Thursday, March 31, 2011

The most beautiful beaches in Portugal Madeira

. Thursday, March 31, 2011

Worldwide famous for its cakes and its wines, the beautiful subtropical island of Madeira has some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, framed by some wild scenery with mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, striking slopes, tropical fruit and giant flowers.

With a surface of only 740 square kilometers, the island is actually the top of an Atlantic volcano more than 5 million years old, which is known to have erupted more than 6500 years ago. That is why a mountain of about 1200 metres dominates the island, with one of the tallest cliffs in Europe, Cabo Girao.
It was formerly known by Romans as the Purple island, and its capital, Funchal, was founded by the Portuguese in 1421, becoming an important stopover between Europe and the New World, and now being a charming historical city boasting colonial architecture and striking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are losts of places to stay in Madeira, specially in Funchal, where you can easily book a hotel, hostel or camping site on the internet. 

It is very interesting to see the irrigation canals, Unesco´s patrimony offering the so-called “floating gardens” which gave the name Madeira to the island, as it refers to the dense vegetation and abundant trees. We must mention the Tropical gardens of Monte Palace, a place you must see.
Other outstanding places are San Vicente caves and the centre of the Volcano on the north coast, which enable you to make a trip to the centre of the Earth by following the lava Canals. Or you can visit San Vicente do Pico fortress, with magnificent aerial views of the island. And if you are interested in the historical legacy in Madeira, we recommend you to see Sé Cathedral, a beautiful gothic-moorish building, or The Chapel of Almas Pobres (poor souls chapel), hidden in the mountains.

You can visit Madeira all the year, thanks to its subtropical climate. There are direct flights from most European cities like Madrid, Lisbon and Paris.

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