From hotels built in palaces to love stories that span the ages Portugal is home to numerous places perfect for igniting (or reigniting) the flames of love. One of those is the Madeira Island. Known as the island of flowers, Madeira has unforgettable sunsets, fantastic scenery and romantic restaurants. The island of Madeira is the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon. Wander hand in hand through the Botanic Gardens or the Orchid Gardens. Stroll through the parks at Monte or Ribeiro Frio. Explore the levadas (mountain irrigation channels) of the Caldeirão Verde and the 25 Fontes (fountains). Admire more than two thousand plant species with huge varieties of exotic flowers. Visit the Laurissilva Forest. Classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, it offers trees such as the laurel and the white poplar, and birds such as the kestrel and the long-toed wood pigeon. Take the opportunity to plunge into the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz or the Garajau Natural Reserve and hire a sailing boat for a romantic trip off the coast. For a truly tasty day out, have lunch by the sea in Fora d Água, enjoy a traditional English tea at Reids, sample the fusion cuisine at the Savoy and later try a vodka with mango sorbet at the Café do Museu. And don’ leave this floating garden without toasting your journey with a glass of famous Madeira wine at the Madeira Wine Institute.