If you’re after warmth, then Madeira is a good bet for Christmas in the sunshine. Even better, Madeira takes Christmas very seriously. Cobbled squares are filled with the sound of celestial choirs, churches are furnished with elaborate nativity scenes and streets twinkle with thousands of Christmas lights. Spend your days wandering Christmas markets, stopping to try the Sopa de Trigo, a traditional soup of wheat and pumpkin. We recommend staying at Belmond Reid’s Palace, a classic and timelessly elegant hotel, set up on the hillside with an incredible ocean panorama and Michelin-star dining. Extend your Christmas getaway into New Year to experience Madeira’s famous firework display, rivalling Rio for its colour-popping exuberance. These are best seen from the sub-tropical gardens of Reid’s, or aboard a boat in Funchal Bay where the champagne flows.