Located 575 mi/925 km southwest of Portugal's mainland, in the Atlantic, lies the Archipelago of Madeira. The Portuguese claimed these islands in 1420 and have maintained possession ever since. Columbus visited many times and married Filipa Moniz, daughter of the governor of Porto Santo (one of the two inhabited islands).
The largest island is Madeira, where you should plan to spend five nights. Handsome and immaculate, Madeira has many historical sites but only a few fairly small beaches. Th... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2014 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.