This terrific Marco Polo guide to Madeira is also entitled ‘Perfect Days in…Madeira’; and that just about sums it up. Crammed with lots of useful information, with maps and charming photography, the book has been designed to ensure that visitors will indeed enjoy perfect days on the beautiful island of flowers with its forests and dramatic scenery.
It tells the story of how the island of Madeira was first observed by sailors who had landed on the neighbouring island of Porto Santo as long ago as 1418 but nobody was to set foot on it until a year later.
Yet the Madeiran archipelago appears on a Florentine chart of 1351 and there is the legend of Anne and Robert dating back to 1346.
But this useful spiral bound guide is also full of information for the modern visitor who wants to explore the capital Funchal plus the island’s other smaller towns.
Readers will discover more about this fascinating island with its flowers, markets, levadas, alcoholic poncha and madeira wine, honey cake and sugar cane.
Useful driving directions for perfect days out are included as well as suggestions for accommodation and where to eat and drink.
We were delighted to find two of our favourite restaurants included in the guide – the Marina Terrace on Funchal’s yacht harbour and, for a special treat, Reid’s Palace restaurant the Villa Cipriani.
Perfect Days in …Madeira. Marco Polo Spiral Guide. ISBN 978-3-8297-5527-6. £9.99. www.marco-polo.com