madeira levada

Madeira means in Portuguese “The Island of Wood”, but thanks to its favorable location and pleasant subtropical climate it earned a nickname “The Forever Spring Island”. Madeira is located 1000 km away from Portugal, it is more south then the rest of Europe, in fact it has the same latitude as the northernmost part of African Sahara. The surrounding waters of Atlantic Ocean muffle the differences in temperature between the winter and summer seasons, therefore creating “Forever Spring.”



When to travel to Madeira

Thanks to its weather Madeira has become a second home for many people from Great Britain, who exchange their bleak northern weather conditions for much agreeable climate, they can enjoy on the island. The average temperatures during the day range from 17° C in January to 25° C in August, therefore ideal weather to visit Madeira is pretty much the whole year. If you count other variables, such as rainy days and the amount of daylight, the very best time to visit Madeira is in the months between March and November. The temperatures in Madeira change according to the elevation. The island has a varied landscape, with the highest peaks reaching elevation 1800 meters above sea level. The mountain range, which splits the whole island in the middle, runs from east to west, capturing the moist trade winds in the north part of the island and creating a huge difference in climates between the rainy north and the sunny and much drier south.




Madeira is the tourist paradise

More then a million tourists visit Madeira every year. It is four times more then the number of permanent residents on the island. People, who visit the island don't come here as much for swimming, but mostly to explore the island's natural beauty. The island only has one, 100 meters long sandy beach, Prainha, near a small town named Canical. The city beach in Funchal has only a few small rocky beaches. Most of the hotels have beach access through small stairs or small ladders.

Madeira is truly a tourist paradise. An irrigation system of channels was built in the mountains during the last few centuries. The channels are called levadas. Levadas served to bring water from rainy north to the sun-dried southern slopes. There are more then 2000 km of these channels (40 km of them are in tunnels) and they became ideal routes for touring Madeira's amazing nature.



How to get to know Madeira

You can buy a plane ticket to Madeira with any travel agency, which organizes trips to the island and has charter flights. You can easily book your accommodation at a private residence. The best starting destination is Funchal, because most of the levadas are reachable from the town by a cheap bus ride (2-3 EUR). After an all day hike you can simply get on the bus and return back to Funchal. You can buy the map with levadas together with a bus schedule at an information center in Funchal on the main street Avenida Arriaga. Levadas are marked with different colors, blue, red and black, according to their difficulty. Some of them go through tunnels and it is wise to bring a Places, which are further away need to be reached by a car. It is not difficult to rent a car, since there are about 30 car rental places, which offer low-price car rental. When you have a car, you can visit exotic levadas such as Calderaio Verde, which leads you and rewards you with a view of a 100 m tall waterfall on the end of the route. Another interesting levada is Rabacal which connects to a large waterfall Risco and a small lake called 25 Fontes. Porto Moniz is another interesting levada, which takes you through sea cliffs along various little pools. Sao Vincente is famous for its unique volcanic cave, or Cabo Giaro is the highest European cliff.

Even though there is always something blooming on the island through out the whole year, The Madeira Flower Festival is still a huge tourist attraction. It always takes place the second Saturday and Sunday after Easter. Flower parade with allegorical cars roll through the city streets during the festival. From the end of August all the way to October there are celebrations of Madeiran vine (which tastes similar to port vine). It is basically the same as our vine harvest festivals.


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