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Portugal attraction sites: Madeira Island

Madeira is indeed one of the most interesting places to visit while in Portugal. Madeira is actually an island located right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the island’s land is considered protected area since the archipelago constitutes one of the key tourist attraction sites in Portugal. The overall beauty and importance of Madeira Island can be underscored by the fact that this island is home to one of the largest forest sin the world and this is the Laurisilva forest. The forest is one of the most important ecological features in Portugal since it provides a vital water catchment area.

The island is indeed considered one of the most scenic places in Portugal and the world as well. The uniqueness of this island is especially attributed to its natural beauty that captures the eyes of anyone visiting the place. Madeira boasts of having some of the most exotic looking flowers with an array of colors that will leave a lasting image in one’s brain. The vegetation in this island is also unique and alive adorned with deep emerald green color.

One of the most important aspects of Madeira Island is its attractive temperature and micro-climatic conditions. The island features spring time temperature that is experienced all year round. This favorable temperature conditions is a great attraction for tourists who throng the island from various destinations across the world to escape the extreme winter or summer time temperatures in their homes. The favorable temperature conditions are also ideal for various sporting and recreational activities that constitute part of Madeira Island’s traditions. There are several boat ride operators who are always available at your convenience to help you navigate around the island and experience firsthand what Madeira has to offer. Such boat rides are also a convenient way of visiting some of the interesting places that are in close proximity to the island such as the city of Funchal.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Enjoy a Panoramic View of Lisbon from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Travelers in Lisbon, Portugal are curious about the magnificent monument along the River Tagus banks. The Padrão dos Descobrimentos stands tall and overlooking the cityscape of Lisbon, particularly Belém. This imposing monument that resembles a ship’s prow with carved figures of men was built to give honor to the explorers and adventurers who had contributed to Portugal’s achievement as a former superpower during the Age of Discovery. It was erected in the 1960’s as a reincarnation of its temporary wooden structure built in 1940 during the occasion of the world fair.

Today, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos is frequently visited by tourists to complete their tour in Lisbon, where they can take some photos and see the breathtaking view of the city. In going up, visitors should ride an elevator and then walk about 42 steps to get to the top. Visitors have to take a flight of stairs when going down. At the top of the viewing platform, they can see the beautiful shoreline, the district of Belém, the estuary of Tejo, the Belém tower, the Cristo Rei, and the Atlantic Ocean. Inside the 52 meter tall monument, they will find the museum that showcased the history of Portugal, its culture and arts.

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos is open to the public in various schedules. Both museum and viewing platform can be visited from 10:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening, Tuesdays to Sundays during the summer season, while during low season, it closes at 6:00 in the evening. Admission ticket varies for adults, which can be bought at €3.00, children at €2.00 and €8.00 for each family. Usually the tour will last from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. For first time visitors, they can take a tram with service number 15 from the Praça do Comércio, which is close to the Tagus River. They can also opt to take a bus from the Square of Commerce with service numbers from 43, 49, and 27 to 29.

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