Roz Purcell’s amazing island escape – closer than the Canaries and crammed with hikes, swims and waterfalls

Closer than the Canary Islands and bursting with hikes, Madeira also has waterfalls, natural swimming pools and great food

Roz Purcell takes in sunset in Madeira

Roz Purcell

Madeira is definitely up there as one of the best hiking destinations in Europe. As well as amazing walks, it’s got sun, fantastic natural swimming pools and great food and night-life in the capital city, Funchal. I took a 14-day trip and still feel like there is more I want to see and do.