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Tour of Madeira, Islands, Portugal

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Madeira is the largest of a group of Portuguese islands in the north Atlantic Ocean, situated off north Africa. Madeira Island and Porto Santo Island are the only inhabited islands.

The islands capital is Funchal, a major tourist town, with many hotels and a busy port that attracts many of the largest cruise ships.

The island does not have many sandy beaches, so most of the hotels and tourist resorts have large pool areas for sun bathing.

There are a number of coach tours from the Lido area of Funchal around the island for the amazing scenery.

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Flights take about 3 hours 40 minutes between UK Airports and Madeira Airport.

See Wiki Madeira Airport for information on airlines that fly there such as EasyJet, Jet2.com, Thomson Airways & Thomas Cook Airlines. This airport is situated about 14 miles North East of Funchal. Inexpensive Buses operate between the airport and some major towns on a regular basis about 6 Euros to Funchal. Taxi and Private transfers are about 20 - 25 Euros between the Airport and Funchal.
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Madeira is a popular island in the sun with a climate suitable for year round holidays, although November - February is regarded as the rainy season.

The capital is Funchal situated about 9 miles southwest of the Airport with the Beach Resort Towns situated around the island such as:

Machico about 1 mile north of the Airport.

Santa Cruz about 2 miles south of the Airport.

Canico about 6 miles south of the Airport.

Funchal about 9 miles southwest of the Airport.

Porto Moniz about 31 miles northwest of the Airport.

Porto da Cruz about 6 miles north of the Airport.

Porto Santo island about 25 miles northeast of Madeira.

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Machico is situated about 1 mile north of the Airport.

This is one of the most interesting towns on the island as Machico was the landing point for the discovery of Madeira.

The town has the oldest church, the Capela dos Milagres, and two forts that were used to prevent pirate raids.

Machico is scenic resort with a beach, promenade, beach cafes, sailing trips and fishing trips. The championship golf course, Campo de Golfe, is situated just inland from the town.

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Santa Cruz is situated about 2 miles south of the Airport.

This town has a bathing complex, two swimming pools, sundecks and an esplanade. The sheltered bay here is ideal for swimming in the sea, although the beach is mainly shingle.

The town has the popular Aqua Park with five toboggan rides, four fast slides, two swimming pools, a river running by the pools, changing rooms and a bar.

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Canico is situated on the east coast of Madeira about 6 miles south of the Airport.

This resort has many luxury villas and apartment hotels, most situated along the sea front. The scenic village of Canico is situated just inland with an historic church, popular bars and restaurants.

The Garajau Natural Marine Park is the main attraction in the area, attracting tourists interested in diving.

Golf is also popular in this area with a course at Palheiro.

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Funchal is situated about 9 miles southwest of the Airport.

Funchal is the capital of Maderia, where most of the islanders stay. This town attracts the most tourists with many hotels set along the scenic coast.

Most of the attraction are in the centre of the Funchal. The attractions include castles, botanical gardens, museums, and a cable car that climbs into the hills for the best views over the town.

Most of the hotels are situated from the town centre to about 3 miles west towards Camara de Lobos. There are a number of inexpensive buses that run from the hotels into Funchal centre, taxis are an inexpensive alternative, and walking from the furthest out hotels takes about 30 minutes.

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Porto Moniz is situated on the North Western tip of Madeira, about 31 miles from Funchal.

This remote resort is normally bustling in peak season, especially when the Coach Trips visit.

The resort has a number of seafood restaurants and natural lava swimming pools, one of Madeira's most interesting resorts.

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Porto da Cruz 'Port of the Cross', is situated about 6 miles north of the Airport.

This scenic village is situated in the mountainous northeast coast of the island.

The area is popular for surfing, swimming, and walking throughout the area.

Between Porto da Cruz and the village of Faial, is the Eagle's Rock, a rock formation 1,900 ft high. Eagle's Rock has the best views over the area.

The village can be visited with one of 4 bus tours around the Island.

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Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley) is also one of 4 bus tours you can take around the Island. Situated about 10 miles north of Funchal.

This is a small village situated between the mountains in the centre of the island. The cauldron where the village is situated, is thought to have been formed by erosion, or volcanic activity.

The village evolved after pirates attacked Funchal in 1566. The nuns from the Santa Clara convent, by Funchal, fled to here with the convent treasure.

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Porto Santo island is situated about 25 miles northeast of Madeira.

This island can be visited by small aircraft that travel between the airport in Madeira and Porto Santo's airport with a flight time of about 15 minutes.

You can also travel by sea on the Porto Santo passenger and car ferry. The ferry takes about 2 hours to travel between Funchal and Villa Baleira.

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Porto Santo has been described as beach with a bit of an island attached.

The nine kilometres of beaches, so far, have only a small number of hotels and restaurants, making it one of the least developed resorts in Europe.

The island also allows play on an international golf course, horse riding, diving and game-fishing.

Porto Santo's capital, Vila Baleira was once home to Christopher Columbus.

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For more information on Madeira, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeira.

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Sea Fishing out of Funchal: www.fishmadeira.com . www.madeira-fishing.com . madeirasportfishing.com .

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