MADEIRA ISLAND - 2006

 Madeira Island, May of 2006

The approach of the airplane to the runway of Funchal airport (Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo), 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...