Madeira - 30 photos that will make you want to visit right now

Local drivers are hell-bent on driving around the tiny island of Maderia in just 45 minutes, but for the average tourist - one full day will suffice.

Don’t be fooled though - this small volcanic island in the Atlantic offers the visitor an abundance of things to experience that could keep you busy for at least nine days.

An island and an archipelago

Madeira is both an island and an archipelago comprising of four islands - Madeira, Porto Santo, and the pair of desserted islands called Selvagens and Desertas.

Closer to Africa than it is to Europe, Madeira boasts seriously stunning natural scenery with two thirds of the island being classified as a nature reserve. It's the perfect place for outdoor adventurers.