From some angles, Madeira is almost too good to be true. No, let's rephrase that. From most angles, Madeira is almost too good to be true! This Portuguese archipelago, consisting of several sub-tropical volcanic islands of which Madeira and Porto Santo are the largest, is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Morocco and north of Tenerife. With marvelous landscapes and year round warm (though not hot, hence the "islands of eternal spring") temperatures, Madeira is a popular holiday destination at all times of year.
The red roofs of the largest city of Funchal and the lushly green vegetation around it stand in stark contrast to the deep blue ocean, together forming an insanely beautiful spectacle. This is considered one of Portugal's most beautiful cities, home to parks and gardens, markets (such as the colorful art deco Mercado dos Lavradores) impressive mansions and the Sé Cathedral.
Head out of the city in any direction and you will have to go up into the mountains - 90% of the island's land mass lies above 500m above sea level. Hiking the Levadas, a type of aquaduct built to bring the water from the mountains to farms, is perhaps the best way to explore the fantastic views of the interior - expect to see steep cliffs, rocks, waterfalls and lakes, as well as the indigenous Laurel Forest. Other famous sights on Madeira include the Cabo Girão ocean cliffs and São Vicente caves as well as the Ponta de São Lourenço rock formations in the eastern part of the island. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Madeira is a region in Portugal. It is situated at an altitude of 5187ft and the best airport to fly into is FNC (Madeira, Funchal)
- The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR)
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