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Is Madeira suitable for younger travellers?

If you want a party atmosphere, then maybe Madeira is not for you, but don’t be put off by its quiet reputation. If you love being active, you can take on the truly breathtaking terrain on foot, cycling or on a four-wheel drive tour, or if the water is more your thing, try diving or sailing. For the evening, there are good bars and restaurants and even a casino. Madeira’s firework festivals are world-famous and you can catch them throughout June.

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Is Madeira good for walking?

From an easy ramble to a precipitous climb or clambering through tunnels, Madeira has plenty of walking opportunities. You can choose guided walking tours along the levadas (mini-canals) or take a map and compass and go your own way. The best time of year is April to June when temperatures are warm and the wild flowers are blooming.

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What are the best towns to visit in Madeira?

Funchal is the capital of the island popular for its museums, gardens and old town, offering cable-car rides up to 560m with a toboggan ride down again. Madeira is more about unspoilt natural beauty with pretty rural villages such as Prazeres or the seaside village of Ponta de Sol, the sunniest place on the island.

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What is Madeira like in winter?

Winters in Madeira are mild enough to swim in the sea and generally sunny (just under 20ºC) though heavy rain is likely at times especially January-February time. Visiting around Christmas and New Year is a magical experience with wonderful 3D decorations and a huge New Year’s Firework festival.

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Is Madeira easy to get around?

Buses are reliable and reasonably priced and operate from most towns on the island and most will call at Funchal. Taxis are available in towns too, however it is probably best to hire a car for flexibility and for access to the more out-of-the-way places you might like to visit. The main roads are quite decent to drive, though be careful on small roads which can be quite narrow with steep drops to the side.