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Madeira Wellness & Health

Madeira archipelago is the ideal place to renew your energy. It is in this landscape of contrasts, that we invite you to indulge yourself in a rejuvenating programme. Madeira is becoming more and more a destination for health and wellness seekers. Interesting historical fact: in the past the island was visited by internationally known names…
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Where the *heaven* is Madeira?

Madeira island is located 967 km south west of Lisbon. The African coastline is closer by: about 700 km directly west of Casablanca, Morocco. The Canary Islands are the closest by: around 450 km to the south way and to reach the Azores from Madeira you must travel 965 km to the north west.

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Micro-climates within a micro-climate

(2 min read) The Madeira archipelago is known for its mild sub-tropical climate. The island has a very diverse landscape with 50% of the island being above 700m. This results in the rise to various micro-climates within a micro-climate.

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Madeira Carnival

Madeira Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) officially starts Friday before Lent and only ends the following Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday), infecting the whole island with an intense joy. Madeira Carnival Festival is one of the most cheerful regional festivities here on the island. On Friday, the city wakes up to the sound of the philharmonic orchestras and…
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Atlantic Festival in Madeira

Atlantic Festival in Madeira - Firework shows every Saturday of June The Atlantic Festival event marks the start of Madeira’s summer season. It features a collection of musical firework shows on each of the four Saturdays of the month of June. This event, which combines fireworks and music, is a pleasant experience for visitors and…
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Diving and Snorkeling Madeira

There are excellent areas for diving and snorkeling on Madeira. Did you know that the Garajau area is declared the first and only Marine Reserve in Portugal? It is part of Madeira´s Natural Reserve, with the Laurissilva forest, the Deserted Islands and Selvage Islands. The diving conditions are good nearly all year round (with a…
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Gardens and Parks of Madeira Island

The island of Madeira is world famous for its natural beauty and is often called the "floating garden" in the Atlantic Ocean. The different shades of vegetation on the hills compete with the exotic flowers that bud up everywhere.

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50 Shades of Green

The island of Madeira has many nicknames, such as the flower island, the island of eternal spring or the Pearl in the Atlantic… When I think of Madeira, I think of 50 Shades of Green… Don´t worry, not in a kinky way but because of the beauty of its nature! Funchal is a very green…
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Bolo do Caco

In many restaurants in Madeira you will find ´Bolo do Caco´ as a starter on the menu. It is a traditional type of bread, made with sweet potato and has a flat and circular shape (like a cake) and is therefore called ´bolo´ (Portuguese for cake). Traditionally it is cooked on a flat basalt stone…
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Flights to Madeira

On this page you will find the airlines that are operating at the Madeira Airport also known as the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (IATA: FNC, ICAO: LPMA).

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“Espada Preta” or Black Scabbard fish

The black scabbardfish, (Scientific name: Aphanopus carbo, Portuguese name: Peixe Espada Preto), is a deep-water predator that rarely meets any type of rod and line anglers, due to the immense depth in which it lives. An adult black scabbardfish generally lives in depths between 180 to 1,700 m (591 to 5,577 ft), but can make…
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Madeira Island’s GEOdiversity

Madeira ... an oceanic island that has evolved over six million years and with a current landscape that has been stamped by two enormous forces: volcanoes and erosion. Thanks to these forces the islands’ landscape is nowadays marked by a wide variety of unique geological elements that have great touristic potential. As you might already…
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Essential mountain walking know-how

The first step to a successful and safe (non-group) walking experience in the mountains of Madeira Island is ... PLANNING The level of planning required depends on factors such as weather forecast, experience, the route, etc. Always plan for the best ... take with you the essentials, and know your limits. This applies not only…
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Interview with photographer ‘Bas1953’

We are very happy that 'Bas1953' (his Flickr Photo stream) has agreed on taking part in an interview for the Legendary Travel Madeira (LTM) blog. Bas is a photographer from The Netherlands. LTM: Bas, first of all we want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the readers of our…
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