What you need to know before traveling to Madeira Island

The Island of Madeira is one of two self-governing islands of Portugal. It is located 950 km/580 miles from the European mainland. Its harbor Funchal is a major stopover for cruisers en route from the Caribbean and Europe. It is also important for its commercial and passenger traffic. The Island of Madeira is a popular year-round resort that is known more often than not to be warm, sunny and mild.

The area holds a wealth of history based on the diversity of immigrants from all parts of Europe which all left their mark on Madeira. There are numerous museums and architectural monuments to see, while the assorted crafts produced by the islands embroidery artisans provide a vast and pleasant shopping experience. A few years back the island shores were "discovered" by surfing enthusiasts and professionals. The vineyards which produce the world renowned Madeira wine, the soft rolling hills all visible from the mountain peaks offer unique, dazzling panoramas are just a few reasons to come and check out Madeira Island.

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