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 Amazing little island in the Atlantic Ocean, where there are no problems (at least, so say the locals).  Columbus considered this cozy island an ideal place to forget about everyday worries and problems for a while (he himself lived here for several years, having married the daughter of the local governor)  Madeira is located 1000 km south-west of Lisbon and 700 km from the coast of Africa, thanks to which year-round the island has approximately the same air temperature (19 degrees in winter and 22-25 * C in summer) and water (18-20 * C)  . The archipelago of the same name includes the island of Porto Santo, as well as the uninhabited islands of Desertas (translated from Portuguese as “uninhabited”) and Selvagesh (“wild”). For its exceptionally mild climate, toning and restoring forces, Madeira received the name of the island of “eternal spring”.  Since the island is of volcanic origin, Madeira’s soil consists mainly of lava and ash, which, along with a favorable climate, creates a true subtropical paradise here.  Bananas grow here right on the streets of the city, and the variety of flowering plants of all sorts of colors and shapes can not but surprise. At any time of year, orchids, calas, bougainvillea, hydrangeas, magnolias and azaleas bloom here.  The symbol of the island is a strelitzia flower, resembling a big fantastic red bird.  Every year at the end of April – beginning of May, the Carnival of Flowers is held on Madeira – a holiday that hundreds of tourists from all over the world come to see. Once, sugar production made possible the appearance of the famous Madeira wine, which made the island famous all over the world.  Every year in September, the Grape Harvest Festival is held – an interesting and beautiful sight.  The production of wine, bananas and exotic flowers now form the basis of Madeira’s economy. The center of folk crafts of Madeira is considered to be the place Camacha, where the famous wickerwork is made.  The capital of the island, the city of Funchal, a huge amphitheater descends from the mountain slopes to the shore of the majestic ocean. In the city itself, as well as in its vicinity, there are several magnificent botanical gardens, including the Orchid Garden.  On the funicular you can climb to the top of Mount Monte, offering stunning views of the city and the ocean, and go down on the wicker sled, which for many years served as a common vehicle for the inhabitants of Madeira.  Madeira is a real paradise for those who like to walk and admire beautiful landscapes without suffering from unbearable heat, high humidity and biting insects.  For fans of golf on Madeira equipped with two sites of international class.  One of them, “Santa da Serra”, is located in an eucalyptus grove at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level.  Also impressive is the abundance of tropical fruits: bananas, passion fruit, mangoes, avocados, watermelons, as well as oranges and grapes grown on rich volcanic soils, which require virtually no chemical fertilizers.  This is a rich selection of fresh fish and seafood – from crabs and a wide variety of shellfish to juicy tuna and sabers characteristic of the Madeira cuisine.  These are famous wines, collectively known as “Madeira” and excellent cuisine with the famous “espetada”, i.e.  kebabs that are roasted over a fire on spits of laurel wood and eaten with fragrant homemade bread and red wine.    10 minutes by plane from Madeira – and you are on the island of Porto Santo.  Along the coast stretches a ten-kilometer strip of amazingly beautiful and rarely clean beaches.  Their golden sand is famous for its healing properties. A swim in the warm and calm waters of the Atlantic can be here all year round.