The Madeira archipelago is made up of three sets of islands: Madeira and Porto Santo, Deserts and Wilds. Although only the first two are inhabited, the other two sets of islands are natural reserves and do justice to the name given to them.
In addition, Madeira is a paradise for water sports, hence it is known by surf lovers as the ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic‘ but for travelers seeking peace of the tides are the beaches and natural saltwater pools that surround landscape.
With a mild temperature, which is around 17 degrees in winter and 25 in summer, the sunny Portuguese archipelago is an excellent natural destination, with dense forests, deep valleys and a blue sea that merges with the horizon for long and golden sunsets.
Among its beaches, those of Porto Santo stand out: a landscape full of dunes considered one of the best Portuguese beaches.
There is also life outside the Madeira natural park or the Laurisilva forest, recognized by UNESCO as a natural world heritage site of humanity. The culture and nightlife of the capital, Funchal, is a good example of this. It is a cosmopolitan city with unique attractions, where visitors will feel at home, which is located in the center of the largest island.
Madeira and nature
Green volcanic mountains, dense forests, and colorful flowery landscapes. Enough attractions to suggest a visit to the islands, a natural destination where there are them, as shown by its natural park, created in 1982: a biogenetic reserve that has a unique flora and fauna, which occupy approximately two-thirds of the territory of Madeira.
In Madeira, it is common to find steep coasts and ravines. These areas are a paradise for lovers of canyoning, as well as for climbers while the mountainous massif of Madeira offers excellent areas from which to take off with paragliding or hang gliding.
For less intrepid visitors, there are wide paths that run, along more than 2,000 kilometers, the perimeter of the island, from 0 to 1,862 meters of altitude. For those who enjoy on wheels, the option may be the jeep safari, to explore the most inaccessible corners of the island.
There is also an offer for golfers, as the archipelago has three courses: Madeira (Palheiro Golf and Santo da Serra Golf Club) or Porto Santo (Porto Santo Golf Course).
Funchal, the urban Madeira
The most cosmopolitan found in Funchal the largest urban center of the island. The city, which extends from the port to the mountains – which can be accessed with a cable car – refers to the tradition and culture of the archipelago, so linked to the nature that characterizes Madeira.
Rural accommodations, luxury hotels or small hostels, travelers find accommodations for all options.
One of the most flirtatious neighborhoods of the capital of Madeira is the Old Zone. It is a decoration of old colorful houses full of picturesque restaurants that offer typical dishes, such as swordfish with fried plantain, bolo do caco or barbecued meat barbecue.
Another of the essential gastronomic visits is the Labradores market, a paradise of flavors, colors and smells marked by the local product. To pair, nothing better than one of many famous wines.
Among the wineries of Funchal, Blandy stands out, where you can witness the elaboration process of what may be Madeira’s best-known wine. It has two airports and more than seventy connections with cities around the world.
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