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Travel Guide to Madeira, Portugal

Madeira is the island of the eternal spring. This place became a well-known European resort yet in the XIX century. Madeira is a place where celebrities, lords and kings come to have some rest.
Habits and lifestyle of Madeira inhabitants
The cultural life of Madeira is rich in different events. The fests and exciting events are held there almost every month. Most of the travelers prefer visiting the resort on the eve of New Year...
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The island is located in the Atlantic Ocean. Its distance from Madeira to mainland Europe (Portugal is the closet one) is about 1000 km. The distance to Africa is around 700 km. The person who had discovered Madeira was Joao Goncalves Zarco. In 1419 he landed on this island while escaping from a huge storm. In those days the island was completely covered by impenetrable forests and this fact gave the name to the island as "Madeira" means "a tree, a forest". Near this island are located other islands of the archipelago - Porto Santo and several wild uninhabited islands like Selvagens and Desertas. Both islands are turned into nature reserves.
Visitors will also find a unique ancient forest named Laurisilva in Madeira. The forest appeared yet during the Tertiary era and managed to survive thanks to the moderate and mild climate.
Madeira attractions & nightlife
Madeira is a perfect destination for eco-tourists. The island boasts the natural attractions and it will be of great interest for the fans of beach recreation. Though the shore of the island is...
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Funchal is the capital of Madeira and an interesting place with numerous fascinating attractions like Se Cathedral made of lava with the ceiling inlaid with ivory and wood, Franciscan Monastery, the Santa Clara Church and the famous botanical gardens. The main attractions of the city include popular carnivals, the festival of the Atlantic Ocean and Columbus, the holiday of flowers and wine, as well as water rides along livada channels.
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Madeira: Major facts

Time zone 1:25 AM, GMT +0
Number of inhabitants Madeira: 245.000
Porto Santo: 4.800
Local currency Euro, €1 = 100 cents
Working hours Shops: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 3-7pm Sat 9am-1pm. A lot of of the larger stores and retail supermarkets in the main tourist zones may are open through lunch, and till 10pm. Most shops are closed on Sundays.
shopping malls: Daily (including Sundays) 10am-10pm.
Banks: Mon-Fri 8.30am-3pm some open on Sats 9am-12.30pm.
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Major newspapers and journals In English:
Essential Madeira and Porto Santo (quarterly)
The Madeira Times
Emergency telephone numbers 112

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Travel guides to neighbouring cities of Madeira:

Funchal - 25.1 km
This city is located on the south coast of Madeira. This is a major trading port and a famous beach resort that is popular among tourists from different countries of the world. Funchal is located in...
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Puerto de la Cruz - 496.8 km
This is a centuries-old city with rich history. The main difference of Puerto de la Cruz from the neighboring resorts is in the fact it was not intentionally created for tourists. It is home to many...
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Canary Islands - 506.7 km
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