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Madeira: Car Tours and Walks (Landscapes)

Madeira: Car Tours and Walks (Landscapes)
by John Underwood, Pat Underwood
  THE book that made walking on Madeira so popular. In print since 1981, with over half a million copies sold. Pocket-sized and in full colour, the guide describes six car tours (with fold-out touring map), highlighting places where you can stop for a walk or just a stroll to a lovely picnic setting. But the major part of the book is devoted to 100 different long and short walk routes, illustrated with large-scale topographical maps (1:40,000). More information and prices from:
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Madeira Tour & Trail Map 5th Edition

Madeira Tour & Trail Map 5th Edition
by David Brawn, Ros Brawn
  Main changes/updates included in the new 5th Edition are: inclusion of all the walking routes from Shirley Whitehead's Madeira Walks guide book. - correction of some place and levada names. - updated notes on the old roads replaced by new tunnel roads on the north coast, west coast and to Curral das Freiras. - realignment of streets in Nazare region of Funchal. More information and prices from:
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Madeira Insight Guide

Madeira Insight Guide
  This 278-page guidebook to Madeira presents the country's highlights in a comprehensive format, illustrated with hundreds of stunning full-colour photographs and comprehensive maps. It is an inspiring background read and serves as an invaluable, on-the-spot companion - but can also be kept as a superb, visual souvenir of a visit. Incisive essays focus on Madeira's history, people culture and photo features show the island's fascinating attractions, ranging from its legendary sweet wine to its complex patchwork of terraces. Detailed, cross-referenced maps allow you to quickly pin point areas and sites mentioned in the guide and section of Travel Tips incorporates all the travel details and contact numbers visitors will need.
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Madeira

Wooded uplands in central Madeira

Wooded uplands in central Madeira

Madeira, Porto Santo and the other islands in the group were uninhabited when the Portuguese arrived but they had been known to Phoenician, Roman and North African sailors. There is a legend about an exiled English nobleman from Bristol, Sir Robert Machin being abandoned on the island at a place called Machico during the 14th century with his mistress, Anne d'Arset, a page and some goats - having missed their intended destinstion, Brittany, by a thousand miles. The mistress died and Machin set off for Morocco in search of the crew that had deserted him. But this is likely to be fictional and the first known settlers on Madeira and Porto Santo were Portuguese navigators, Zarco and Vaz, who found Porto Santo in 1418 and saw Madeira in the distance. In his A World of Islands, Leslie Thomas writes that:

(Madeira's dead) 'volcano and the peaks that buttress it collect clouds. When Zarco, the Portuguese adventurer - sent by Henry the Navigator in the fifteenth century to explore the ocean beyond the horizon - first saw Madeira he thought it was a cloud. He watched from the small isle of Porto Santo, 28 miles away, and wondered why the cloud was always there but did not venture further for a long time. In his heart he thought it might be theplace where God brooded.'

Zarco returned in 1420 and landed on Ilha da Madeira, named by Zarco after the Portuguese word for wood. The island was covered by great trees and an attempt was made to clear an area for settlement. The result was a fire that blazed for seven years. But more settlers soon followed and they quickly flourished due to their position on one of the main Atlantic trade routes.

Steps leading into Funchal

Steps leading into Funchal

Madeira wine became a major export in the 17th century and brought in British traders who had a considerable influence on the island. Their traditions are seen at Reid's Palace Hotel, Madeira's best-known hotel.

More about Madeira:

Madeira - An Introduction

Madeira's history and attractions

Funchal, Madeira

Hotels in Funchal, Madeira

Reid's Hotel, Madeira

Madeira and Porto Santo (Rough Guide DIRECTIONS)

Madeira and Porto Santo (Rough Guide DIRECTIONS)
by Matthew Hancock
  Make the most of your time with "Rough Guide Directions Madeira". Slim, stylish and pocketable, the guide is an up-to-date, authoritative and user-friendly companion to this stunning Portuguese outpost. Full-colour and richly illustrated throughout, the guide highlights the best Madeira has on offer from wild mountains to precipitous valleys and the most beautiful walks on which to adsorb it all - giving you inspiration for things to do, 24 hours a day.You'll find accurate information on the regions top attractions from exploring the streets of the islands historical capital, Funchai, to the vast expanse of superb sand on Porto Santo as well as the regions leisure highlights and most unspoilt, architectural and child-friendly attractions. The guide features up-to-date listings of all the hottest new places to stay, eat, drink, club, shop and enjoy the wide array of leisure activities on offer to suit all budgets, and comes complete with comprehensive maps to help you find your way around.
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