"Madeira...Eternal spring in the Atlantic" Madeira Island by travelthrough

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Madeira is a highly impressive island: Houses harmoniously pinched between plants and steep mountain terraces, the blue ocean and a colorful paradise of flowers, starting from orchids to azalea! The people are very kind, although a bit reserved to foreigners. They are very helpful, especially when you speak Portuguese. Make sure you are not scared of heights when taking one of the local buses going across the hills and ranges...

Madeirense architecture

All the houses are made of modern substance and painted in bright colors. Only Santana in the North has maintained a few traditional triangular one-room houses with straw-covered roofs. The average house is painted in pastel colors (mainly white or light pink) with a red-brick roof and, of course, a garden full of plants. In the 19th century, Portuguese and British settlers, in particular English aristocrats, resided in beautiful colonial-style villas, so-called "Quintas", which exist until today. They are private property, but some can be visited for touristic purposes - e.g. the Quinta da Boa Vista in Funchal.

Flowers in Madeira

Visit my travelogue "Flowers in Madeira" to see more pictures!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beautiful sceneries and lots of flowers, a wonderful climate
  • Cons:people somewhat reserved
  • In a nutshell:a wonderful place to visit
  • Last visit to Madeira Island: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 13, 2008
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