For centuries we were considered an experimental field for most of the European botanical gardens – The naturalist James Cook mentioned Madeira flora on his journey. Bulbs, seeds and cuttings were left here on purpose before travelling further north in Europe.

Madeira was a compulsory stop for those travelling from northern Europe towards other continents.  Why? Our privileged location and the mild temperatures all year around made it perfect for visitors to get acclimatized.

And above all, the very cosmopolitan and friendly population make you feel so welcome to Madeira Island.

Manuela Freitas (Official Tourist Guide)

Photo Courtesy of Manuela Freitas