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Madeira Portugal

Madeira (port. Madeira = wood) is a Portuguese island about 1,000 km southwest of Lisbon and 600 km west of the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the archipelago of the autonomous province of Madeira, with the smaller island of Porto Santo and two uninhabited island groups, Ilhas Desertas and Ilhas Selvages.

Madeira is of volcanic origin. However, the last volcanic activity has been very long ago. At Sao Vicente, next to a cave formed by lava flows, is a remarkable information center, which informs in multimedial form about the volcanic origin of Madeira.

Unique to Madeira are the levadas. These are irrigation canals, which pass through the whole island. All Levadas are accompanied by economic routes. The great advantage of the levadas is that you do not have to climb steeply if you follow them. However, the condition of these paths and their protection varies enormously. You should therefore inform yourself about the nature of the paths, if you plan a hike.

On almost every restaurant card you will find beef spits - 'Espetada'. If the spit is prepared in the traditional way, the beef pieces are impaled on a laurel branch, or are usually impaled on a steel.

Typical for Madeira is the "Bolo do Caco". This is a very filling pastry which can be purchased with garlic butter or chorizo. Prego is the local variant of the hamburger: A juicy, thin garlic-stewed piece of beef in a roll; As prego (grilled - 'grelhado') na Bolo do Caco are both specialties combined to one.
'Bolo de mel' is a honey cake that reminds of the gingerbread.
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