Situated around 900 km (560 miles) to the South-West from the European mainland, Madeira rises from the Atlantic as part of a mountain range. Also known as “the flower island”, she lies between the Azores and the Canaries, and has an area of approx. 30 x 60 km (18.6 x 37.3 miles). The uninhabited Desertas Islands, are a protected area for monk seals among others, and Porto Santo is another inhabited island in the Madeira region. The latter, Madeira’s smaller neighbor has a sandy beach stretching 9 kilometers (5.6 miles).
Madeira came into being millions of years ago as a result of a geological hotspot, and was officially discovered in the year 1419 AD. The tallest mountain of Madeira is the Pico Ruivo at 1,861 m (1156.371 miles). Fans of mountaineering are welcome in Madeira, but many also go hiking along the water canals, known locally as levadas. So what is keeping you at home?
Fauna & Flora
Madeira is famous
as the floating garden in the Atlantic,
but its importance
in relation to the underwater world
has begun since the
of the 21st century.
Which plants and animals can be found
in the waters of Madeira and
why is biodiversity, especially underwater,
so great in Madeira?
Find out more on the link below.
Besides the Azores,
the Canary Islands and Cape Verde,
the archipelago of Madeira
also belongs to the
Macaronesian “Fortune Isles“.
All of these islands share
a volcanic origin.
How was the origin of Madeira
as one of the Fortunate Isles?
Find out the answer below.
Some local Trips
Calheta is a village in the
South-West of Madeira.
Besides the central village of Calheta itself,
the municipality also contains
Arco da Calheta, Estreito da Calheta,
Jardim do Mar, Paúl do Mar, Prazeres,
Fajã da Ovelha and Ponta do Pargo.
There is a wide variety of attraction in the
municipality whether your are interested in
nature, sport or culture.
What Calheta region has to offer!
Get to know all of our tips in the link below.