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Madeira and Porto Santo (Cadogan Island Guides Series)

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With its dramatic scenery and unique Portuguese and British history, the semi-tropical island of Madeira is one of Europe's best-kept secrets. From arid mountaintops to verdant forests, from sleepy coastal villages to hidden art treasures, this comprehensive new guide explores all the corners that can easily be missed. It brings to life the culture and characters that informed the island's past and shaped its present. Each year Madeira's flora and spectacular landscape attracts thousands of tourists and hikers. ...

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Overview

With its dramatic scenery and unique Portuguese and British history, the semi-tropical island of Madeira is one of Europe's best-kept secrets. From arid mountaintops to verdant forests, from sleepy coastal villages to hidden art treasures, this comprehensive new guide explores all the corners that can easily be missed. It brings to life the culture and characters that informed the island's past and shaped its present. Each year Madeira's flora and spectacular landscape attracts thousands of tourists and hikers. Cadogan's guide has a special color flower-viewing section and outlines the most beautiful and peaceful hikes. If visitors want to wander further afield, the guide includes a section on Porto Santo, Madeira's own desert island and the only place to find a stretch of beach; and the Desertas, rocky outcrops inhabited only by rare plants and birds. Sample the best Madeira wine in Funchal; taste the delicious regional specialties, seafood, and fruit; and shop for world-famous embroidery and wickerwork. With Cadogan, visitors will uncover untold delights from the jacaranda-lined avenues of Funchal to the harsh beauty of the craggy coastline--contrasts that only enhance this unique island.

o Divides the island up into regions to give full coverage to all the villages and sights where the architecture changes dramatically within just a few miles o Our discerning author picks out the best places to stay, eat, drink, and shop o Practical, reliable advice on prices, tours, train, and bus information, walking routes in the rugged interior, and details of festivals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860111044
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Series: Cadogan Island Guides Series
  • Edition description: Third Editions
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodney Bolt has written the Cadogan Guides to Amsterdam, Germany, and Bavaria. He fell in love with Madeira several years ago and has been a frequent visitor ever since. He lives in Amsterdam.

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'Most of Madeira is made up of soft, reddish-brown tufa, with occasional pillars of dark basalt. Tufa, as one traveller pointed out, can be cut as smoothly and precisely as cheese. You'll see roads sliced out of vertical cliffs, mountains carved into tiny terraces, and goat-sheds scooped out of the hillsides'

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Table of Contents

Photo Essay; Introduction; Practical A-Z; History; Arts, Crafts and Architecture; Wine, Walks and Wildflowers; Funchal; The Eastern Spur; Inland and the North; The Western Coast; Porto Santo and the Desertas; Chronology;
Language; Further Reading; Index

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