Welcome to Europe’s affordable rainforest island — with sun all year

Madeira’s waterfalls often reveal themselves at the end of a long mountain hike, so I warned our daughters, aged seven and three, that we might not see one. More fool me. We had just made a pitstop at a supermarket on a road linking the island’s south and north coasts, when in the car park we saw a waterfall crashing down beyond a line of shopping trolleys. As the spray drifted behind a billboard advert, I realised Madeira’s natural attractions were more accessible than I’d imagined.

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