Madeira island - Portugual
This island is like a floating garden in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. You have to be relatively fit to visit some of the gardens , however, as apart from the coastal strip most of the island is built on a 30 degree slope. The island is also good for walking as there are extensive relatively flat walks along the levadas (water channels) that criss cross the island. If you walk along these you sometimes need a good head for heights. It is best to get a good walking guide book if you are planning the walks yourself as this will inform you of any potential problems. Alternatively there are very good accompanied walking tours available when you get to the island.
The pictures were taken in the Municipal Gardens (above) and the Monte Palace Gardens (below) although there are other parks and gardens all over the island.
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