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Beaches

Porto Santo - Enjoy the 9km long beach with its soft golden sand and crystal clear waters. This is truly a sun-worshipers paradise.

Lido - The complex of large and small sea water pools is the most popular bathing area in Funchal. The pools of the complex have recieved the Blue Flag award for their great water quality.

Porto Moniz - Excellent bathing conditions in the natural pools surrounded by bizarre lava rock. There are also changing rooms, lockers, showers, snack bar and 5 life gaurds to watch over you.

Local history

In the middle of an Atlantic storm in 1419 two young sea captains, Joao Concalves Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teixeira, were blown off course on their journey round the African coast and made a very luck discovery. They landed on a small island they named Porto Santo. After reporting their discovery they were sent back to colonise the island which they named Madeira.

The first residents came from the Algarve region and today the statue of Zarco looks down on the people of Madeira.

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