MADEIRA ISLAND - 2006
The approach of the airplane to the runway of Funchal airport, is a very exciting aeronautical experience, especially if the gusts of wind are strong...
There were few days we stayed on the island. Four quick days that passed in the blink of an eyes. I took advantage of those few days to explore a part of Madeira, since few days would not give to visit everything with calm. We rented a car and made choices. The eastern extremity (Ponta de São Lourenço), which is in the form of an elongated cable and relatively low elevation, extends to the two nearby islets. The place has beautiful coves for diving and bathing, calm turquoise blue waters, which contrast in perfect with the dark color of the volcanic earth of the cliffs. Worth going there... if possible dive.
Another of our options was to go to the coastline of the north coast, starting from the south and crossing the whole island from one side to another. A good part of the trip, by famous tunnels. The landscape is characterized by spectacular green cliffs, full of flowers and shrubs, that leap over the deep blue sea. It's worth stopping to eat there, a black swordfish with fried banana...
I really liked the northern part of the island, very cut by steep and sharp cliffs. The green of the vegetation is of a dazzling magnificence, with some endemic vegetal species of the island. The drive along the old road, next to the cliffs, is divine in a silhouette of vertiginous turns and twists turns, full of stunning landscapes, a pleasure that must be taken into account in careful driving. Worth it.
I did not go to the center of Funchal, or the famous Levadas, or the sister island of Porto Santo. So much pitty for me...
Beautiful and magnificent the island of Madeira, leaves us trapped by the charm of the landscape, the blue of the sea. Worth the emotion of landing. For me, feel like to go back there...
Rent a car and go to the discovery of remote places, less tourist of the island. It is well worth exploring the North area, whenever possible by the old road, which is almost always near the cliff.
If you like a beautiful diving in crystal clear waters, it's worth going there prepared. The water is slightly warmer than on the continent and full of colorful fish.
Enjoy the local gastronomy, in particular fresh fish, sweets and Madeira wine.
Texts and images of; J.P Oliveira
ISLAND OF MADEIRA - May 2006
GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF MADEIRA
"Madeira, officially the Autonomous Region of Portugal (Região Autónoma da Madeira) is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal (along with the Azores). It is an archipelago situated in the north Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal. Its total population was estimated in 2011 at 267,785. The capital of Madeira is Funchal, which is located on the main island's south coast..."