Carnival – Carnaval – Mardi Gras

Madeira Carnival, Madeira Mardi Gras or Madeira Carnaval 2012 is the next main event here on the island. Many people believe that this is Europe’s best Carnival event.

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You have not seen the Carnival of Madeira yet? … then I suggest you come over and experience the unique atmosphere that resembles the Brazilian Carnival … only more closer to your home.

There are two main parades, namely the Allegoric Parade and ‘Cortejo Trapalhão‘ (Fun Parade).

The Grand Carnival Float Pageant or Allegoric Parade takes place on this weekend. A total of 1,500 participants … members of numerous Samba groups which will compete against each in a friendly battle for the best performance and show on the streets of Funchal.

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Colours, music, dancing, laughter, singing, erotic and mind-dazzling costumes are a few of the ‘weapons’ they will be using to achieve their goal … which is getting the bystanders and tourists also to dance.

On (Shrove) Tuesday is the second parade called ‘o Trapalhão‘ … the Fun Parade. A parade that everybody can take part in and it creates an atmosphere of effusive revelry. Surprising examples of creativity and imagination are finally displaying themselves after a year of waiting for this moment … and there is no shortage of daring caricatures, exciting costumes, and crazy creations. You will be amazed to discover an unknown side of the Madeira locals and wonder ‘are these the same people I run into each day here on Madeira?‘ …. however you wonder with a big smile.

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Both parades will take place in the center of Funchal. For the exact route information consult the local newspapers, Madeira Tourism Board channels, hotel reception or your travel hostess.

Click on the images for larger version. Carnival images are courtesy of MadeiraArchipelago.com

Finding flights to Madeira

This article will help you to find a suitable from and to Madeira Islands.
The best way is first to determine which airlines will be flying to Madeira on a certain period. Then you can search for that airline site and get the best flight and price for you to travel to Madeira.

To find all scheduled flights that start from Madeira (FNC) Airport for all destinations, click on the following link:

ANA Portugal Airports
…. and select in the Origin list Madeira (FNC). Then select the Destination, Departure and Return calendar.

You can also download (and print) the complete scheduled timetable of all flights from/to Madeira in PDF format. Just click on the following link:

Aeroporto da Madeira Scheduled Timetable

Next a list of sites of the most airlines that are flying to Madeira:

AIR-BERLIN
AIR LINGUS
AUSTRIA AIRLINES / FLY NIKI
CONDOR
BINTER CANARIAS
BA BRITISH AIRWAYS
EASYJET
FINNAIR
FIRST CHOICE
FLYGLOBESPAN
HELLO AIRLINES
JETAIRFLY
PALMAIR
LAUDA AIR
LTU
LUXAIR
SAS
SATA
STERLING
TAP
THOMAS COOK
THOMSON / THOMSONFLY
TRANSAVIA
TUIfly / HAPAGfly

Did we miss any? Let us know … and we will update our list.

The Best Pictures of Madeira

CameraMore than 192.000 pictures of Madeira have been published on Flickr.com … and that number is increasing each day. All photos taken by visitors of Madeira Islands …. captured images during the excursions, bus tours, guided walks etc. to the various locations on the island.

From these images I have selected the best photos. These are at the moment over 700 pictures that I like the most. Beautiful images …. unforgettable picture moments …. amazing intercepted views …. and all taken by over hundred visitors of Madeira Island. It is amazing what people see and come across during their trips and excursions …. and it amazes me how much there is still to see here on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. You can not see it all in just one or two weeks.

So sit back and enjoy the show … see what that others have seen and captured on their digital cameras. And maybe you will decide to visit Madeira (again) …. after your visit you will publish your photographs and they will also appear here ….
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Madeira Islands Walking Festival

The Madeira Tourism Board together with the British journalist and photographer, Terry Marsh, organizes the Madeira Islands Walking Festival which the 1st edition will take place on 15th till 19th of January this year. This initiative will be an annual event that aims to draw more walking enthusiasts to the island.

Madeira Islands Walking FestivalThe festival consists of 20 pre-designated walks, recommended by the Regional Government of Madeira Islands. The participants can choose 4 strolls per day, of different levels of difficulty and duration.

The festival gives the participants the chance to visit and get acquainted with Madeira’s natural environment and to discover the Laurissilva forest, recognized by UNESCO as an officially World Natural Heritage designation. Walkers will experience Ond Orama’s poetic words at first hand:

Middle of the mighty Atlantic lays floating garden where majestic mountains, blue sky and never-ending ocean daily meets daily. These children of Mother Nature flirts with the beautiful lady Laurisilva, who is continues under the heritage watch of the world and therefore not easy to win her heart. A romance that changes frequently …. a daily struggle that visitors contemplate at first sight when they put their first step on the island soil. Steps that take us to the Levadas, the veins of the archipelago, that dances across the mountains, cliffs and forests.

For more information of this initiative visit the official site at www.madeiraislandswalkingfestival.com

Festival Director, Terry Marsh is author of the Globetrotter Island Guide to ‘Madeira’, published in 2007 by New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd (ISBN 978-1-84537-555-3).