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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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Reid's Palace Hotel, Madeira

Reid's Palace Hotel, Funchal, Madeira

Reid's Palace Hotel, Funchal, Madeira

The famous Reid's Palace Hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking Funchal harbour and sits within ten acres of its own gardens. The hotel was the idea of William Reid who arrived in Madeira as a cabin boy in 1836. He made his fortune in the wind trade. The hotel was opened in 1891 and attracted a number of celebrities over the next few decades. It was acquired by the Blandy family of Madeira wine fame in 1936.

Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor, spending much of his time painting the fishing village of Cãmara de Lobos.

Churchill painting in Madeira
Churchill painting in Madeira

Reid's is now owned by the Orient Express Group and reflects the high standards of luxury and service offered by Orient Express. The hotel features a range of restaurants and terraces, including a grand Edwardian-style dining room and an Italian restaurant and a cocktail bar. 'Tea' on Reid's terrace reflects one of the British traditions of the island.

As one of the world's top hotels, it is obviously expensive but off-season deals can be good value. Be careful not to to book a room facing the road - the traffic never stops.

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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