneries the island of Madeira is a place to come any time of the year. It is volcanic origin hence its mountains and valleys where grows the famous “Madeira Wine”. Quite often been called “the floating garden” it is an ideal place for flower lovers.