Madeira is a beautiful and fascinating island that makes for a wonderful year round holiday destination. The island comprises of stunning natural scenery, with massive mountains, jagged cliffs, lush forests and delightful flower gardens. The people of Madeira are welcoming and hospitable, which reflects the laid-back and generous nature of the Portuguese. There is a lot to see and do in Madeira, from challenging sightseeing tours of half-day around Funchal – capital of Madeira, or full day island tours to the east, north or to the south of the Island. This wide variety of sights and activities means that Madeira is the ideal destination for the more intrepid or independent tourist who wants more than just sitting by the pool for their holiday.