Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago that lies just under 400 kilometres (250 mi) north of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the north Atlantic Ocean and an outermost region of the European Union. We visited Madeira in April and I previously wrote about our Thomson flight and our hotel – Pestana Casino Park.

Madeira is a beautiful island, full of flowers, scenic vistas and interesting walks along their irrigation systems called Levadas. In my hotel review I mentioned that I wasn’t bothered by any insects at all. No wasps, flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes – nothing. I’m still amazed as I expected the place to be swarming with wasps and mosquitoes. I didn’t even see a bee. I’ve no idea how the flowers are pollinated and I’m guessing that later in the year there might be more insects. During April the temperature was around 22 degrees, so perfect weather for exploring.

It’s pretty easy to hire a car in Madeira and also easy to drive around the island. The island has more long road tunnels than I’ve seen anywhere else. The mountain roads are all good quality and the views from the top are just as spectacular as the Grand Canyon or looking down at the fjords from the mountains of Montenegro.

Most visitors are British or Germans around 60 years old. So don’t expect a wild time. But equally, the islanders still love the Brits as they haven’t been exposed to the rowdy Ibiza crowd. I’ll add some photos to this post at the weekend.