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Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the mid Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the Autonomous regions of Portugal, with Madeira Island and Porto Santo Island being the only inhabited islands. Madeira is an archipelago with volcanic origins from a Hot Spot, so is not geographically part of a specific continent, but Madeira belongs and has belonged ethnically, culturally, economically and politically to Europe for 600 years despite being geographically closer to Africa. Madeira is part of Portugal, and as such a part of the European Union, as an Outermost Region.

Madeira was rediscovered by Portuguese sailors some time between 1418 and 1420. The archipelago is considered to be the first discovery of the exploratory period initiated by Henry the Navigator of Portugal. It is a popular year-round resort, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, and embroidery artisans, as well as its New Year's Eve celebrations that feature a spectacular fireworks show, which is the largest in the world according to the Guinness World Records. Its harbour – Funchal – is important due to its commercial and passenger traffic and for being a major stopover for cruisers en route from Europe to the Caribbean.

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CAMARA DE LOBOS FEATURED HOTELS, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL
Câmara do Lobos is a city, a parish and a municipality in the west-central southside part of Madeira. 

Câmara de Lobos is named after the area where sea wolves (lobos-marinhos) are found. They are the monk seals, two of which are also seen in its coat of arms. Nowadays, there are fewer monk seals than in the 1980s. Câmara de Lobos is the second largest city by population in Madeira, after Funchal, the capital of the Autonomous Region. It is located west of Funchal and east of Ribeira Brava. Câmara de Lobos is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the south, and by mountains on the north. 

The high rises and condominiums lie nearly 800 m northwest lining up in a row. Câmara de Lobos shares the Funchal urban conurbation (it is connected with the urban sprawl with Funchal). Most of the housing developments were done in the mid to late 20th century in the north. Prior to the housing efforts, farmlands used to cover the northern portion of Câmara de Lobos.

The main sources of industry are agriculture and fishing, while a small number of businesses are located in the downtown area. The area is separated by Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. The area produces Madeira Wine in its local vineyards. In the western part lies Cabo Girão, one of the highest cliffs in Europe (elevation: 580 m). The small point is south of the small port. The downtown core is in the central part and residential areas lie to the west and the northern part with more buildings over the mountain.

It was the first place where the discoverer of Madeira João Gonçalves Zarco landed, and from where he took his new last name.

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Charming Hotels - Quinta do Estreito, Câmara de Lobos
The Charming Hotels - Quinta do Estreito is located in Camara de Lobos, Madeira, Portugal. It is a 10 minute drive from the city of Funchal, and Funchal Madeira Airport is 25 kilometres away.  Overlooking vineyards, this picturesque hotel is set in landscaped gardens and features an outdoor pool. There is also a games room and a library on site. Guests can relax with a drink in the Vintage Bar. Fine dining can be had at the Bacchus Gourmet Restaurant, which serves innovative dishes using local produce. Complimentary breakfast is offered daily.  Charming Hotels - Quinta do Estreito's 48 guestrooms include cable television, air conditioning, bathrobes, and safes. 
Hotel Quinta Jardim Da Serra, Câmara de Lobos
Boasting inimitable atmosphere and luxurious accommodation, the Quinta Jardim da Serra Camara de Lobos is an excellent place for a marvellous holiday. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this property is situated at Madeira and is easily accessible from shopping centres as well as restaurants, while the Funchal City is 15 minutes drive and the Madeira International Airport is 30 minutes away. This hotel offers 42 spacious accommodation units that are elegantly designed with all the indispensable amenities. Each unit has a veranda that offers beautiful views of the garden and the magnificent valley. You can savour gastronomic delicacies at the Greenvalley Restaurant as well as enjoy cocktails and coffee specialities at the Henry's Bar. You can also relish fruit juice and light snacks at the Miamo Bar.  After a tiring day, you can make use of the health centre that offers massage services, gymnasium, swimming pool, jacuzzi and Turkish bath or stroll through the lush green garden.
CANICO FEATURED HOTELS, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL
Caniço is a parish in the municipality of Santa Cruz in the Madeira Islands. It was elevated to city status in 2005. Caniço is connected with the urban sprawl of Funchal and like Calheta, Caniço is larger than the seat of the municipality. The city of Funchal is bordered to its west. It is located 6 km E of Funchal. Caniço is surrounded with two streams, a shorter one in the west and a long stream to the east. The main industry are agriculture with some businesses. It is connected with a road linking Funchal, Santa Cruz and Machico and are divided into two, another road links north to Camacha with two roads and another links to its beach.. The Atlantic Ocean is to the south. The mountains are to the north. Forests dominate the northern portion while the rest of the land are made up of arable lands and a small portion are grasslands or barren lands. The escarpment which is 5 km long lies to the southwest and shares with the parish of Funchal. The point is the second southernmost point in the island.
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Galo Resort Hotel Alpino Atlantico, Caniço
The comfortable accommodations at the Galo Resort Alpino Atlantico Hotel Madeira will surely allow you to prepare yourself for an exquisite vacation filled with endless days of absolute relaxation. Prestigiously located directly by the sea front on the edge of a small cliff, the Galo Resort Alpino Atlantico Hotel Madeira is an ideal starting point to discover the beautiful city and its lovely surroundings. Decorated according to an individual theme, all the accommodation units in this hotel are with an infusion of modern appliances and high standard service to provide you the utmost comfort. To fulfil your gastronomic wishes, this property comprises excellent restaurant as well as bar that serve a great selection of fabulous meals.  The hotel has a the state-of-the-art gymnasium as well as a swimming pool.
Hotel Tropical, Caniço
Hotel Tropical is located on the island of Madeira in the resort of Canico de Baixo, Portugal within 20 metres of the sea, two kilometres from Canico town centre and 12 kilometres from Funchal. Distance to Madeira International Airport is 10 kilometres. Situated at the top of a cliff, Hotel Tropical is a Mediterranean-style complex. The property has direct access to the sea via steps leading to a bathing area, solarium and Beach Bar. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool with poolside bar, a children's pool, massage treatments, currency exchange and laundry services. The hotel offers a half-board or complimentary breakfast rate. The Tropical Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving Portuguese and International dishes in an informal atmosphere. The Beach Bar and Pool Bar offer drinks and light snacks with outdoor seating. Bicycles and scooters can be hired on site. Recreational activities offered nearby include golf, tennis, horse riding, scuba diving and sailing. 
FUNCHAL FEATURED HOTELS, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL
Funchal is the chief city of Madeira Island and the capital and largest city of the Madeira Autonomous Region, Portugal. With its neighbouring boroughs (municipalities) of Câmara de Lobos, Santa Cruz, Machico and Ribeira Brava the town has over 150,000 inhabitants. It is the most populous Portuguese city outside mainland Portugal. The Funchal conurbation includes the cities of Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Caniço and Santa Cruz, all on the south side of Madeira.

Funchal lies in a natural "amphitheatre", with gentle slopes beginning at the harbour and rising almost 1200 metres. This provides a natural shelter that attracted the first settlers. Funchal is a cosmopolitan and panoramic city, with parks, shops and hotels. Funchal has been Madeira's capital for more than five centuries, and is said to have been named because of the abundance of fennel (funcho - in Portuguese) growing there.

The Funchal Municipality includes the Savage Islands (Ilhas Selvagens), a nature reserve 160 km (100 mi) south of Funchal. A highway provides access to Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava to the west, and Santa Cruz and Machico to the east.
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Dorisol Estrelicia Hotel, Funchal
The Dorisol Estrelicia is a resort hotel with a pink and white façade, situated 300 metres from the beach and overlooking Funchal bay on the island of Madeira. The Mamma Mia Restaurant serves Italian specialities in a bright, informal setting. The hotel features an outdoor pool, complete with terraces with sun loungers and a poolside bar serving drinks and snacks, and an indoor heated pool. Those seeking a workout can visit state-of- the-art gymnasium, and then wind down in the sauna and jetted tub. Every night, guests can enjoy dance, live music and comedy, either in the piano bar or next to the pool. The hotel offers facilities for darts, billiards, tennis, football, aerobics, mini-bowls, shuffleboard, petanque, mini-golf, bingo and Portuguese lessons. Younger guests can visit the kids' pool or play table tennis in the games room.  A promenade and lido swimming complex are both 500 metres from the hotel, and the Madeira Wine Company is two kilometres away.
Hotel Monte Carlo, Funchal
The turn-of-the-century Hotel Monte Carlo is set in the historical district of Funchal, with sea and mountain views, 200 metres from the city centre. The 45 simply decorated guestrooms have patterned fabrics and modern furnishings. Room amenities include blackout drapes, housekeeping services, telephones, and private bathrooms with handheld showers. The bar offers a selection of snacks and drinks in a colourful setting with a relaxed informal atmosphere, open till 11 PM. Guests can cool off with a dip in the pool and sip refreshing cocktails at the swim-up bar. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can give tour assistance. Other amenities include nearby parking, room service, and laundry facilities. Just 100 metres away guests can visit the Cruzes Museum, Santa Clara Church, and the Joao Carlos Museum. 200 metres away guests can stroll in the Municipal Gardens and explore the centre of Funchal.
Quinta Da Bela Vista - Madeira, Funchal
Built in 1844, the Quinta Da Bela Vista is an impeccably maintained manor house hotel set in lush gardens with sweeping views of Funchal Bay. The swimming pool, surrounded by sun loungers, is set in the 20,000-square-metre gardens featuring exotic plants, cobbled paths and attractive water features. Guests can relax in the sauna and hot tub, practise their serve on the tennis court, and explore the Atlantic by chartering the hotel's very own yacht. Snacks, drinks and cocktails are served at the poolside bar with spectacular views over the Bay of Funchal. Guests can choose between the à la carte menu and the four-course set menu in the warm setting of Restaurant Avista Navios, with its wooden furnishings, fireplace, marble floors and garden views. Alternatively the Bela Vista Restaurant is set in the old manor house dating back to 1844, and offers an international menu with a Madeiran twist.
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