LYING 700km off the coast of Africa is a small island paradise, its authenticity still perfectly preserved despite growing tourist demand.
Madeira is the sun-kissed destination giving the likes of the Canary Islands and Marbella a run for their money.
The island is a part of Portugal, though it sits closer to Morocco in the North Atlantic Sea.
Boasting a tropical climate with warm temperatures that extend through March and November, the island attracts sun-seekers year round.
While the destination has typically been a popular go to for over 50s, its strong food and wine culture coupled with adventure opportunities is putting in on the map for young travellers.
Whether you fancy a luxurious getaway lazing by the sea, or exploring the depths of lush forest in a jeep safari, Madeira can cater to all.
If you're going for a long weekend or a lengthier stay, here are the must-do's to soak up all of Madeira's magic.
To eat and drink
Enriched with volcanic minerals, the fertility of Madeira's soil is nothing short of remarkable. Tomatoes grow alongside avocados and grapes, which share vines with multiple types of passionfruit.
Living off the land has never been so nourishing, and the local cafes and restaurants certainly know how to make the most of it.
For lunch: Beerhouse Restaurant
With panoramic views of the crystal-clear sea from the capital of Funchal, the Beerhouse Restaurant is an idyllic place to sample the Island's authentic dish, black scabbard fish with friend bananas.
For dinner: Restaurante do Forte
Set inside a 17th Century castle, the unrivalled views over the Funchal bay are matched by the menu.
For a truly memorable experience, the restaurant offers a meal package including pick up in a vintage Rolls Royce.
Treat yourself: Il Galo D'Oro Restaurant at The 5* Cliff Bay Hotel
Headed up by Executive Chef Benoît Sinthon since 2004, the restaurant was awarded the first and only Michelin Star in Madeira and has held it annually.
The mouth-watering menu features Mediterranean and Iberian influences, and their wine list has received international acclaim.