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Lost and Found in Madeira

For many, Madeira is becoming built up and crowded, and yet, in a small pocket within the island lies the town of Achada da Madeira.

Located in the parish of Boaventura, there is only one farm, four houses inhabited by a dozen people, and one eight-year-old child, Gabriel. The other houses are all empty. With six bus services a day (three in the morning and three later on in the afternoon), and despite the apparent isolation, many of those living there think it is the best place on earth.

Samantha Gannon

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