Madeira offers an island retreat of natural beauty with a near perfect climate for golf where temperatures sit comfortably in the 20s all year round.
The island’s main city of Funchal located in the south enjoys the best of the sunshine while the tall peaks that surround it shelter visitors from fresh atlantic breezes.
Funchal is a relatively quiet city, but its annual carnival in February is arguably one of the best street parties in Europe while its springtime flower festival transforms the cityscape into garden.
There are plenty of good restaurants and bars, as well as a casino, while the island’s dense vegetation has led to a huge array of tropical gardens and walks.
Two outstanding golf courses, the Trent Jones-designed European Tour venue Santo da Serra and Cabell Robinson’s Palheiro, sit on the gentle slopes above Funchal giving wonderful views of the rugged Madeira coastline.
Madeira’s crystal clear Atlantic waters are perfect for diving with the chance of spotting dolphins, whales, barracudas and rays. Volcanic caves also run along the coast and make for an interesting day’s exploration.