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    the wonder land

    by kris-t Updated Jun 6, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Its geographical position and mountainous landscape permit a very pleasing climate.

    Temperatures are about 22 degrees Celsius in the summer and circa 16 degrees Celsius during the winter.

    With its mild humidity, the weather of the Island is classified as subtropical. Influenced by the Gulf Stream, sea water temperature is 22 degrees Celsius during the summer and 16 in the winter.

    The islands are of volcanic origin.

    Fondest memory: A long narrow and comparatively low rocky promontory forms the eastern extremity of the island, and here there is to be seen a tract of calcareous sand, known as the Fossil Bed, containing land shells and numerous bodies resembling the roots of trees, probably produced by infiltration.

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    Levada

    by kris-t Written Jun 6, 2012

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    Favorite thing: '"Levada" is a Portuguese word derived from the word "levar" - which means to carry and is roughly translated as "carriageway", but more correctly defined as mini-canal.'

    Usual water is stored in tanks and redirect across a wide network of winding canals.

    These water carriageways than deliver water to banana plantations, vineyards, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens around the island.

    The levadas cover a total distance of 2500 km and date back to as far as the early 16th century.

    Fondest memory: You can enjoy Levada Walks - walking trails along the maintenance paths beside the Levadas, - great adventure activities inaccessible by cars.

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