Madeira was once said to be for the Newly Weds or the Nearly Deads, but not anymore. With a wide range of sporting activities as well as the levada walks, sightseeing and stunning gardens, Madeira has something for everyone. A growing number of younger visitors are coming to explore its beauty.
Madeira was voted best European Island destination 2013 and is know as the “Pearl of the Atlantic” or the “Floating Garden” along with many other names dreamt up along the centuries.
It boasts a truly amazing all-round climate, with a huge variety of trees, shrubs, bushes and of course an endless supply of flowers. The Laurissilva forest in Madeira is one of the largest in the world, covering 22,000 hectares and is a truly wonderful place to be in the peace and quite of nature, where you can walk along the unique irrigation channels, the LEVADAS.
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A lot of people ask me where is a nice place to stay on the island, so I have a personal selection of Gay Friendly Hotels, B&Bs and Apartments for you to choose from. Any other suggestions are welcome.
Madeira has a wide selection of restaurants, with many traditional dishes and drinks to try. Prices can vary a lot, and I prefer to get out of the tourist zones and sample more traditional homemade foods and drinks, an experience that will stay with you forever.
Night life in Madeira has become better and better over the last years, with many trendy places opening up. Although there are no fully Gay Bar/Clubs on the island, don’t let that put you off.
Many bars and clubs are very mixed and a night out can be one to remember, just don’t drink to many Ponchas…..
Zona Velha is the best place to start on a Friday or Saturday night, in the local poncha bars. Places close at 2am, then its of to the clubs.