For over 200 years, Europe’s elite have been drawn to the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, enjoying the reliable, year-round fine weather and dramatically beautiful landscapes. The waters surrounding the island are warm and the winding coastline provides many opportunities to enjoy them.

Investment purchasers are aware that Madeira, which can be easily reached in around three hours via direct flights from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, is an ideal alternative to long haul destinations for sun seekers, offering year round rental opportunity as well as a superb second home location.

Located on a prime hilltop site overlooking the sophisticated capital of Funchal, the 130 hectare Palheiro Estate, has grown from an early 19th century hunting lodge and summer retreat for nobility into a sophisticated, low density resort destination.

Location: Madeira is located in the North Atlantic Ocean on parallel 30⁰N (same latitude as Casablanca and Bermuda) – It’s 600km from the coast of Morocco and 1000km from mainland Portugal. There are four groups of Islands in the archipelago; other than Madeira, there is Porto Santo and the uninhabited Islands of Desertas and Selvagens.

Facts on Madeira: The Gulf Stream flows past the islands allowing for water temperatures between 18⁰C to 24⁰C. There are impressive mountain ranges with the highest point at 1,862M. There are 1400km of ‘Levadas’ covering the Island which allow for great walks amidst stunning natural scenery, including lush flora and fauna. Diving is very popular with the shallow rocky reefs, caves and drop-offs, which make it a very popular diving destination. Big Game Fishing is world-class, with the largest blue marlin in the world.

A rich variety of things to do on the island include: culture/ arts, hotels, restaurants, and casinos and a vibrant night life. A sub-tropical climate and warm seas; Madeira is a true all-year destination. It has an established tourism industry with strong growth predicted as global life-expectancy and personal wealth levels increase. Madeira has benefited from significant infrastructure investment over recent years with new roads, and two new marina developments. It has two challenging and well established 18-hole courses (Palheiro & Santo Da Serra). There is also a double-tax treaty between Portugal, UK, China, India and Russia. It is also comforting to know that Madeira has one of the lowest global crime rates.

Airlift / Airways Frequency: There are frequent flights (250 per week in the Summer of 2013) from mainland Europe which include the following airlines: TAP, EasyJet, SATA, Air Berlin, Thompson, Transavia, TUIFly, Condor, Jet2, Monarch, Lufthansa.