Azores Express/SATA Offers New Alternative to Caribbean this Fall -- New Englanders Rediscover Sunny Madeira Island

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Now Madeira and its nearly perfect climate is an easy flight away. The islands steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own unique flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.

Azores Express/SATA is announcing new flights from Boston to the Madeira Island, a volcanic and storm-free Portuguese archipelago some 750 miles southwest of Lisbon. Warm, sunny and an easy trip, the islands of Madeira are ready to welcome back New Englanders after a century. In the 19th century Americans flocked to the “Pearl of the Atlantic” for it climate, sights, and hospitality.

This fall and winter, Azores Express/SATA has new service from Boston Logan Airport to Funchal (via the Azores) with more flights to choose from. Prices start at $899 per person, before taxes. Flights depart and return on Fridays, and adding a hotel is not much more.

On the service from Boston to Madeira passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way.

Madeira has a nearly perfect climate—warm and clear in winter with temperature in the 70s. Volcanic cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea define Madeira’s dramatic landscape. The islands steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own unique flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.

Visitors come for the natural beauty, and they stay to experience the ocean, golf, hiking, deep sea fishing, diving, and old world charm of the island and its mountains and seaside towns. Madeira remains a sophisticated pearl of European charm, where visitors can experience the sea, mountain hiking, or city culture.

George Washington was a great fan of Madeira wine. Both his inauguration and the signing of the Declaration of Independence were celebrated with Madeira wine. The legendary frigate Constitution was christened with Madeira wine. U.S. President Franklin Pierce, a New Hampshire native, spent several months exploring the island after leaving office in 1857.

Azores Express has connected New England with Portugal for more than 25 years. Today it offers flights on wide body A310 and A319 aircraft. The company is part of the SATA Group.

For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, http://www.sata.pt.

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