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The cascades and footpaths are an open door for researchers and amateurs. They are also the delight of open-air sports fans – such as trekking, climbing, canyoning and mountain biking, among others. Most of these activities can be planned in hotels or through specialized agencies, but there are marked and identified courses in most part of the routes. A means of communication in expansion on the island is the teleferic – in spite of it not being recommended to people suffering from vertigo. There are also cultural centres spread throughout the Island. The most important ones being currently located in Calheta, home of Casa das Mudas, and in Funchal, such as the Madeira Story Center, the Vicentes Museum of Photography, the Municipal Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Frederico de Freitas Museum.
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Downtown And Historical Area

Funchal, capital of Madeira, is located on a bay and started out by occupying a small extension of land by the sea, going up on the mountain slopes as it grew. A few walking minutes away, it is possible to stroll down the centre of the city, where you have access to all commerce and services, and can also visit the town’s main ex-libris. It can be divided into 3 historical nucleuses, which are also its first three parishes: São Pedro, Santa Maria Maior and Sé. It is also in the vicinities of the Historical Area that you can find the teleferic station, which links the town to the Monte.
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Monte

Monte is the highest parish over Funchal, known for its history and botanic heritage. After visiting, those with a healthy heart and lovers of adrenaline, can slide down in the traditional wicker toboggans, a means of transportation that was very usual in the older days.
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Garajau

Half way between Funchal and the Council of Santa Cruz, in Caniço de Baixo, you can find the first exclusively nautical reserve made in Portugal known as Garajau’s Natural Reserve.
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Câmara De Lobos

Just a mere 9 km away from Funchal is Câmara de Lobos, a town which was, until not too long ago, a fishermen’s town, known as such since the discovery of the island, thanks to the sea-wolves inhabiting the bay. Câmara de Lobos also became known due to Winston Churchill’s paintings.
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Ponta Do Sol

Located 18 km from Funchal, Ponta do Sol has one of the best preserved historical centres on Madeira. This historical centre grew with the development of the sugar industry. It is obligatory to visit the magnificent Cais da Ponta do Sol, and the Ponte do Caminho Real, in the west side.
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São Vicente

At the North of the Island, crossing the central ridge, stands São Vicente. The town has a Volcanology Centre at the São Vicente caves, where you can visit the impressing underground lava corridors and explore other geological wonders.
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Porto Moniz

If you follow the road west, Seixal offers one of the most beautiful landscapes of the north coast of the Island. It has some natural sea water pools, formed by rocks, where the visitor may take an invigorating dive. Seixal’s sea water reflects the green hues of the powerful slope standing above and covered with vegetation, interposed by waterfalls. Seixal also has one of the few black sand beaches on the Island.
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Machico

In July 1419, João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, who discovered the Islands, came ashore in the beach of Machico. This same beach is now covered with golden sand. To know the history of the municipality, the best thing to do is to visit the Museum Nucleus in Solar do Ribeirinho. If you are staying in Machico, it is worth going to Caniçal, a fishermen’s village which was the centre of whale hunting, testimonies of which can be found in the Whale Museum. The town is famous for its restaurants, which serve typical delicacies, such as limpets, periwinkles, wrasses or fresh “castanhetas” (small fried fish).
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