Madeira: Travel and tourism

Monte: Cable car
Monte: Cable car
Far out in the Atlantic Ocean (nearly 600 kilometres from North Africa and 1000 km from Lisbon) lies the archipelago of Madeira and Porto Santo, the first with its luxuriant vegetation, steep hills and astonishing views, the second with almost no vegetation but boasting of a 9-km beach.

The island of Madeira is well-known to tourists; its capital, Funchal, offers a wide choice of hotels, restaurants and shops, besides museums and historical buildings.

But the best is to explore the whole island: from Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain, only to be reached by foot, to Curral das Freiras, a magnificent valley surrounded by frightening peaks, and to the small villages by the sea, everywhere you can see impressive sceneries of deep cliffs, green woods and exotic flowers.

By contrast, Porto Santo has the only thing Madeira lacks: an enormous sandy beach, where you can enjoy all sorts of water sports.
Hotel Apartamento Vila Ventura Hotel Apartamento Vila Ventura
Caniço de Baixo, Santa Cruz
$$$ (50 to 100 euros)

A tiny and cozy aparthotel of casual atmosphere, with personalized service, ideal for people who dislike big hotels. Built in 1991 and renovated in 2005, without a lift but with only two floors, it is surrounded by gardens and subtropical plants, near the sea, on a quiet location, 12 kilometres (8 miles) away from the airport and Funchal.

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