The archipelago of Madeira has been elected several years in a row as the best destination island in Europe and the world.
It bears the names of "the island of flowers" as well as "the black pearl of the Atlantic".
"The island of flowers": it is adorned in all seasons with multiple flowers, especially in spring: agapanthus, hydrangeas, birds of paradise, broom, tulip trees of Gabon, bougainvillea, hibiscus, ....
"The black pearl of the Atlantic": it is a privileged place in a warm current of the Atlantic Ocean. Black because it is a volcanic resurgence. It keeps an impressive mountain range, a diversity of fabulous landscapes, beaches of sand or black pebbles.
The surrounding water is crystalline, ranging from ultramarine blue to turquoise.
Its geographical location makes it a subtropical island with pleasant air and water temperatures all year long, enjoying an eternal spring.
The Portuguese island allows to discover a warm welcome from the inhabitants, its traditions and its festive spirit, an excellent gastronomy, its regional products, sports and leisure activities on land, in the air or in the ocean.
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Levadas are irrigation canals bringing water collected in the mountains from waterfalls to the agricultural lands of the valleys and the coast.
A pedestrian path runs all the way enabling to hike and to make canyoning.
The island has nearly 3000 kms of levadas, with differents degrees of difficulty.
You will discover breathtaking landscapes, you will cross the laurel forest classified as World Heritage, you will reach the natural pools with waterfalls, you will see the endemic birds, you will be lulled by the sounds of nature.
-Levada do Caldeirao verde
-Levada das 25 Fontes e Risco
-Levada Ribeiro Frio/Portela
-Levada Nova and levada Moinho
Ponta de São Lourenço
A breathtaking hike to the east end of the island
Pico Arieiro and Pico Ruivo
The highest points of the island at on altitude of 1885m (5655 ft).
There, you touch the sky and a sea of clouds is at your feet.
For the bravest, hike between the two Picos
The capital deserves to linger there to visit:
-its parks: the tropical garden of Monte Palace, the botanical garden, the municipal gardens
-its cathedral, monuments, museums
-its old town with all the painted doors
-its descents in wicker baskets
-its restaurants, bars, discotheques
-the Mercado dos Lavradores market to get drunk with smells and colors
-the port and marina
-its Formosa black sand beach.
Madeira is always celebrating, whether it is holy feasts, or city and village festivals all year long.
The most remarkable:
-the fireworks of December 31
-the Atlantic Festival
-the wine festival ...........
The north coast
The north has magical landscapes with contrasting colors.
Porto Moniz's natural pools.
Santana's typical and colorful houses.
Porta da Cruz' surf spot and black sand beach.
The background photo is from there!
The highest cliff in Europe is in Madeira and rises at 580m (1740 ft).
With it's glass platform's spectacular view.
Câmara de Lobos
The typical fishing village
The seaside resort
Paul da Serra
Who would believe that a mountainous island can present a huge plateau on its middle?
And a road to infinity?
Curral das Freiras
A village nestled in a parade that leaves us stunned.
Its story does the same.