Things to Do in Madeira Portugal

Things to Do in Madeira Portugal
Who would have thought there were so many things to do in Madeira Portugal.  Two weeks spent on Madeira island and we still did not cover all that we wanted to.  Madeira surprised us. Madeira really has it all; top-class hotels and restaurants, stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes, beaches and natural swimming pools, parks, cool architecture and warm friendly people.  We were fortunate to stay with our close friends and experience the island life as locals do.

Where is Madeira

Madeira is the largest of the 4 Atlantic Ocean islands that make up the Madeira Archipelago off the coast of mainland Portugal.  Madeira covers 801 km2.  The capital of Madeira is Funchal and is located on the south coast of Madeira.

Historical Highlights of Madeira

In July 1419 two Portuguese explorers Zarco and Vaz, on the orders of Prince Henry the Navigator, were sent to chart the West Coast of Africa.  Strong winds sent them off track and they landed on the island of Porto Santo.  They reported back to Henry the Navigator on the richness of the island.  A year later Madeira was discovered and the first colonizers settled there between 1420 and 1425.

In 1478 Christoper Columbus arrived in Madeira.  He married Filipa, the daughter of the 1st governor of Porto Santo and lived in what is known now as Colombus Square.  The house was demolished in 1877, and in its place is the Sugar Museum.

Since the 17th-century wine has been Madeira’s most famous product.

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Guide Name: Things to Do in Madeira Portugal
Guide Location: Portugal » Madeira
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Jesuits College   Church of St John The Evangelist   City Hall   Monte Palace Tropical Gardens   Church of Our Lady of the Monte   Funchal Cathedral   Mercado dos Lavradoes   Rua de Santa Maria   Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre   Holy Trinity Funchal Madeira   II Gallo d’Oro   Restaurante do Forte   Restaurante Mozart   O Tasco   Doca do Cavacas  
Author: Jane Dempster-smith
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