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Rugged, subtropical, Portuguese-governed archipelago, known as "the Garden of the Atlantic," composed of two main islands and seven uninhabited islets, located 600 miles west of Lisbon. With its 6,000-foot peaks and near-vertical oceanfront cliffs, Madeira seems to fairly burst out of the ocean. North Atlantic winter swells regularly push thick, powerful, well-shaped waves onto Madeira's points ...

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