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Madeira is a sub-tropical archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean and an autonomous region of Portugal. The archipelago is made up of two populated islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, and two groups of unpopulated islands called the Desertas and Selvagens Islands. Geographically located in Africa, it is an ultra-peripheral region of the European Union. Known worldwide as the Islands of eternal Spring, Madeira, "Ilha Jardim"{Garden Island} or Pearl of the Atlantic, it has a mild climate throughout the entire year. Madeira island is 310 miles from the African coast and 620 miles from the European continent, only 1h 30mn flight from mainland Portugal and about 3h from all the main countries in Europe. (less...) (more...)

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Points of Interest in Canico

  • Levadas An impressive system of aqueducts built between 1461 and 1966 to bring water from the mountains to farmland.
  • Cabo Girão One of the world's highest ocean cliffs (590m/1,935 ft. above sea level).
  • Jardim Botânico Funchal Botanical garden.
  • São Vicente Caves. Volcanic caves (grutas) where you can visit lava tubes.
  • Jardim do Monte Palace Magnificent gardens of the former Monte Palace hotel.
  • Jardim Orquídea Orchid garden.
  • Madeira Story Centre. The best way to learn about Madeira's history and culture.
  • Fireworks on New Year's Eve The biggest fireworks in the world (Guinness world record 2007). Best places to see the fireworks include the tip of the marina of Funchal, on a cruise ship and Pico dos Barcelos (on the side where you can see the Funchal's marina).
  • Miradouro means viewpoint. Splendid views of the island can be seen from various viewpoints, including Pico dos Barcelos, Pico do Arieiro, Pico de Facho, Curral das Freiras, Monte.

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Background

Madeira Islands are just a short trip from Europe (more or less 4 hours from UK), to a destination where you can combine holidays by the sea, in the mountains or in the city. Discovered early in the 15th century by the Portuguese navigators João Gonçalves Zarco, Tristão Vaz Teixeira and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal.

Nowadays Madeira is a popular destination for tourists of all ages. Its constant mild climate (temperatures between 20 and 27°C) keeps the spring on Madeira all year round. The levadas, an ingenious system of stone- and concrete-lined watercourses distributing water from the rainy north to the dry south, help flowers and crops flourish all year. That's why this island is called the Garden in the Atlantic. The maintenance pathways for these water canals provide wonderful level trails for hiking in the mountains (up to 1861m) and through the tremendous landscape.

Unfortunately, Madeira was hit by several catastrophes in 2010: in February heavy rainfall inundated parts of the island and caused destructive floods in river valleys on the south coast of the island, chiefly in Funchal, Ribeira Brava and Tabua. Reconstruction work of lost bridges and roads has now been largely completed, but the legacy of major forest fires in August of that year is likely to last longer, and some upper mountain footpaths in the east of the island remain closed or interrupted. Further floods in the 'Nuns' Valley' in October 2010 caused more damage to infrastructure, but this has been repaired. Despite all this, the authorities and locals have been hard at work ensuring that Madeira's tourism infrastructure has returned largely back to normal, and there is still plenty to see and do on Madeira!

Activities

  • Hiking at Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern part of Madeira is a nature reserve with wonderful panoramic views of the Atlantic and spectacular volcanic rock formations. Many unusual species of plants are found here and are best seen from the footpath, such as the Ice Plant, Everlasting, Cardoon and many more. The hiking trail, which in recent years has been upgraded with stone steps and safety railings, can be walked comfortably with a pair of good hiking boots. The full walk, including a circuit of the reserve at the far end, will take several hours, so carry food and drink. Down the cliff from the road before reaching the trailhead is a secluded beach called Prainha, the island’s only natural black sandy beach. Very popular with the locals, it’s great for swimming.
  • Santo da Serra Golf.
  • Palheiro Golf.
  • Porto Santo Golf.
  • Big Game Fishing
  • Sailing.
  • Snorkeling.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Surfing The Atlantic offers waves for moderate to experienced surfers. Jardim do Mar and Paul do Mar are the most popular surfing places.
  • Birdwatching
  • Canyoning in Madeira is great for beginners and pro's alike. Abseiling down high watersfalls and jumping into crystal clear pools of fresh water is something you shouldn't miss.
  • Horse riding.
  • Jeep Tours and Bicycle (BTT) excursions.

Food

  • Il Basilico, Rua de Leichlingen, 7 , Pormenade,  +351 291 708700. Italian Restaurant belonging to the Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts • À la carte lunch and dinner • served inside and on the terrace • special children's menu • reservation recommended

Open every day from 12.30 to 15.00 and 19.30 to 22.00

  • Il Gallo D'oro, The Cliff Bay Hotel Estrada Monumental, 147,  +351 291 707 700. First Michelin Star Restaurant on the island of Madeira •

Mediterranean gourmet cuisine • a jacket and tie required for gentlemen • reservation recommended

Opening times: Everyday, from 08.00 to 10.30 and 19.00 to 22.00

Mid-range

  • Adega da Quinta +351 291 910 530. Quinta do Estreito, Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. Traditional restaurant where you can eat "espetada" in an old winery uphill from Câmara de Lobos
  • Coral Restaurante +351 291 098 284. Praca da Autonomia, Câmara de Lobos. Fresh fish and shell fish.
  • Espada Preta, Caminho Trincheira, 9300-159 Câmara de Lobos, Tel: +351 291 948 439. Fresh fish and shell fish, also try their specialty "bread soup" (main course).
  • Restaurante O Tunel, near the tunnel of Caniçal. Seafood starters and espetada as main course. Convenient if you do the levada walk or drive around the area of Caniçal, Machico and Pico de Facho.

Drinks

Madeira Wine is a fortified wine prized equally for drinking and cooking. There are four major types of Madeira: Malvasia (also known as Malmsey or Malvazia), Bual (or Boal), Verdelho, and Sercial, the latter two being drier.

Shopping

  • Madeira wine, of course. Available in many varieties in all supermarkets and specialist shops.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Madeira on Wikivoyage.

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