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The tourist islands of Madeira   by Ilidio Lopes

Madeira is an archipelago of Portugal in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and it offers one of the most beautiful landscapes of the country. As well as Azores, the archipelago is an autonomous region, with his own administration located in Funchal.

The Funchal Municipality has an area of 71,1 km2 and it includes 10 civil parishes: Imaculado Coração de Maria, Monte, Santo António, São Gonçalo, Santa Luzia, São Martinho, Santa Maria Maior, São Pedro, São Roque, Sé.

The archipelago is formed by two inhabited islands (Madeira and Porto Santo), and by two groups of small uninhabited islands (Desertas and Selvagens). It has 10 municipalities: Calheta, Câmara de Lobos, Funchal, Machico, Ponta do Sol, Porto Moniz, Porto Santo, Ribeira Brava, Santana, Santa Cruz and São Vicente.
Camara De Lobos Harbour, Madeira, Portugal, Atlantic
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The islands are volcanic. The highest peaks of the region are, in Madeira Island, the Pico Ruivo da Santana (1861 m), and in Porto Santo, the Pico do Facho (517m). Due to their volcanic origin all the islands have deep ravines and rugged mountains. In the Madeira Island the beaches has no sand. The narrow coastlines are made by a black rugged material.

The growing rate of the population is high, and the socio-economic structure of the archipelago doesn't allow the use of all the workmanship of the region. For this reason there's a lot of migration to the mainland and foreign countries. In the same way the rural population, seeking for better socio-economic conditions, leave the countryside and go to Funchal.

Despite the irregular terrain, part of the soil is cultivated at the coast of enormous effort of the population. The cultivated area is about 30% of the surface of the main island (Madeira). This was achieved with the construction of terraces and irrigation channels. From the remaining surface 40% is covered with vegetation.

The most important products from the agricultural production, in the economy of Madeira are sugar cane, banana productions, cereals and wine. The wine is known all over the world. The cattle creation is an important part of the economy of the small farmers. The fishing is another activity that can be found in different locations across the coastline.
For the tourists visiting Madeira, you can find there magnificent scenery of beauty. There are big mountains, green and flowery valleys, the sight of the sea and the cliffs along the coastline, the white sand beaches in Porto Santo. The tourism is one of the main economic activity of the islands.

The archipelago has a pleasant climate all year round, the air temperature rarely falling below 16°C in winter or rising above 22°C in summer. Due to the influence of the Gulf Stream the water temperature varies between 17° and 21°C. The prevailing winds are north-easterly and all the ports and anchorages are sheltered from this direction. Only the more variable winds of winter can cause problems, otherwise it can be visited all year round.

Landscape Near Sao Roque Do Faial, Island of Madeira, Portugal, Atlantic
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Eastern Madeira Sightseeing Tour - Enjoy a Full day guided tour of Eastern Madeira... What a glorious day out this is, with so many delights to see. Pico do Arieiro... more Western Madeira Sightseeing Tour - Enjoy a Full day tour of Western Madeira... A truly delightful day out on this, probably the most popular tour of the island... more Romantic Madeira Island Holidays ~ Perfect for HoneymoonersRomantic Holiday on the Beautiful Madeira Islands - Enjoy a Romantic getaway to the Beautiful Madeira Island - open sands, crystal clear waters, and year-round sunshine  ... more
Honeymoon on Madeira Island and Portugal Mainland - A honeymoon vacation is on Madeira, blessed with a spectacular volcanic landscape and subtropical climate, the island boasts more repeat visitors than any other part of Portugal... more Funchal City and Botanical Gardens Tour, Madeira - Enjoy a half day private tour of Funchal city centre, Cathedral, Botanical Gardens, and more. This tours starts in Santa Catarina one of the famous parks Funchal, with beautiful views... more Caldeirao Verde Nature Walking Trails - Very special walk through one of the Madeira´s oldest Levadas where you can fell the nature surrounded by the Laurissilva vegetation and admire beautiful landscapes of valleys, small craters, waterfalls... more


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Caniço Bay Club Apartments, Madeira
A small and friendly apart hotel comprising 10 spacious apartments, including an exterior swimming pool surrounded by a magnificent colourful garden. From all of the apartment’s one can enjoy the spectacular view overlooking the sea. Combined with the heritage of the warm Portuguese hospitality the “Caniço Bay Club" proudly offers a high level standard of service in an ambience where comfort is the main concern. Within walking distance from the hotel one can find a very convenient commercial area with restaurants, bars, mini market, hairdresser, rent-a-car, etc. Every apartment is decorated with a high level of standard where comfort and extremely good taste are present in every detail ensuring that each guest enjoys a rewarding and relaxing holiday.
Dom Pedro Garajau Hotel Caniço
The Dom Pedro Garajau Hotel is in a perfect setting half way between Funchal and Caniço, enjoying the mild climate of the South coast of Madeira. Located in a quiet area, the hotel has a total of 282 units with excellent leisure, entertainment and relaxation facilities. To enjoy your holiday at its fullest the hotel offers a daily entertainment programme and the facilities include an indoor heated pool, an outdoor pool, a Mini Club, etc. Everything to make sure you will make the most out of your time in Madeira! Dom Pedro Hotel’s main restaurant has a pleasant, relaxing and welcoming environment. The restaurant opens to a lovely dining terrace by the sub-tropical gardens of the hotel and wonderful views to the Desertas Islands.
Hotel Rocamar, Caniço
Hotel Rocamar is located on the sunny south coast of Madeira island perched on a cliff right on the Ocean Front in the fascinating and natural village of Caniço de Baixo. The breathtaking views over the Atlantic contribute to the charm of this wonderful 4 star Madeira hotel. From the Hotel Rocamar it takes only a few minutes to walk to the the Reis Magos beach or even the village of Caniço. Have your meals at our Restaurant and delight yourself with the flavours we have to offer you. You can choose accordingly to your preferences between regional and international cuisine. Take with you the perfumed and exotic island flavours and get to know this wonderful Island Gastronomy. The ATALAIA DIVING CENTER is situated adjacent to the underwater natural park of Madeira, directly at the sea front, in the “Lido-Area” of the Hotel Royal Orchid in Caniço de Baixo.
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Aparthotel Imperatriz Funchal
The Aparthotel Imperatriz is a small family-run establishment conveniently situated in the most upmarket district of Funchal, adjacent to the famous Madeira Casino and close to some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars. The hotel has 27 comfortable studios, each with private bathroom, balcony, kitchenette, mini-bar, cable TV, direct-dial telephone and a safe-deposit box. Facilities include a snack bar, restaurant, games room, business centre, small library, winter garden, freshwater swimming pool with a sun terrace affording breathtaking views over the ocean, private garage, 24-hour reception and a rent-a-car service. 
Hotel Alto Lido Funchal
Hotel Alto Lido is located in the main hotel area of Funchal, near the Lido pools and the Panoramic Garden with a superb view over the Atlantic Ocean. It´s distance from the center of Funchal is around 2km. The Hotel includes a regular transport service. Situated in a hotel area, in a very calm surrounding, this hotel offers its clients a range of leisure facilities complimented by high-personalized service. This hotel offers 311 rooms and apartments equipped with necessary modern amenities.  You can dine at the Restaurant Baia Azul and the Cafe Lido while can also relax in the Lobby Bar with a drink. As a part of the facilities, the hotel offers a TV room, conference room, Internet access as well as sports facilities like a health club, sauna, Jacuzzi and a fitness centre.
Choupana Hills Resort and Spa Funchal
Located at the top of a hill immediately after the Botanical Garden, Choupana Hills Resort & Spa is a haven of luxury in a natural environment. It is home to more than 200 different species of flora, spread over 17 hectares of land. Transfer time from the centre of Funchal is 15 minutes by car and the international airport is located about 30 minutes away. Choupana Hills is the ideal place to experience a combination of luxury and unique tranquillity and relaxation. Scattered in bungalows built on wooden pillars, the 62 rooms and suites are furnished in an Asian-inspired, contemporary design, featuring warm and relaxing colours. All rooms and suites offer private balconies, inviting clients to enjoy the year-round mild, subtropical climate prevailing on the island of Madeira.
Cliff Bay Resort Hotel Funchal
The Atlantic Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see at the foot of The Cliff Bay which is perched on the top of a natural promontory. The hotel is surrounded by gardens with innumerable secluded corners and centenary palm trees extending to the very edge of the cliff face. The panorama is completed by a magnificent view over the bay of Funchal to the east of the hotel. In this 5 star hotel of the Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts Group every single little detail has been carefully conceived to ensure genuine peace, well-being and elegance. The most influential restaurant guide in the world, the Michelin Guide, has awarded a star to Il Gallo d'Oro, The Cliff Bay's gourmet restaurant run by Chef Benoît Sinthon.
Dorisol Florasol Hotel Funchal
The Hotel Dorisol Florasol is a central 3-star hotel located in the famous Lido area in Funchal, on the South coast of Madeira. The walk to the famous Lido area with its many swimming pools and  sea access is a short step away from the hotel entrance at just about 200 metres. The courteous service and the pleasant atmosphere at the Florasol, together with its excellent location make this a great option for your holiday. The Hotel Dorisol Florasol offers a large ocean-view solarium with a swimming pool, a children’s splash pool and a playground. The area has a glass veranda offering superb views over the sea. Above the breakfast restaurant there is also a games room with billiards and a computer with internet connection.
Madeira Regency Cliff Hotel Funchal
The Madeira Regency Cliff is a trendy 4-star hotel in a superb cliff-top location with splendid views over the ocean and the coastal strip of the popular Lido area. A beautiful kilometre-long seaside promenade, lined by magnificent subtropical gardens passes right in front of the hotel. The Hotel has direct access to this Promenade, which leads to the popular pebble and black sand beach of Praia Formosa at the western end of Funchal. It also boasts several public swimming pools with sea access. Decorated throughout in a pleasant contemporary style with accents on vivid colours and modernistic shapes, the Madeira Regency Cliff Hotel combines the intimate ambiance of a small hotel with an attentive service, in fact everything is done to please our most fastidious guests.
The Vine Hotel Funchal
A hotel with soul, just like a good wine. The Vine is sophisticated and luxurious. With a touch of simplicity and discretion, just the way you like it. A dip in the panoramic pool, a vinetherapy session in the spa or a gourmet dinner with a view over the city: these are just a few of the pleasures awaiting you at The Vine. Madeira’s most traditional and exclusive ingredients are combined to create a fusion of unique flavours that could be only be possible with the magic of master chef, Antoine Westermann. Nectar of the gods, wine uplifts the soul. The Vine Spa, is luxurious retreat specialising in Vinetherapy. The ingredients from which the best wine is made help transport your body into another dimension. Feel re-born with a visit to The Vine Spa.
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Hotel Porto Santo & Spa, Porto Santo
Close your eyes: imagine an island, a solitary oasis of calm and natural beauty, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with an endless golden sandy beach and a crystal clear blue sea. Imagine a hotel with a unique position, lined with palm trees, with its on path to a fabulous beach. Open them now, paradise is the place you want to be, "Hotel Porto Santo – the hotel with a beach". The hot place to dine, the cool place to drink, the place to chill out, the great and fashionable place to meet in Porto Santo. The food is simple, fresh and blends local and international flavours and aromas. With luxurious facilities, the unique trace of João Favila architect & specialized staff, the SPA adopts the concept of Wellness, pampering its customers with a wide range of sophisticated Rituals.
Hotel Vila Baleira Thalassa Porto Santo
Located at around 4 kms from the centre of the village, the Hotel Vila Baleira Talassa has originaly been built to attract to the island those who want to profit from the medicinal characteristics of its sand and is the best equipped hotel in Porto Santo. The complex has 3 different areas: In the main building, the hotel itself, we have the rooms, reception, main bar, restaurant, shops, meeting facilities, Junior club and the indoor swimming pool. Connected to the hotel by a tunnel is the Baleira Thalassa & Spa, a totally independent structure which houses the Thalasso & Spa centre, the Gym and the Diving centre. Also with access by the same underground passage we have the outdoor leisure area with the outdoor swimming pool, the children's pool, the playground, the Beach Club and the wooden passage to the beach.
Luamar Aparthotel Porto Santo
Situated on the beach dunes, just 4 km from Vila Baleira town centre, this 4-star Aparthotel is the ideal base for guests looking for relaxation and tranquility. The hotel has a large solarium with one swimming pool for adults and another for children, a Lobby Bar, a Snack Bar at the swimming pool (seasonal), games room, breakfast lounge, tobacconist's, mini market and a self-service laundry. There is a free mini bus service connecting the hotel to the town centre, daily.  Clients also have free access to wireless internet which is available in the lobby of the hotel as well to the small computer room. The apartments all have one room, a bathroom and a sitting room with a kitchenette. 
Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa
The Pestana Group’s newest hotel is located in Porto Santo, the sister island of Madeira and dramatically different from it with a strong Mediterranean flavour. The south coast is a long sandy beach of 9 km, lovely beach bars and restaurants, wonderful nature and many cultural and historical references. For your gastronomic pleasure we have 4 restaurants and 3 bars in the resort with different styles to suit every time of the day or night. The luxurious SPA has been created with your well being in mind. There are 5 treatment rooms and a large selection of massages and exotic treatments to choose from. The sauna, turkish bath and the SPA offer the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy and the indoor swimming pool has multiple water jets.
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