Madeira Flower Festival – Festa da Flor 2012

With the arrival of spring, the city of Funchal turns into a inebriating floral stage filled with enchantment.

The magic of this event starts on Saturday morning, with the Children’s Parade, on which, hundreds of children dressed for the occasion event to the Municipio Square where a beautiful flower mural is built, that is symbolically named “The Wall of Hope” (Muro da Esperança).

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Pico Ruivo (video)

Pico Ruivo, Madeira Island, by Joel Sérgio Pereira

Pico Ruivo – Madeira Island from Joel Sérgio Pereira on Vimeo.

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Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. It can be reached only by foot, usually either from Pico do Arieiro (3rd highest) after a strenuous hike, or from Achada do Teixeira with a shorter, easier trail. There is an additional trail leading west to Encumeada. Just below the summit is a hut offering simple accommodation and drinks.

Pico Ruivo is 1862 meters (6107 ft) high [1] and provides some of the most incredible views of the island from coast to coast, but unpredictable weather conditions can make it quite dangerous

Here is a snapshot of the video:
Pico Ruivo - Madeira Island