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.
The 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 Madeiraâ€™s natural environment and to discover the Laurissilva forest, recognized by UNESCO as an officially World Natural Heritage designation. Walkers will experience Ond Oramaâ€™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 â€˜Madeiraâ€™, published in 2007 by New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd (ISBN 978-1-84537-555-3).