Madeira

Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa. It is known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate, historical and cultural value, flora and fauna, landscapes (laurel forest) that are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches. The capital is Funchal.

Madeira was claimed by Portuguese sailors in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator in 1419 and settled after 1420. The archipelago is considered to be the first territorial discovery of the exploratory period of the Age of Discovery.

Its total population was estimated in 2016 at 289,000.Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about 1.4 million tourists, almost five times its population.

Funchal view point 
Madeira, July 2016

During a vacation in Madeira, I took the sky-way up to the viewpoint. Instead of “flying” back down I took the local bus. The bus ride was an experience in itself!

Levada walk to Caldeiro Verde 
Madeira, July 2016

During a vacation on Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, I booked different Levada walking tours. This tour is to waterfalls in the center of Madeira.
We started at 1300 meters height and followed different levadas, including through a long tunnel.

Levada walk to Caldeiro Verde 
Madeira, July 2016

During a vacation on Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, I booked different Levada walking tours. This tour is from the North-East coast, walking from Queimadas to Caldeiro Verde.

Levada walk in the highlands 
Madeira, July 2016

During a vacation on Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, I booked different Levada walking tours. This tour is to the highlands in the centre of Madeira.

Link to Flickr: photos from Madeira

In Flickr; click on the slide show button ("TV symbol") in the upper right corner

Madeira, July 2016

Photos from a one week tour to Madeira. I stayed in the Funchal area, but 3 of the days I had full-day tours in the mountain , walking along Levadas (water canals).

2016-07 - Madeira (expl)

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