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Just north of Tenerife, Madeira is the perfect destination for holidaymakers who truly want to relax. Although popular with tourists, it lacks the commercial focus of mainland Europe, attracting those who wish to drink Madeiran wine, study the island's nature and enjoy a humble-yet-modern way of life.

Founded in the 15th century, Madiera was claimed by the Portuguese as their own, lending it a similar cosmopolitan feel. Whale watching is as popular a pursuit as shopping - Canaco has stunning beaches, while the capital city of Funchal offers plenty of opportunities for fine dining and retail therapy. For those who'd rather cling to the coast, coach trips that take in the sights of the isle are immensely popular, as is the famous Nun's Valley Tour. For the perfect excuse to kick back, unwind and let your worries float away, why not consider booking a Madeiran break?