Madeira Island

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Madeira is one of two main Portuguese islands located a 90-minute plane ride away from Lisbon in the Atlantic. The island is of volcanic origin and offers visitors a chance to discover diverse natural landscapes including flower gardens, mountains, beaches and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Laurissilva da Madeira. Outdoor lovers are in paradise during a trip to this unique destination, and its famous trails often draw in active travelers who enjoy running, mountain biking and canyoning. Funchal, the capital of the island group, houses 100,000 of the 270,000 residents in the region. The city boasts historical neighborhoods, lush gardens, pristine beaches and several museums and churches to explore.