Madeira is ... World Heritage

The spectacular landscape boasts one of the biggest tourist attractions of Madeira. Its lush vegetation hides the fascinating indigenous laurel forest, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 as Natural Heritage of Humanity.

This forest dates back to the Tertiary Period and during the last glaciations it was reduced to the Macaronesia geographic area, comprising the Madeira, Azores, Canary and Cape Verde islands.

With the highest status of Integral Reserve, the Laurel Forest is considered a living relic and almost all of its area is included in the Natural Park of Madeira, which occupies two thirds of the island’s surface.
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