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Desert Island

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Lying to the south of the island of Madeira in Portugal is a small group of islands called the Desertas Islands. This archipelago consists of three islands: Chao Islet, Deserta Grande, and Bugio, covering a total of just 8.82 square miles. These islands are a natural reserve of the country of Portugal, so a license is required in order for an aircraft to land there.

The Desertas Islands are rocky and mountainous, reaching heights near 1500 feet. Because these islands have no soil, few species live there, except for birds, goats, rabbits, rodents, tarantula, monk seals, and reptiles.

With a population of about 20, Deserta Grande is the only inhabitable island that has its own water source. Agriculture has failed there, however, as the water is scarce.

Because the islands themselves are uninhabitable, Madeira is the most logical place for tourists interested in seeing the Desertas Islands to stay. Rates average as low as $40 USD per night, at the Cabanas de Sao Jorge Village, a basic, simple, quiet resort with few rooms; to a high of $180 USD per night, at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico, providing more luxurious resort-style accommodations.





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Algarve Shopping Center
Aquashow Fun Family Park
Arch to old town of Faro
Beach of Santa Eulalia
Bullring Albufeira
Carmo Church & Bones Chapel
Desert Island
Estadio Algarve
Falesia Beach
Faro Airport
Faro Beach
Faro Downtown
Faro Marina
Faro Train Station
Fisherman's Beach Albufeira
Forum Algarve Shopping Center
Karting Almancil
Main Church of Albufeira
Marina de Albufeira
Marina de Vilamoura
Modelo Shopping Center
Modelo Supermarket in Faro
Praia da Oura
Roman Ruins Cerro da Vila
Se Catedral de Faro
Train Station Loule