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The northern coast of Madeira in Santana

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  MADEIRA & PORTO SANTO ISLAND   Calheta Câmara de Lobos
   Canico Caniço Villias   Estreito de Câmara de Lobos 
   Funchal Funchal Villias   Machico Machico Villa
   Madeira Madeira Villas   Porto Moniz Porto Santo
   Ponta Do Sol Ribeira Brava   Santa Cruz São Vicente
  THE AZORES ISLANDS   Island Of Sao Miguel
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Quinta Das Vistas Palace Gardens
Caminho Santo Antonio 52 -
Funchal, Portugal 9000187

Surrounded By 12,000 Square Meters
Of Centenary Gardens, Fountains And A Pond With Swans In The Hills Above This Quaint City, The Romantic Quinta Das Vistas Palace Gardens-created From A Manor House-offers Panoramic Views Of The Mountains,
 Town And Ocean. Guests Are Close To
The Center Of Funchal, The Portuguese Island Of Madeira's Nearly 500-Year-old Capital, And Picturesque Villages, Volcanic Caves, Rugged Coast Lines And Beautiful Natural Beaches.The Hotel's Staff Tips Off Guests To Big-game Fishing, All-day Boat Trips, Helicopter Rides, Island Junkets And Opportunities For Water Skiing, Snorkeling, Gliding And Diving.

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  The Madeira Islands is a Portuguese autonomous archipelago in the north Atlantic Ocean that lies between 32°22.3′N 16°16.5′W and 33°7.8′N 17°16.65′W.

The Madeira Islands, known originally to the Romans as the Purple Islands, were rediscovered (accidentally) by Portuguese sailors and settled by Portugal in 1418. It is currently an autonomous region.

Positioned in the Atlantic Ocean, about 360 miles directly west of Morocco, Africa, and 540 miles southwest of Lisbon, Portugal. Madeira and Porto Santo are the only inhabited islands.

These islands are a popular year-round resort, famed worldwide for their Madeira wine, embroidery artisans, New Years' Eve celebrations with a spectacular fireworks show, a perfect climate, striking scenery and beautiful flowers.

Madeira's almost five-century-old capital is said to have been named 'Funchal' because of the abundance of fennel (funcho) that was growing there.

Funchal is located in a unique area. The amphitheatre of Funchal city begins at the harbour and rises almost 1200 metres high on gentle slopes. This provides a natural shelter and was what once attracted the first settlers.

The harbour and climate combined with an excellent geographical position allowed Funchal to have a rapid population growth.

Today Funchal is a very modern city with over 104,000 inhabitants. This does however mean that traffic congestion in the centre can become sometimes quite stressful. The city can easily be explored by foot and no matter where your hotel is located (as long as it is in the Funchal tourist area) you will find no difficulty in walking into the city centre to delight at its sights and sounds.

Probably the most central point is the Sé Cathedral. Built between 1493 and 1514 by Gil Eanes it represents one of Madeira's numerous treasures.

Geography and climate
Funchal, the capital of Madeira Island, is on the south coast of the principal island, in 32°37.75′N 16°55.3′W. Among Madeira's main cities are: Funchal, Porto Santo also known as Vila Baleira, Ribeira Brava, Machico, Câmara de Lobos, Santa Cruz, and Calheta.

The archipelago lies about 360 miles from the coast of Africa, 535 miles from Lisbon, 240 from Tenerife, and 480 from Santa Maria, the nearest of the Azores.

Madeira Island is the largest island of the group with 741 km², has a length of 30 geographical miles (57 km), an extreme breadth of 13 miles (22 km), and a coastline of 80 or 90 miles. Its longer axis lies east and west, in which direction it is traversed by a mountain chain, the backbone of the island, having a mean altitude of 4000 feet (1220 metres), up to which many deep ravines penetrate from both coasts.

On the south there is very little left of the indigenous laurisilva forest which once clothed the whole island (until the original settlers decided to clear the land for farming by setting most of the island on fire) and gave it the name it bears (Madeira means "wood" in Portuguese), but on the north some of the valleys still contain native trees of fine growth. These laurisilva forests, notably the forests on the northern slopes of Madeira Island, are designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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.

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.
Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain
Following its heyday as a world power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence in 1822 of Brazil as a colony. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.
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