The Islands of Madeira
Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago consisting of two significant islands (Madeira and Porto Santo) and two groups of smaller uninhabited islands (the Desertas and the Savage Islands)
located in the Atlantic Ocean some 250 miles north of the Canary Islands.
A popular year-round tourist destination noted for its Madeira Wine, fishing, surfing, flowers, landscapes, embroidery, whale watching and annual New Year celebrations.
Walking and hiking is also popular with many walks alongside the levadas (irrigation channels specific to the island of Madeira) which are some of the island's greatest attractions.
The levadas provide stunning walks, some of which are rather challenging!
The main island of Madeira is home to Funchal (the Capital and main resort) whose harbour is an important stopover for commercial and Trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa.
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The Desertas and the Savage Islands
The Desertas and the Savage Islands are groups of smaller islands that are designated as Nature Reserves with full time wardens.
Although visiting these islands is possible, all visitors are required to obtain prior authorization from the
Madeira Natural Park
Popular Areas of Madeira
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The main resort is the capital Funchal which features a cable car ascending into the hills offering fantastic views towards the harbour where cruise liners and ferries from neighbouring Porto Santo island are berthed.
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To the east, Caniço’s has a lovely sandy beach nestled between rocky cliffs, while Santa Cruz is the nearest resort to Madeira Airport.
Machico is the 2nd biggest city and has the best nightlife outside Funchal.
Santana is home to the triangular-shaped, thatched houses typical of the island, and twisting mountain roads lead to São Vicente, an attractive hill town with red-roofed houses.
By the north-western tip is the village of Porto Moniz whose offshore rocks shelter natural rock pools.
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