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The Pristine City of Cascais on the Portuguese Riviera

If you want to experience the Portuguese Riviera, then here in the seaside paradise city of Cascais, just west of Lisbon, you are bound to find the beauty and magic of this enchanting coastal city. Cascais has a rich history that dates back centuries as a royal retreat of...

The Colorful City of Aveiro on the Portuguese Riviera

Aveiro, the beautiful Portuguese seaside port, is one of Portugal’s undiscovered gems. Located just 60 km south of Porto city, this small city of 55,000 residents is one of Portugal’s most attractive cities. Here on what is called the ‘silver coast’ or the...

The World’s Best: New Years Eve in Paradise on Madeira Island

On the beautiful island of Madeira which is located 600 km off the coast of Morocco, and a 90-minute flight from the Azores is where the biggest fireworks show takes place every year! No winter jackets are needed here! With an average temperature in the winter in the high...
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Surfing on Portugal’s Exotic Island of Madeira in the Atlantic

Surfing first started on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the 1970s in the ocean waters off the ocean towns and villages of Jardim do Mar, and Ponta Pequena. Almost every surf spot the amateur surfers found was rocky and rugged. No waves seemed to break under six feet in the...

Madeira: A Floating Garden in the Atlantic Ocean

The archipelago of Madeira is located 520 km (280 mi) from the African coast and 1,000 km (540 nautical miles) from the European continent. This is approximately a one-and-a-half-hour flight from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Here on this island paradise lives just over...

Portugal’s Age of Discovery: Madeira & Porto Santo

In the early 15th century, European merchants became accustomed to vast trade with various East regions. They wanted to improve their productivity and route time by finding a shorter path to the east by sea. Many European nations were becoming maritime powers and were starting to...

The Endless Gardens on Madeira Island

The gorgeous island of Madeira, which belongs to Portugal, was discovered in 1418 by the Portuguese Explorer Joao Goncalves Zarco. It was an uninhabited island 1000 km’s from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, and just 500 km’s off the coast of Morocco. It is...