For a cosmopolitan yet discreet atmosphere, swimming pools overlooking the sea and mile after mile of beautiful scenery, visit the island of Madeira.
With crystal-clear waters and a sea temperature that averages between 18º and 25º centigrade, a trip to Madeira is ideal for swimming and diving.
Just a 40km boat ride away is the island of Porto Santo, once home to Christopher Columbus. Here the endless white beaches, warm water, tranquil atmosphere and numerous opportunities for water sports make this charming island an ideal holiday destination.
Further west are the nine islands of the Azores. In the midst of the Atlantic Ocean the islands boast enticing beaches set in calm, tranquil bays. But it’s the naturally formed pools of clear water - where you can bathe in the company of fish - that will prove most memorable. For those who enjoy diving, the sea around the Azores is rich in underwater life, attracting whales and dolphins that are friendly enough to be observed. So if you’re looking for a memorable break in stunning surroundings the islands of Madeira and the Azores are perfect locations.