Madeira Paragliding

Lot of people will say that Madeira it’s mainly for older people. When I walk through the streets of Funchal or the park Santa Catherina I do see a lot of elderly tourists rambling around. So I understand why people say that Madeira is for seniors …… BUT … the thing is that those who believe this … they do not look up into the skies!! When you are on Madeira … keep an eye on the skies also (not when you are driving, please!) and then you will see what the juniors are all up to! Some of these youngsters are even dancing …. Continue reading “Madeira Paragliding”

Future is full of possibilities

By Márcia and Mauro

When I hear people say “Mankind is over“… I feel the urge to tell them: “Come to Madeira!“.

Hasta el borde no paramos

Each one of our natural resources, water, land and weather give us hope and we could say “Future is full of possibilities“. This photo was taken in Quinta Grande, in the west coast of Madeira where the land is cultivated as far as the sea comes in the way or the land falls beneath men’s feet. The need for space in an island is well known, and in an island like Madeira, with its volcanic origin, its steep and rough terrains, that need is even stronger. The use of the island water resources is a pleasant thing to discover. The “levadas” (man made water courses) are a wise expression of human inventiveness to preserve its more valuable asset – water.

You may say that it is not different from the ancient INCA, AZTEC, ROMAN or EGYPCIAN Civilizations, to which we can reply: “Yes, you’re right“. But so many centuries have passed with no substance for us to take some knowledge from them?

What we can see, in one way or another is that in Madeira we have learned how to organize a society in connection with nature, respecting each individual and its place in it. The green landscape of the island gives us a strong sense of hope that we will have MADEIRA for many years to come. It´s a precious legacy that needs to be preserved.

We hope you enjoy our friendly people, our natural paradise, and the visual beauty the island has to offer.

WELCOME TO MADEIRA! (Márcia and Mauro)

Natures Flower Festival

Preparations are taking place in Funchal (Madeira) for the Flower Festival, that will take place from 5 to 6 April. The goal will be to exceed the success of the street parade …. exhibiting and perfuming the air of Funchal with a multiplicity of floral species of the island. Gathering thousands of children on the Praça do Município where they will build the “Wall of Hope” with flowers. And much more.

But the island itself already has started early this year with its own preparations. Nature has its own agenda and (luckly) does not wait for human beings. Flowers are having their debut in the Laurisilva and other regions.

A new blog called Madeira Walking has captured a few of these flora-princesses and put them on a slideshow. Pictures taken by (levada)walkers when hiking through the veins of the island. So for those who cannot wait for the festival or could not book a trip to Madeira on time …. just enjoy the from following images. Continue reading “Natures Flower Festival”