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Madeira

Overview

Madeira is located in the North Atlantic Ocean and is a Portuguese archipelago. It has a population of 267,785 its capital Funchal is located on the main island’s south coast. Madeira is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal. The island is visited annually by around one million tourists and is a resort that is popular all year round. The main harbour of Madeira is located in Funchal and is the leading Portuguese port for cruise liner dockings.

Madeira is well-known for its wine, food, history and culture. The landscapes and flora and fauna here have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage. During New Year celebrations Madeira has the largest fireworks show in the world and has been recognized for the same by the Guinness World Records in 2006. The weather here is mild all year round but other micro climates do exist such as the humid and wet points and snow during most winters in the mountains. Madeira also receives rainfall between the months of October and April.

Some animal life that can be found on and around the island of Madeira includes the Madeiran large white butterfly, the Atlantic spotted dolphin, the Madeiran wall lizard along with 250 species of snails and slugs.  Its bird species include Zino’s petrel, the Trocaz Pigeon and the Madeira firecrest. Tourism in Madeira is extremely important as it provides support for commercial, transport and other activities on the island. Travellers who visit Madeira are usually from places like the European Union and includes countries such as Germany, Britain, Scandinavian and Portugal. March and April are the busiest months for tourism here. One of the most popular activities that tourists indulge in when in Madeira is whale watching. Along with the whales there are many dolphin species that can be found around the island as well. Getting to Madeira is quite easy with its main airport, the Madeira Airport being serviced by direct flights to 30 other airports in Europe and other surrounding islands. 

 

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