Madeira and Porto Santo islands are internationally recognised thanks to the awards they have received over the years.
Here are some of these achievements:
– Award “world’s leading island destination” by the world travel awards at 2015, 2016 and 2017;
– New year’s eve’s fireworks, from 2007 to 2008, on the Guinness world records;
– Humanity natural world heritage by UNESCO, since 1999, due to the Laurisilva forest;
– Desertas islands are European protected island, since 1995
– Municipality of Santana is a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, since 2011
Portuguese sailors discovered Porto Santo island (Portuguese for holy harbour) first, in 1418.
Then in 1419, after several days of drifting, the crew of a ship which had been diverted from its course along the African coast, spotted a small island.
It turned out to be the refuge port they all needed and thus saved them from a fatal fate. They arrived on Madeira island (Portuguese for wood ) and chose to settle down.
Madeira initially acquired wealth and recognition thanks to the sugar cane plantations and wine production therefore became a must within the European aristocracy which later allowed a rewarding growth of its tourism industry.
Madeira island’s tropical climate is an undeniable asset!
– A wide range of fruits and vegetables
It allows us to produce sweet and colourful fruits and vegetables that you can taste as you watch them!
– Sugar cane firewater and cakes
We make delicious traditional sweets and drinks from sugar cane, which is the raw material for firewater, also the basis of our most famous traditional drink; Poncha. We also manufacture sugar cane “honey” and use it to make cookies, cakes and fruity-spicy candy.
– Madeira wine
A fortified wine, made from specific grape varieties, produced and bottled on Madeira island. Internationally awarded in a variety of competitions and wine magazines and recognised for their superior quality.