Madeira Island

Madeira Island

Madeira is a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean that is teeming with life, offers a display of brilliantly coloured flowers and fragrant fruits which most visitors might have never seen before, wonderful nature, splendid views, amazing hiking trails etc. it is so hard to put into words the uniqueness of Madeira Island and its nature. The volcanic nature of the island cossets away most of the island’s beaches behind its high cliffs, but instead offering spectacular viewpoints onto the ocean, lush forests that hide incredible animal and plant species as well as many hidden locations waiting to be uncovered. Even though the main attractions of the island are its exotic tropical nature and botanical gardens, Madeira also has well-developed cities catering for the needs of modern tourists with a lot of sights, history, shopping areas, restaurants etc.

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Photos

Photos of Madeira Island

On this page you can find the best photos of all tourist attractions of Madeira Island in Portugal. This is the fastest way to get to know Madeira and all of its tourist attractions, monuments, natural wonders etc. This photo gallery is interactive, which means that it is composed of the most viewed photos of tourist sights and attraction of the island. Therefore, visitors of the website are the ones that create this gallery themselves.

Photos of Madeira Island

Tourist map

Map of Madeira Island

On this map you can find all of the tourist attractions and sights of Madeira Island. This map shows the locations of most important and most visited tourist attractions of the island, natural wonders, viewpoints etc.

Tourist map of Madeira Island

History

History of Madeira Island
Madeira Island is located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 1,000 kilometers away from the coast of Portugal and its capital city Lisbon. On the map, the island is situated to the West from the coast of the African continent and Morocco, just 400 kilometers north of Tenerife.

History of Madeira Island

Sights

Sights in Madeira Island

The main sights of Madeira Island are very diversified and cover different churches and monuments from the history of the island, botanical gardens that emphasize the beauty of the natural world, natural phenomena etc. On this page you will be able to see the full list of the most well-known tourist attractions (tourist sites) of Madeira Island. The list is interactive and your votes are the only criteria we use for rating the attractions.

Sights in Madeira Island

Adventure

Adventure in Madeira Island

The island of Madeira is a perfect place for those ready to embark on an adventure. This island offers some amazing hiking trails that take visitors through UNESCO protected forests and alongside crystal clear waterfalls. Also because of its volcanic origins, Madeira hides numerous viewpoints from high cliffs as well as hidden areas which can only be reached by cable cars and which we strongly recommend. The list is interactive and your votes are the only criteria we use for rating the attractions.

Adventure in Madeira Island

History of Madeira Island

Madeira Island is located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 1,000 kilometers away from the coast of Portugal and its capital city Lisbon. On the map, the island is situated to the West from the coast of the African continent and Morocco, just 400 kilometers north of Tenerife. Its mild climate offers almost a year round paradise in amazing biodiversity, which probably represents the main tourist attraction of the island. The population of Madeira Island is around 270,000 people. The capital city of Madeira Island is Funchal, located on the southern coast. The population of Funchal is around 111,000 people, which means that more than 40% of Madeira’s population lives in Funchal. The island was completely uninhabited till 15th century when it was discovered by Portuguese sailors. In this period, called the age of discovery, Portugal started building new navy ships and started exploring and discovering new worlds. Madeira is considered to be the first discovery of this era. There are many sources that testify that the island may had been discovered even before, but in history the Portuguese discovery was taken as the official date. In 1418, two Portugal captains were taken off course by a storm and ended up on the island that they named Porto Santo (Holy Harbor) because they escaped a shipwreck. In 1419, an expedition was organized to explore this island. Newcomers saw a heavy cloud in the direction of southwest, which finally turned out to be the largest island of the archipelago Madeira. Therefore, both discovered islands Porto Santo and Madeira were claimed by Portuguese crown and soon afterwards colonized.

History of Madeira Island

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Madeira Island

Madeira is a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean that is teeming with life, offers a display of brilliantly coloured flowers and fragrant fruits which most visitors might have never seen before, wonderful nature, splendid views, amazing hiking trails etc. it is so hard to put into words the uniqueness of Madeira Island and its nature. The volcanic nature of the island cossets away most of the island’s beaches behind its high cliffs, but instead offering spectacular viewpoints onto the ocean, lush forests that hide incredible animal and plant species as well as many hidden locations waiting to be uncovered. Even though the main attractions of the island are its exotic tropical nature and botanical gardens, Madeira also has well-developed cities catering for the needs of modern tourists with a lot of sights, history, shopping areas, restaurants etc.

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