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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...

The Exotic Island of Madeira

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 (approximately a one-and-a-half-hour flight from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon) with a population of just over 270,000 people. The island...

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...