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MADEIRA

High mountains, deep gorges, wide carpets of flowers,
roaring surf Madeira,
that is the island of flowers in the middle of the ocean.

All year round the climate is mild,
the average temperature 20°C in winter and 25°C in summer.

There is no season without a profusion of flowers.

The island is 600 km distant from Africa,
and 900 km from Portugal,
nearly at the geographical level of Casablanca.
Its length is 57 km, its width 22 km.

Most of the 280.000 inhabitants
live in the capital Funchal or nearby.

Local language is Portuguese.
As the British have traditionally preferred this island
as a summer resort.
You can easily get through speaking English.

In order to ensure an equal irrigation
for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables,
people have constructed little canals all over the island,
called levadas.

Beside many exotic flowers such as different sorts of orchids,
you can find:
bananas, passion-fruits,papayas, mangos
and the like which grow particularly well on the island.

There are few little fine sandy beaches
and some public bathing pools
built in the rocks for a swim or a sun bath.

• If you really want to enjoy the entire beauty
and variety of the island
we recommend you hire a car.•

The interior of the island offers a lot of beautiful sites.
There are breathtaking views on deep valleys,
plantations in terraces on the slopes of the mountains,
and the blue Atlantic Ocean.

Or you may wander along the bilberry bushes
and trough woods of eucalyptus
to the highest mountain of the island,
the Pico de Ruivo (1861 m).

You can reach the neighbouring island of Porto Santo
by plane in 20 minutes.

There you find plenty of sandy beaches
reaching as far as you can watch.
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Madeira - Am Pico de Ariero (Foto www.horst-michel.eu) Madeira - Blick auf Funchal Nachbau der Santa Maria vor dem Cabo Girao

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