Five things you didn’t know about Madeira

ONE – Primeval Woodland of Madeira

Madeira’s wild interior is classified as a protected Natural Park – the aim is to conserve the Laurisilva forests which were once common across mainland Europe, before disappearing naturally due to glaciation.

You can explore the forests on our Madeira fly-drive holiday – click here to learn more.

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TWO – Fireworks

Funchal’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display holds a Guinness World Record for being the largest.

Spend New Year immersing yourself in Funchal’s party atmosphere – click here to learn more.

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THREE – Europe’s Tallest Sea Cliff 

Madeira is home to one of Europe’s highest sea cliffs: Cabo Girao. A glass skywalk was constructed in 2012, and extends out over the cliff above the 580m sheer drop – it’s not a walk for the fainthearted !

Cabo Girao is just a short drive from our favourite sea-front hotel – the Estalagem Ponta do Sol – click here to learn more.

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FOUR – Levadas

Madeira has a vast network of levada water channels. End-to-end, their total distance is 2170km – that’s London to Prague and back again !

You can walk some of our favourite trails on our Guided levada walking holiday – click here to learn more.

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FIVE – Madeira Cake

Madeira cake doesn’t exist on Madeira – it’s a British invention from the 1800s, created to accompany Madeiran wines. One of the most popular cakes on the island is Bolo de Mel – made from left-over molasses which is a by-product of the rum-making process.

The Engenho do Norte rum distillery is a short drive from our favourite hotel in eastern Madeira: the Hotel Quinta do Furao – click here to learn more.

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The Madeira Holiday Specialists

At Archipelago Choice, we have a team of Madeira Holidays Specialists and they’re ready to answer all your questions. Find out more about our tailor-made holidays on 01768 721040, or  make an enquiry online.

 

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