"Madeira, the beautiful" Madeira Island by Toshioohsako

Madeira Island Travel Guide: 786 reviews and 1,936 photos

Funchal - capital

I flew to Copenhagen and change plane to Funchal, Capital of Madeira Island. It took almost 5 hours. Landing was a thrilling because the runway seems a small stretch of land at least from the window of the plane. Can you see the rainbow?

Blue and fresh Atlantic sea

The Atlantic sea is very clean but a little cold to swim. But after while, you get used to the coldness of the sea and start enjoying swimming. The freshness of the blue and deep sea gives one a wonderful feeling of relief and peace. Yes, it was this rough but fresh sea water I enjoyed when I was a small boy in the southernmost village of Japan. The sea was Pacific Ocean, but it is difficult to draw the differences from the Atlantic sea when it comes to the excitement and adventurous feelings they provide.

Sun and sea

The sun shines all over the beautiful tropical flowers and plants, and, of course over sun-deprived tourists like me. The view of the Botanic Garden against the background of the shining sea gives such warm and relaxed feeling.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beautiful nature and town, flowers and plants, ideal climate
  • Cons:Atlantic ocean is not warm to swim but extremely fresh
  • In a nutshell:Atlantic paradise
  • Last visit to Madeira Island: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated May 15, 2008
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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    It is a lovely island and your photo's really bring it to life. Still need to visit it though ;-)

  • Elisabcn's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Nice and warm page, Toshio! If I close my eyes I can even hear the rough sea. Thanks for sharing

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Toshio, gorgeous little page with brilliant photos. I ecspecially like your taxi tip. Madeira is still on my must visit list.

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2009 at 2:29 AM

    Well Toshio, nice page of Madeira, great pictures! I also liked the farmers market, the atmosphere was a riot of colours.

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Great tips and pics. hope to go there soon

  • drolkar's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Hello Toshio! Thanks for your comment on my Boston page... :)... Now I am a bit homesick. Just a bit, though: Madeira looks like a beautiful place to visit... (and some rest on an island would do me good !!)...

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Beautiful photos!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Would love a walking holiday on this Island & yes natural beauty and wonderful wildflowers too!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Hi how have you been. Had a fantastic trip to Greece end of May but no opportunity for pages or pic uploads yet. Your page here is lovely-somewhere Ive wanted to go for a long time - and sure looks beautiful in your photos here.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2008 at 3:34 AM

    Hi Toshio, i loved Madeira as well, i hope to visit it again. Great photos! Greetings. Nat

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