Arrive at your hotel, nestled in the middle of nature with a sea view on one side and mountains behind. It’s the perfect base in the north-east of the island to be close to the variety that Madeira has to offer. You now have a few days to learn the benefits of staying in the middle of this area of the levadas (old irrigation canals). Take a drive to Ribeiro Frio, the starting point of several hiking trails in the area, one of which is to the Los Balcoes viewing platform. Alternatively, head to the Sao Lourenco peninsula with its dramatic cliff-lined coast making it one of the best walks in the area. For something more extreme, there’s mountain biking, canyoning, coasteering and surf.