Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Laurisilva of Madeira, Portugal

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1368

This site is located on Madeira Island, a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 800 km west of the central coast of Morocco, Africa. It has a core protection area of 150 km2. It is an outstanding representative of the remaining laurel forests that were once widely distributed on the island, and 90% of the park is considered a primitive forest landscape. It is also a habitat for unique animals and plants that nurtures numerous endemic species, such as the Madeira long-toed pigeon and 66 types of vascular plants.

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