Tending to attract mature visitors, Madeira is a complete contrast to the neighbouring Spanish Canaries - it is fertile and laid back ... well, almost.
Younger, discerning holidaymakers have also discovered the island and brought about a modest change of attitude towards tourism.
For example; a few nightclubs have sprung up in Funchal, but they are more geared towards the lively jet-set than lads and 'ladettes'.
Madeira has little to offer families due a lack of beaches and the entertainments tend to be hotel-based.
'Olde-worlde' and proud of it.
Note: Traveller's Cheques are not particularly popular on the island. Many foreign exchange providers charge a whopping 30% commission so most visitors tend to use their credit cards.
Note: Due to the hilly terrain the island is not recommended for the less mobile. The faint-hearted may also find the steep mountain roads hard to stomach. Also also our Airport Guide
Weather: Summer: Hot and dry.
Winter: Warm and spring-like at best, although considerably cooler than the Spanish Canaries with much more cloud and rain.