A reason to travel to Madeira in November: a new direct flight from the US
Dubbed the “pearl of the Atlantic”, Madeira — an island located about 670 miles (1078 km) off the Portuguese coast — has plunging green valleys and tranquil ocean bays that help it live up to the name.
Sun-chasing Europeans flock there year-round thanks to the subtropical climate — 70°F (21°C) on average, all year — but this beautiful island may soon be seeing more new visitors. Starting on November 3, travelers from the US will be closer to experiencing island life on the Portuguese archipelago as SATA Azores Airlines launches a 7-hour direct daily flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to the main city of Funchal.
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Walk along the levadas in Madeira © Pack-Shot / Shutterstock
Forget everything you think you know (or might have heard) about Portugal – Madeira is a world apart. It beckons outdoor enthusiasts – hiking alongside the levadas (small irrigation canals) is a unique experience – and experienced athletes.
There’s also plenty to keep visitors busy in November. The trail-running competition ADN Race will take over Ponta do Sol on the southwest coast. Cultural travelers also have many events and festivals to choose from all year long, with the Madeira Fashion kicking off in late November.
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