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    pool

    by quartinb Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    Favorite thing: lido pools
    not blessed by beaches, with sand anyway, Funchal has several hundred pools not only in any and each hotel of the city. the lido pools are for everyone to go there if yu are keen to a good swim, and spend a nice day twisting by the pool.

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    Friendly for little kids (part II).

    by Jerelis Written Aug 23, 2005

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    On a swing in Santo da Serre.

    Favorite thing: Like we mentioned before ... it truly amazed us that every (little) town has a very well organized and maintained playground for little kids. Some of them even have officials who guard the ground. It was great!

    On the picture a playing ground in Santo da Serra.

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  • The Cable car

    by harryham Written Jul 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: One thing you can't miss if you come to Funchal is the cable car ride up to monte. It's a little pricey at nearly 15€ for a round trip (around 8€ one way I think) but it is worth it. This will give you the most fantastic view of Funchal and it's arcitecture as it takes you directly over the old town and up into the hills. Its amazing to see how houses, gardens, entire neighbourhoods are built into the hilly landscape. You feel like you're just floating over a model city, it's weird. Take your camera and don't miss it! If you're scared of hights though, don't look down...

    Oh, and they take your picture at the bottom and try to make you buy it at the top for 5€. Well, you're tourists arn't you? :)

    Fondest memory: One of the best things about the island besides the amazing scenery and landscape is the people. They are so nice! And the pace of life, even in Funchal seems laid back compared to the rest of Europe. This is an island wich lives in a world of it's own, it dosen't feel like Portugal it's in it's own, isolated little relam where everyone seems to know each other. And it is isolated! 1000km from Lisbon, we didn't see a single car with foreign license plates. Its also safe, nowhere felt intimidating, even at night. This is THE place to come to get away from the hectic lifestyle back home.

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    Tobaggon ride on the street

    by sailornappo Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    Tobaggon ride

    Favorite thing: One of the popular things to do when in Madeira is a ride down the street in one of the wicker basket tobaggon, steered by 2 men. The ride has been somewhat shortened due to increased traffic even on the narrow side-roads which are used for the run.
    At this time the run is about 2 km down a paved narrow winding road, where the occasional car or Taxi may come onward and force the tobaggon to stop temporarily, kind of a nuisance being interrupted.
    The ride is not cheap, Eu 10.00 / pers. and the basket seats 2 people. Even if someone wants to go solo, the charge will be for 2.
    At the end, the stewards steering the basket will ASK for a tip, so be prepared. Also, they are well organized with picture taking, and as soon as you arrive at the end of the run, a picture of you in the basket will be waiting for you to purchase, at a cost of Eu 10.00.
    It seems expensive, but is well documented in a nice colourful folder, with great shots of Madeira and your own 23x15 cm (about 9 x 6 in) picture inside.
    Even a second copy for your mate, made almost instantly while you wait will cost the same. But, it makes for a nice memory.

    ps: This picture is a copy of the one we received.
    Please note most of my info is in my TRAVELOGUE pages.

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    The island of Flowers

    by AndreSTGT Updated May 29, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Madeira is also called 'swimming garden in the Atlantic ocean'. I'm not into botany, but the vegetation of the island is simply beautiful, a miracle of nature. Even in December there were flowers in bloom, bananas, laurel forests... but in spring it must be an even more amazing sight.

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    Friendly for little kids.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 9, 2004

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    Relinde and Iris at a playground in.

    Favorite thing: We were pleasantly amazed by the fact that Madeira is an island that is very, very friendly for little kids.

    First of all (but we guess you'll find it anywhere) all the local people spoke to us about little Iris. She was exactly 1 year at that time. Everybody thought she was adorable and we were great parents to take such a sweet and young girl on vacation, instead of leaving her home! Everybody gave her a little present or candy.

    But what truly amazed us was that every (little) town has a very well organized and maintained playground for little kids. Some of them even have officials who guard the ground. It was great!

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    Just a great place to stay!

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 9, 2004

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    A nice and happy family at Madeira!

    Favorite thing: When we planned our trip for the summer of 2001 we had one thing to consider! Our little baby daughter just turned 1 year old and what to do?

    We took in mind that we didn't want it to be too hot in July and we wanted lot's of cultural places to visit. Besides that a few days at the beach just for Iris (and ourselves).

    We ended up in Madeira and as you will continue reading this Madeira page, you will see that we were definately not sorry for it.

    Madeira is a great island! We have travelled a lot all over the world. There are not a lot of places where we want to return some time, but Madiera is one. We'll be back!

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    European Region of the Year 2004!

    by Jerelis Written Feb 9, 2004

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    Logo of the European Region of the Year 2004.

    Favorite thing: The European Region of the Year is an initiative which aims to increase knowledge and recognition of European regional affairs, to make new contributions to regional construction and European integration and, finally, to project the regions designated as European Region of the Year onto the European and international scene, in all their aspects, such as the social, cultural, economic and tourism aspects. The initiative has certain similarities to the European Capitals of Culture, but at regional level.

    Every year, two regions are designated as European Region of the Year, regions which must belong to different countries, as is the case of the Balearic Islands (Spain) and the Republic of Karelia (Russia), European Region of the Year 2003, or Kiev (Ukraine) and Piedmont (Italy), European Region of the Year 2005. Any region of the 45 member countries of the Council of Europe may apply to be designated as European Region of the Year.

    Fondest memory: The Autonomous Region of Madeira (Portugal) and the German-speaking Community (Belgium) will begin their tenure of the title European Region of the Year 2004 on 1 January, taking over from the Republic of Karelia (Russia) and the Balearic Islands (Spain).

    Madeira will start its tenure as European Region of the Year with a grand fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, at midnight, to see in the New Year.

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    The Flowers

    by ncfg Written Jan 24, 2004

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    Estrelicias or Bird of Paradise

    Favorite thing: Well,
    Madeira is a garden itself and its beautiful flowers and gardens are a must see for sure.
    Bourganvillea, jacaranda, bird of paradise, orchids and flamingo flowers grow alongside a variety of tropical fruits.
    There are lots of unique flowers and exotics species.
    I don’t have great photos but next time I will take for sure.
    The flowers you can see on my photo is called Estrelicias or Bird of Paradise. They seem like a bird !

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    Madeira - European Region 2004

    by salinhopt Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Madeira - European Region 2004

    Favorite thing: 2004! A great year to visit Madeira!
    The Autonomous Region of Madeira (Portugal) have been voted European Region of the Year 2004, by an International Jury. This was announced by Xavier Tudela, President of the European Region of the Year Organisation, at a press conference on Tuesday, 18 March at the International Press Centre in Barcelona. Eight regions were short-listed for this nomination.

    The European Region of the Year is an initiative which aims to increase kowledge and recognition of European regional affairs, to make new contributions to regional construction and European integration and, finally, to project the regions designated as European Region of the Year onto the European and international scene, in all their aspects, such as the social, cultural, economic and tourism aspects. The initiative has certain similarities to the European Capitals of Culture, but at regional level.

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    The Weather in Madeira

    by ncfg Written Dec 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The climate in Madeira it is never too hot (temperatures can get up to around 33 C when the Leste wind blows for a few days every year) averaging maximums of 24 C during the summers months (July through to October) and minimum's of 17 C. During the winter average temperatures drop by approximately 4 C.

    The island is full of little micro climates.
    It is funny that when I was in Funchal it was a sunny day but then when we pass through a long tunnel in the other side it was raining and colder.

    The bay of Funchal, protected as it is by the highest peaks enjoys the best of sunshine except in the months of February and March when an enveloping cloud. Further down the west coast at Ponta do Sol and Calheta, backed as they are by the lower hills of the Paul da Serra, the sun shines brighter during these months, but they are less protected from the sea winds.

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    Carnival and festivals

    by sachara Updated Nov 29, 2003

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    carnival Funchal

    Favorite thing: There are a lot of events and festivities all over the year and all over the island.
    Get your information at the tourist office.
    All the times we visited Madeira was end Februari. So we were there during carnival.
    In the evening there is a great parade of floats with all kind of exotic and historical themes.
    At tuesday afternoon there is an amusing costume parade for everybody who likes to share and have fun.
    But also all the people in the streets, watching this parade, had a lot of fun.

    For more pictures have a look at the travelogue of my Funchal page.

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    Levadas

    by sachara Updated Nov 29, 2003

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    levada do Curral

    Favorite thing: Madeira island is known about its levedas, a traditional irrigation system, that brings the water of the wet north with a lot of springs to slopes and valleys of the drier parts of the island.
    The levadas are cut in the rock, digged in the ground and led through long tunnels.
    The total lenght of all levadas all over the island is about 1000 KM, so you can't hardly miss them, when you go around.
    These levadas became also an ideal opportunity for walking and so Madeira island became a paradise for walkers.

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    Marina of Funchal

    by ncfg Updated Nov 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: You can find in Funchal a modern port with beautiful boats .
    At night it is great to walk by the port and appreciate all the beauty and take a drink in the bars. Some bars in the Marine are in boats, I think it is curious.

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    Mussia

    by salinhopt Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    Madeira Island - Forest

    Favorite thing: This fantastic plant is also endemic. It makes a giant rosette of long, luxuriant, serrated leaves, from which eventually arises a huge, branching, pyramidal mass of very unusual flowers. Musschia wollastonii naturally grows on cliffs in cool, foggy conditions .

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