Madeira Island

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Madeira is the main island of the Madeira archipelago, an autonomous region of Portugal, off Africa’s northwest coast. The rugged, volcanic landscape is crisscrossed with levadas (old irrigation channels) with footpaths. A trail ascends the peak of Pico Ruivo. Dotted around the island are wineries producing fortified Madeira wine. On the south coast, the capital, Funchal, is known for its 16th-century cathedral.

What is the island of Madeira?

It is an archipelago situated in the north Atlantic Ocean, southwest of mainland Portugal. Its total population was estimated in 2016 at 289,000. The capital of Madeira is Funchal, which is located on the main island's south coast. The archipelago is just under 400 kilometres (250 mi) north of Canary Islands.

Is Madeira worth visiting?

Even if you don't want to visit the gardens, the trip is worth it for the views, and you can enjoy the most unique way to come down the hill - the toboggan. Cable car in Funchal, Madeira.

What is Madeira famous for?

Madeira is famous for the wine that bears its name and, today, is produced in a number of varieties. Vineyards on the island were once managed by Jesuit priests. Madeira can be a dry table wine, a sweet dessert wine, or rich after-dinner drink.

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