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Beach Trips

Portugal's insider take:

Madeira has over 90 miles of coastline, but it doesn't have a beach. A day of lazing around on the sands involves a two and a half hour catamaran trip (schedules available at or a 20-minute flight (schedules available at to the neighboring island of Porto Santo. Either option is worth it, thanks to one of Europe's best beaches—five miles of almost untouched sand —and a house where Columbus once lived.

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