Named after the wild river that runs through it, Ribeira Brava is a small resort nestled on Madeira’s remote south-western coastline. With towering rocky cliffs and sheer headlands patched with lush greenery that lap the shingled beach, the landscape here is one of a kind. Head out on an adventure on the Levada Nova walk that weaves through the mountainous terrain and old stone villages. Fringed by a short seafront boardwalk, evenings here are laid-back, with open-air restaurants and bars serving up meals overlooking the coastal panoramas. Soak up the local history at the Ethnographic Museum, which tells the story of the island’s rich culture, age-old fishing industry, and famously sweet wine. In June, the streets come alive with confetti and colour celebrating St. Peter's festivities, with folklore dancing and traditional music. Ribeira Brava is a slice of paradise on this enchanting Portuguese gem, especially when combined with the endless long sunshine of Madeira.