Pull up your maps app and pick a spot in the middle of the Atlantic ocean – not as far west as Bermuda but south of the Azores. It will take some zooming in to locate this tiny, volcanic island, but once you find it, you’ll never want to leave.
I had never been somewhere as remote as Madeira. Although it’s one of two autonomous regions of Portugal, the island has its own rich culture and a completely unique landscape of dramatic cliffs and botanical gardens.
But it wasn’t a smooth introduction to this island paradise.
Touching down at the main airport in Funchal, one of the shortest runways in the world,
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