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Madeira in pictures - Funchal
In brief +
For lovers of sailing, touring the archipelago is a real treat. Arrival into the bay of Funchal, nicknamed the ?pearl of the ocean' is a magnificent sight. One of the main activities of the archipelago is fishing and game fishing trips out to sea can be arranged from Funchal. This is something you must include on your itinerary if you want to make the most of the sea and spend some quality time with the locals.
Contrary to its reputation, Madeira is not an island simply for lazing around. Its volcanic origins explain the presence of the high mountains and their valleys from which paths follow the irrigation canals known as levadas. To cover any part of the 1,400 miles of treks available make sure you have packed some good walking shoes! The trek leading to the summit of Pico Ruivo requires a lot of physical effort but is instantly rewarded by the stunning view from the top.
Of a volcanic origin, the archipelago of Madeira is a true paradise for hikers hungry for wild landscapes. Its multiple levadas, the island's network of irrigation canals, offer unforgettable strolls through tunnels dug into the mountains and along lost paths in the forest. Its subtropical climate allows ...
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