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Portugal 2016

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Funchal, Portugal
Appearing for the first time in the mid-1800s as a means of transport to downtown Funchal, the wicker sleds are still in action today and are a fun and fast way to travel down the mountain and experience a bit of local history at the same time.
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Travessa Vista da Praia, Caniço de Baixo, 9125-039 Caniço, Portugal
This ruggedly beautiful Portuguese archipelago is an absolute gem, and definitely one of the most beautiful places I've yet traveled to. If you yearn for sandy beaches, then perhaps the nearby island of Porto Santo might be more to your liking,...
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Estr. do Aeroporto 65, 9060-382 Funchal, Portugal
We visited Madeira in May 2013. I wanted to hike for a few days during a week visit to Portugal. Madeira far exceeded my expectations. It was beautiful, the levada walks were great. The people were friendly. The wild flowers on the first hike were...
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Largo do Chafariz, 9000-080 Funchal, Portugal
While traveling to Portugal, I decided to plan about five days on Madeira Island. Madeira has been called "The Pearl of the Atlantic" because of its lush beauty. When we arrived, I could see just why this little bit of heaven was given that title....
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Rua 5 de Outubro 78, Funchal, 9000-079, Ilha da Madeira, Funchal, Sé, 9000-079 Funchal, Portugal
While in Madeira, you of course visit the Madeira Wine Institute and Old Blandy"s Wine Lodge in Funchal. Both offer tours and tastings. Madeira wine has always been popular especially with the British. For some years, the interest in Madeira wines...
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Funchal, Portugal
The Monte wicker toboggans are typically made from wicker and powered down the hill by two men called the “Carriers” on Madeira Island. This wild trip lasts for approximately 10-15 minutes for a 1.5 mile distance and takes you from the bottom of...
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7570-789 Carvalhal, Portugal
Ilha do Arroz is essentially a wooden beach shack nestled in the dunes on the Comporta coastline... but not just any beach shack, this place has a 5 star menu, delicious cocktails and a wonderfully laid back vibe. A caipirinha on the deck is the...
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Carrasqueira, 7580 Comporta, Portugal
An hour and half away from Lisbon, before you go to the beach of Comporta, Carvalhal or Pego, or to enjoy a different sunset, stop by at Carrasqueira, sited at Natural Reserve of Sado Estuary. Cross the village till you arrive to a gravel road and...
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Sítio da Carrasqueira, 7580-613 Comporta, Portugal
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. “The area around Comporta, south of Lisbon, is a well-kept secret," explains Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels, "but with several development projects coming soon, it is well worth a visit...