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Things To Do On Holiday In Madeira

Apr 21, 2008
Madeira is one of the most popular family holiday destinations in Europe for families staying in self catering apartments and holiday villas. It's year round warm climate, beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters make it the ideal sun holiday destination.

The island of Madeira is one of the many islands among the coastlines of Europe that are politically and culturally integrated with the continental mainland. The Tourism industry in Madeira is booming and extremely active, it has a 20% contribution to the Gross Domestic Produce. Many visitors are highly amazed about the treasures that these islands hold. Whether you choose to stay in a self catering holiday home in one of the towns or a luxury villa with a swimming pool close to the sea front, nobody will ever get bored on a holiday to Madeira. There are some amazing locations to be visited while spending your family vacation on the island of Madeira.

In the midst, is the old town in the Largo Almirante Reis that is located just opposite the Monte Cable car station, the Madeira Story Station takes the visitors on a journey back into the past. The Story Station is an interactive place that displays the whole past of Madeira Island to visitors. It deals with all the historic events right form the birth of the island about 14 million years ago to Napoleon and Churchill. The Story centre is open daily excluding Christmas. The Story centre is open from 10am to 6pm. The tour can be completed in less than two hours. Near to here are many holiday homes which are available for rent direct from the holiday home owners.

Another amazing historic location that is not to be missed is the Porto Santo. The Porto Santo is the oldest settlement in Madeira. It was discovered back in 1418. The island is virtually barren and has a limited amount of vegetation. The island was discovered by Joao Gonclaves Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teistao. Famous explorer Christopher Columbus got married on this very island to Donna Filipa, the daughter of first donee of the island, Bartholomeu Perestrelo.

Being an attractive and popular location for tourism, you must not miss some of the amazing hotels on this island. The most desired hotel by the tourists is the Quinta das vistas Palace Gardens Hotel. It is one of the most expensive and the best five star hotels out of all of the hotels. It has some of the most beautiful views that the Island of Madeira has to offer. The Reid's Palace Hotel is again one of the most beautiful, comfortable and elegant hotel that is found in Madeira. The hotel is situated at a height and enjoys a splendid view the ocean.

Madeira is a great place to spend your vacation and has some of the best holiday homes in Europe. There are luxurious holiday villas, holiday cottages and self catering apartments all available to rent, you can then use these as a base to explore the sites of Madeira. Another major attraction of Madeira is the number of churches that it has built on it. The region boasts of 16 old churches. Another must see while staying in a holiday home in Madeira is the Se Cathedral, it is extremely popular with the locals, the church has a peculiar architecture. It is heavily influenced by South European Gothic and also Moorish and Manueline styles of building.
About the Author
Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It is one of the fastest growing on line holiday home rental websites.To see an example of why Direct Holiday Bookings is growing so rapidly have a look at Holiday Home Villas in Madeira
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