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A guided journey to Madeira and Porto Santo Islands

We will guide you to all the wonders that Madeira and Porto Santo Islands have to offer. You can see photos, videos, maps and a short description of each Council, as well as hotels and activities available.

Funchal 


Funchal was the first European city outside continental Europe. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, between three continents it has been visited throughout the centuries by many different people, such as the intrepid merchants who made the port so important.

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Câmara de Lobos 


Câmara de Lobos is one of the most picturesque locations on Madeira Island. It was undoubtedly one of the bays which sheltered the sailors that first disembarked on the island in the 15th century.

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Ribeira Brava 


Ribeira Brava got its name from the river that crosses the island from North to South. It courses through one of the most beautiful valleys in Madeira, bordered by steep high cliffs on either side leading up to the island’s highest mountains.

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Ponta do Sol 


Ponta do Sol, as its name indicates, is one of the sunniest spots on Madeira, with most hours of sun all year round. Lugar de Baixo is considered the place with the best climate on the island with the most stable and highest mean temperature.

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Calheta 


Calheta is the largest locality in the archipelago. It lives off agriculture, predominantly banana plantations.

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Porto Moniz 


Porto Moniz is made up of the westernmost regions of the Madeira Island.

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São Vicente 


São Vicente is a council which has known many transformations. The arrival of new accessibilities with the new roads and tunnel connecting the South and North sides of the island have made it closer to the capital, Funchal.

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Santana 


Santana holds the title of World Biosphere Reserve for it is here that one of the most extensive areas of original Madeira Laurissilva Forest grows. This territory was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Machico 


Machico was the first captainship on the island. It was here that the first settlers sent by the Crown in Lisbon came to colonise the island. It was here that the first Portuguese settlers sent by the Crown in Lisbon came to colonise the island.

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Santa Cruz 


Santa Cruz is the council where the Madeira International Airport is situated. In terms of population this is the second most developed council on the island after Funchal, mainly due to the infrastructures built here.

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Porto Santo 


Porto Santo is the other inhabited island in the Madeira Archipelago. It has an extraordinary nine kilometre long beach with soft golden sand whose geological components have been studied rigorously by national and international specialists.

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