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    Portela

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    I must confess that I would never go to Portela by my own - it was a new name for me, meaning nothing. Well, it was a very good surprise, with, maybe, the best views that I had in Madeira.
    That's it - you will only know the island if you explore it in detail.

    My Portela page is poor, but, it was a good moment

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    São Vicente

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013
    S. Vicente - Madeira

    When crossing from the south to the northern coast, in the middle of the area, we arrive to S. Vicente. It´s a nice small town, with a wide but rough pebble beach, with a restaurant in the centre of it.

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    Paul da Serra

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013
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    The top of the island is wild, with dramatic landscape dotted with cows pasturing in a flora that should be preserved, what means a discrete local conflict. With good roads, the visit is easy and doesn't demand much time, unless you want to explore one of the "levadas".

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    Pico de Barcelos

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    Maybe the best sightseeing point over Funchal is Pico de Barcelos, 335 meters above sea level. It stays close to town, and allows wide views over the most populated part of the coast - from Funchal to Câmara de Lobos. It is also possible to see the Desert islands

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    Câmara de Lobos

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    All the island is prepared to show its beautiful spots, whith men and nature combining to get the best final result. The steep hills are very helpful to open wide views, and flowers give the final touch.

    However, some point have a special charm, such as Câmara de Lobos, not far from Funchal, embracing a small harbour protected by the high mountain. We had there a very good dinner, but (silly me!) I didn't retain the restaurant´s name.

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    Camache - famous for its wicker-making.

    by CDM7 Written Oct 31, 2013

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    If you take a walk around the town you will find the stacks of freshly cut willow canes.These are then soaked in water and stripped of their bark,then boiled which makes them pliable enough to weave.
    The large shop in the town is where you will find every conceivable item made out of wicker.If you go down to the lower floor you will find the weavers working.

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    Take the coastal walk to Praia Formosa

    by CDM7 Updated Oct 20, 2013

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    The walk along the coastal footpath from the Lido area to Praia Formosa beach makes for an enjoyable and interesting couple of hours.The level ground with a few steep inclines means that it is a reasonably easy walk.It is advisable to take water with you,although there are places on route to stop for a coffee or cold drink.Just before you reach Praia Formosa beach you will enter a lit pedestrian tunnel,where in a couple of places you can watch the sea below.

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    Visit Machico

    by CDM7 Updated Oct 20, 2013

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    Probably the most interesting town on the island,as it was the landing point of the discoverers of Madeira on the 1st July 1419.
    The town makes a nice starting point for a number of 'levada' walks.If you enjoy swimming and sunbathing the town also boasts one of the best sandy beaches on the island.The main income comes from agriculture,fishing and tourism.A small harbour can be found on the left of the beach.

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    Natural beauty of Ponta de Sao Lourenco

    by CDM7 Written Oct 17, 2013

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    From the car park on the peninsula at the end of the south coast road you can take a walk along the cliff footpath.The long,narrow chain of volcanic cliffs and ravines at the eastern end of Madeira is a dramatic wilderness,protected as a nature reserve.Here you will find many sea birds which nest in colonies;such as the Grebe,Black Petrel,Puffin and Tern.

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    Nuns Valley

    by CDM7 Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    The small village of Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley) is situated between almost perpendicular mountains,and as the village is very isolated the villagers live mainly on what they grow.
    The name of the valley came about when in 1566 the nuns of Santa Clara convent fled from pirates who were attacking Funchal.
    The trip up to the viewpoint is via a winding road,from here you have great views looking down on the valley.

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    Visit Funchal

    by ankola83 Written Sep 28, 2013

    Best place to go on Madeira is Funchal. Not only is it big and has lots of tourist attractions it also has a good climat. Good place where most of the trips start. The north part of the island is far more cloudy and rainy.

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    Santo da Serra

    by solopes Updated Feb 6, 2013

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    Located in the northeast part of the island, this is "the capital" of golf in Madeira. A new project to protect biodiversity is the most visited highlight, in a village that is also known by its cider production.

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    Funchal

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Living for (and from) tourism for decades, Funchal was carefully embellished. That, together with the natural beauty makes it... beautiful.

    A good place to stay some days, travelling around in the short trips needed to visit the picturesque points of the island.

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    Pico do Areeiro

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012

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    One of the highest points of the island, this is a common and easy visit from Funchal, only a few minutes distant. The views are breathtaking, sometimes with the clouds at your feet, enhancing the dramatic landscape.

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    Porto Moniz

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
    Porto Moniz - Madeira
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    Located in the northwestern tip of the island, this is my favorite place, with a great landscape and a wise use of natural conditions to create a few pools in the sea. Not to be missed!

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