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'...original and insightful essays' -- Daily Telegraph
'An entertaining read -- Holiday Which Magazine
Overall the top marks go to Cadogan -- BBC Radio 4
The most literary and fluently written of the available guidebooks -- The Observer
About the Author
Rodney Bolt has written the Cadogan guides to Amsterdam, Germany and Bavaria. He fell in love with Madeira several years ago and has been a frequent visitor since then. Gets to the heart of the island's unique mix of Portugese and British culture - visits Porto Santo, Madeira's own unspoiled desert island - Gets lost in the cobbled Old Town of Funchal, exploring markets, wine lodges and verdant gardens - goes on a shopping trip for locally made embroidery, wickerwork and Madeira wine - takes day trips to the volcanic ravine of Curral das Freiras, and Camara de Lobos, the fishing village where Churchill went to paint 'Most of Madeira is made up of soft, reddish-brown tufa, with occasional pillars of dark basalt. Tufa, as one traveller pointed out, can be cut as smoothly and precisely as cheese. You'll see roads sliced out of vertical cliffs, mountains carved into tiny terraces, and goat-sheds scooped out of the hillsides'