Madeira is a small beautiful island about 360 miles west of Morocco and 540 miles southwest of Lisbon. Madeira is a Portuguese's 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.
Madeira known for its production of wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, 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 about one million tourists. The main harbor in Funchal is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner docking, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North America.
Madeira is currently the second richest region in Portugal, after Lisbon, with a GDP per capital of 103% of the European average.
|Madeira traditional market|
|Madeira typical house|