Madeira is the largest island of an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa and an autonomous region of Portugal. This island is volcanic, green and rugged and boasting high cliffs and pebble beaches.
The capital Funchal has botanic gardens and is known for its harbour and a large New Year’s fireworks show.
Madeira covers 459 square miles and is 35 miles long and 13 miles wide. Thanks to its excellent geographical location and mountainous relief, the islands have surprisingly balmy weather with moderate humidity and pleasant average temperatures of 25ºC in the summer and 17ºC in the winter. The sea temperature is also very mild, thanks to the influence of the warm Gulf Stream, averaging 22ºC in the summer and 18ºC in the winter.
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