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The island of Madeira is a paradise

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The island is famous for its colorful festivals and carnivals and beautiful scenery.

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This island in the North Atlantic two hundred years ago was considered part of the miracle of surviving the fabulously beautiful Atlantis. The climate here is very mild so that it can be considered as the island of eternal spring - thanks to the Gulf Stream, although the Moroccan coast of Africa is only 545 km. Today, Madeira is a place of solitude for royalty and prime ministers, as well as people who know a thing or two about elite recreation.

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Madeira is located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 500 km west of the African coast and 1000 km south of Portugal 1.5 hours flight from Lisbon. Madeira covers an area of ​​741 square meters. The archipelago includes the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, as well as the uninhabited islands of Desertas and Selvagens. It is an autonomous Portuguese territory, with its own government and parliament.

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The colorful and original island offers tourists many interesting places to visit, and the best way to start exploring Madeira is from the island's capital, Funchal. The city is full of picturesque squares and ancient mansions, but the main attraction is the Franciscan monastery of the 16th century. Today it houses a winery open to visitors, where you can watch the process of making Madeira and visit the tasting room.

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Also in Funchal, it will be interesting to visit the Cathedral of Xie, which is built of frozen lava, the Church of Santa Clara and the ancient Fishing Market. In other cities of Madeira, the rest will be measured and filled with pleasant walks typical of the colorful streets of the island with fragrant gardens and picturesque squares.

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On the neighboring island of Porto Santo is the house of Columbus, where the famous sailor lived for several years. The house is completely restored and it restores the atmosphere of past centuries. And in the village of Kurral dash Freirash, built in the crater of an extinct volcano, preserved an ancient convent, where locals hid during pirate raids.

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Near the village of Porto Monish you will find stunning natural beauty. Here are picturesque waterfalls and untouched nature, picturesque forests and caves. On the seafront of Porto Monish you can swim in unique baths - pools of frozen lava, filled with sea water at high tide.

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Ofcourse, the basis of tourism on the island of Madeira is a beach holiday. There are unique beaches with volcanic sand, luxuriously landscaped pebble beaches. The resort also offers yacht clubs, swimming pools and picturesque terraces for relaxation.

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Madeira offers excellent conditions for scuba diving, tuna hunting, dolphin and whale watching, mountain tourism, golf and tennis, most hotels have beauty and health centers, thalassotherapy, which offer various treatments for body and face care, on seafood-based, state-of-the-art equipment for rejuvenation, physiotherapy and cosmetics.

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Madeira is also famous for its colorful festivals and carnivals, such as the New Year Fireworks Festival, the February Carnival (a miniature of the famous Brazilian Carnival), the Spring Flower Festival and the September Wine Festival.

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