Portugal, Madeira island, hike from Boca da Corrida to Encumeada, Caminho Real or Royal Path, old paved path used by landed gentry on horseback

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Geologically dramatic, bursting with exotic colour and warmed year-round by the Atlantic sun, Portugal’s most enchanting island is a place that keeps all its subtropical holiday promises. Pearl of the Atlantic, island of eternal spring…Madeira well deserves its fanciful nicknames and the affection visitors and locals alike feel for this tiny volcanic island that offers so much.


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