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Funchal, Portugal

Europe's garden island

Madeira is an island of Portugal that's bathed in sunshine year-round, and where you can see lush green landscapes and experience typical Portuguese culture on a weekend break. The gorgeous island capital of Funchal takes its name from the fennel that grows on the island, just one of the many plants you'll see on your visit here! Hop on the cheerful orange buses and visit the main sights around town. Another unique way to see the best of Madeira is on a cable car ride. Attractions include the Jardins do Palheiro park with its elegantly shaped plants around the different gardens. You can also enjoy a round of golf here, a much-loved sport in Madeira. Nearby Caniço de Baixo is a pretty seaside retreat where you can often catch outdoor performances of Portuguese folk music on weekend trips, including the haunting fado style. The rum-like aguadente liqueur produced in Madeira packs a punch, and is best enjoyed after a hearty meal of espetada, a delicious garlicky beef dish.

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