Madeira is an archipelago of Portugal that consists of the island of the same name and several other small islands, located in the Atlantic ocean, about 900 kilometres of continental Portugal and about 600 km from the coast of the Morocco. Tropical archipelago with a remarkable subtropical climate and a landscape breathtaking, Madeira is also called ‘the floating garden’ or ‘the Pearl of the Atlantic’. The archipelago consists of the populated islands of Madeira (the largest) and Porto Santo, as well as of a group of uninhabited islands, wild and deserted. Its valleys are majestic and with mountains of very diverse flora. The island is also famous for its wine, its embroidery, the ‘bolo de mel’ (this is a typical cake), the exotic flowers, the tropical fruit, the mildness of its climate and the hospitality of its inhabitants. The ‘old world’ consider it like a paradise for holidays of dreams; it became one of the favorite destinations of Europeans. She is also known to be a stop of liners and tourism cruises which have chosen it by its charm.
The island of Madeira offers a wide variety of activities throughout the year, excursions on the island, walks, hiking in the mountains, the observation of birds, fishing, boat trips, paragliding, surfing, horseback riding, in sum, a beautiful combination of beaches, landscapes breathtaking, activities for all ages and tastes, a place to really enjoy the holiday. You can rent a motorcycle or small car to traverse the island. There are many interesting places like village Ribeira Brava with its church of the 16th century and its square tiled. If you want to have a beautiful view, you can visit Cabo Girão, a 600 meter promontory overlooking the sea; Santana and Sixal are also pretty small towns to know. Santana has colourful houses and Sixal was built on a promontory of lava. Another place not to be missed is Porto Moniz (fishermen’s town), bordered by black basalt forming natural pools where you can swim. The small town of Caletha, surrounded by banana trees and vines, has a 17th century church that is worth the detour.
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