Thursday, 28 February 2013

Beauty From the Atlantic ( Madeira )


Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago located in the north Atlantic Ocean and is one of the outermost regions of the European Union. Discovered by Portuguese sailors in the service Infante D. Henrique were known as Henry the Navigator in 1419, the Madeira archipelago is considered as the initial discovery of the exploratory period of the Portuguese. 

After the democratic revolution in 1974, finally, on July 1, 1976 Portugal was officially granted autonomy to Madeira. From that day on Madeira has its own government and transformed into a popular tourist destination throughout the year. 

Known for its production of wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery, as well as the celebration of the New Year with a spectacular fireworks show (considered one of the largest in the world by Guinness World Records), Madeira annually visited by no less than one million tourists.
The main harbor in Funchal is a vital stopover for commercial shipping services and trans-Atlantic from Europe, the Caribbean and North America. So it is not surprising that Madeira has now established itself as the second richest region in Portugal (after Lisbon) with a GDP per capita of 103% of the average member of the European Union. 

At the heart of the island, Madeira still have many relics of the old world of Europe, such as architecture, traditions and way of life. Spend the day by crossing the national park Laurisilva (the largest forest area is still beautiful in Europe), spying endemic Madeira charming, and visit Quinta del Bela Vista to spend the evening enjoying a popular wine collection, an enjoyment that you can feel in Madeira .

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