Posted on July 13, 2011
With serene rhythm and Portuguese hospitality, this beautiful island in the Atlantic is an excellent choice for contact with nature and fully enjoy the sun and food.
It can get to her planes leaving daily from Lisbon and even a ferry service connecting it to the Canary Islands. Madeira this lonely island in the Atlantic that the Portuguese discovered in the fifteenth century, is a haven for relaxation and a succession of picturesque postcards mixed forest, beach and peoples equally.
With a benevolent climate all year until its almost hot springs are a temptation that recognizes virtually no seasons. In winter, the temperature is around 18 º. In summer, the brand can climb to 23 degrees.
In this tropical setting stands the capital, Funchal. This serene port 100 thousand inhabitants is only altered from time to time with the arrival of a cruise. For those eager passengers, the city offers a long list of amenities. There are at least a dozen five-star hotels and restaurants with typical delights. Incidentally, the most popular dishes include swordfish with bananas, the "stew" (a fish soup) and tuna with fried corn. Moreover, almost all meals are accompanied by the "bolo do caco" a delicious bread from corn and garlic.
Amen to its sandy beaches, Madeira is distinguished as one of the greenest islands in the world. That reminds us not only his name but the dense forests. Everywhere we grow the "laurel", a ubiquitous plant species Madeira won him the title of World Heritage Site in 1999.
On a walk around the island, it is not uncommon to see the terraces of multicolored fields on hillsides. The vineyards, plantations much as passion fruit and bananas grow alongside roads that wind through the undulations of Madeira, with elevations reaching up to 650 meters above sea level.
Without having to leave Funchal, the other way to appreciate the exotic vegetation of this island is the Botanical Garden. Originally established as a private garden in 1960 was acquired by the government to become the official showcase of the nature of Madeira, objective that in view of the photos, fulfills perfectly.