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Listed under Islands in Funchal, Portugal.

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Spectacular scenery. Dangerous roads if you hire a car (too many tour buses coming the other way and filling the whole road on blind corners). No beaches. (Go to neighbouring Porto Santo for a beach). Plenty of swimming off rocks though. Most hotels in Funchal, which is overdeveloped. A few outlying and more laid back places to stay around the island. Water cold in winter but bearable in summer.

Written by  Ian Wilson.

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Madeira is a classic holiday island. The subtropical weather is nice for most of the year, the mountainous scenery and architecture are striking, there is good biodiversity, it has an interesting cultural and historic background and the locals produce their own signature wine and cake.

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