Madeira is an archipelago (group of islands) that is located in the northern Atlantic Ocean, 1000 km away from Portugal and 520 km from the coast of Africa, which includes the island of the same name Madeira. The archipelago consists of two main inhabited islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, as well as a group of small deserted uninhabited islands of Ilyas Desertas and even smaller islands, rocks and reefs. Madeira Island, like the entire archipelago, belongs to Portugal and is considered the oldest elite resort in Europe. Its unofficial name is Eternal Spring Island.
On the island of Madeira, tourists can easily find a huge variety of tropical fruits, such as: bananas, mangoes, passion fruit, avocados, pineapples, papaya, oranges, grapes and much more. In addition, the island has a huge selection of fresh fish, crabs, shellfish and all kinds of marine reptiles. In local restaurants, you should definitely try the famous kebab on laurel skewers. Please note that all wines in Portugal are dry, and they are served fairly cold and with seafood. It is also worth noting that the local fortified wine - Madeira is very popular throughout the world.
One of Madeira's popular equipped beaches is Calheta
. Sand was brought here from Morocco. Those who wish can rent water sports equipment. There are places on the island for lovers of extravagant beaches, which are not accessible from land. You can get to them from the sea or by cable car. And on the beach Praia da Cana-vieira you will only get by hanging stairs. While relaxing in Madeira, there is also a lesson for diving and fishing. In some areas of the coast, for example, in Caniso, special equipment is leased.
Weather on Madeira Island
The archipelago is washed by the warm Gulf Stream, therefore the sea temperature here is around 20 ° C all year round. The rains are short. The air temperature usually does not fall below 15 ° C and does not rise above 25 ° C all year round. The abundance of trees and flowers makes the local air healthy and tonic. People come here not only to relax, but also to improve their health.
What to do in Madeira?
• Going on vacation to Madeira with children is worth a visit to the local water park. It is small in size and is located near the local airport. A transfer and a visit to the slides will take a maximum of half a day. There will be no limit to the delight of children.
• Climbing along the bank of the Levada to Mante peak, you can go back in an unusual way - to go down on a sleigh woven from plants. Previously, sledges were used to get the crop down. Today it is the most popular entertainment with tourists.
• Try exotic fruits. Madeira grows goodies that you will not find anywhere else on the planet. For example, anona, a fruit which flesh tastes like custard.
• Do paragliding. Beautiful landscapes and an abundance of landing sites have made this sport popular on the island. Briefing and flights are arranged by the local Association of Paragliding and Hang Gliding. Those who choose tours not to the island itself, but to Portugal come to admire the scenery from great heights in Madeira.
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