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A gorgeous island, Madeira is situated in the Atlantic Ocean – just off the coast of Portugal and Africa. With its luxuriant scenery, wonderful climate and lush, steep valleys; it's the perfect port of call. An area of natural beauty, Lisbon's also known as 'God's Botanical Gardens'... it's been wowing visitors for centuries. Funchal, the main resort on the island, is on Madeira's south coast, situated in a stunning bay. Having been a trading port since the 15th century, Funchal is a place rich in history. Well worth a visit is the ‘Santa Clara Convent' (the national monument) and the ‘Säo Laurenço Palace' with its European architecture. The ideal base for keen walkers, Madeira has a network of trails that'll take you through the spectacular volcanic landscapes.
Madeira's market - downtown - is where you'll find tropical fruits, flowers, wicker baskets and local arts and crafts. Other popular purchases include Madeira wine and the delicious Madeira Honey cake.
The local currency is the Euro. Madeira is1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
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