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Location, Climate:
Madeira is a beautiful archipelago in Portugal that consists of several islands. It is situated along the Atlantic Ocean and features a Mediterranean climate. There are also micro-climates existing in Madeira having wet weather in the mountain area and arid climate in the Selvagens islands. It is best to book a discount hotel between May and June to enjoy plenty of sunshine and less rainfall. Find the best selection of discount hotels online.

Brief History:
The Portuguese sailors led by Henry the Navigator discovered Madeira during his quest in 1419 and decided to settle in the area a year after. This archipelago was the first territory founded during the Portuguese Age of Discovery. The strategic location of Madeira attracted the traders from Flanders and Genoa who wanted to bypass the monopolies of Venice.

Events, Landmarks, Activities:
Have the best gastronomic experience by attending the Madeira Gourmet Festival which is held every month of November. This annual food festival showcases the culinary masterpieces of international and local chefs and also features local products such as the Madeira wine. Learn more about this archipelago by visiting the Madeira Story Centre. Other places worth exploring include the Cabo Girao, Sao Vicente Caves, Levadas, Jardim do Monte Palace, Jardim Botanico and Jardim Orquidea.

Transportation:
The main mode of transportation in Madeira are the public buses that is operated by six companies. Purchase a 7-day ticket to save up on bus rides. Hiring a taxi is more convenient, but most tourists prefer renting a car so they can freely get around the area.

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