- Experiencing the old and the new. Madeira retains a traditional Portuguese feel but has one foot firmly in the 21st century, with cutting-edge museums, an excellent road system, and some fine modern bars and restaurants.
- Experiencing the levadas. There are around 2,000 km (1,240 miles) of levadas, or drainage canals that allow easy walking access to the island’s jagged mountain peaks and dramatic coastline.
- Celebrating at festivals. With one of the world’s biggest New Year’s Day fireworks displays, a spectacular Carnival, and countless local festivities, there is always reason to celebrate somewhere on the island.
- Enjoying the flora. Madeira’s semi-tropical climate and rich volcanic soil promote an astonishingly verdant array of flowers, plants, and trees, both in the wild and in some beautifully cultivated gardens.
- Taking to the Atlantic. If you aren't tempted to swim in the cool Atlantic waters, head off on a boat for the chance to spot dolphins or whales or for some of the best game fishing anywhere.
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