The island of Madeira is the main island of the archipelago of Madeira, located in the Atlantic Ocean at a distance of about 973 km from Lisbon. In this group of islands we can also find the Porto Santo Island, the Desertas islands and the Selvagens islands. It is an island of volcanic origin; it has a subtropical climate, rich in exotic and endemic flora. The Laurissilva of the island of Madeira received UNESCO's World Heritage Site status in 1999.
Currently the island of Madeira has around 260,000 inhabitants; the majority of people live in the main town of the island, Funchal. The island offers great views of stunning mountainous landscapes and is a great place to walk through the famous water channels known as the Levadas. It is famous for its excellent cuisine and remarkable history since its discovery in 1419.