Madeira Island Warnings and Dangers

  • One of the easy levadas of Madeira.
    One of the easy levadas of Madeira.
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  • Madeira - Portugal
    Madeira - Portugal
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  • Madeira - Portugal
    Madeira - Portugal
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    camara de lobos

    by quartinb Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    thou' a place blessed by sir winston churchill and bathed by a wonderfull bay, it is a place known in portugal because of several problems envolving, like, extreme poverty and for being a very unfriendly people.
    i tasted it.
    a very uncaracteristic episode,impossible to have in any other part of the island.
    if yu go there just ignore if a rough person crosses by, and yu'll be fine.

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    Gecko - A danger? Perhaps only a warning.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 24, 2005

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    A Gecko in the streets of Funchal.

    A Gecko is about 10 to 15 cm long, with large heads, big eyes with elliptical pupils and thin toes. They have thick tails that narrow to a point and, like their bodies and heads, are slightly flattened from top to bottom. Most of their scales are small and granular.

    Don't be afraid of them, because the primarily eat insects, fruit, spiders, snails, small lizards, birds and bird eggs.

    You'll find them in hot and dried out areas like here at Madeira!

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    Pickpockets

    by AnaMargarida Written May 20, 2005

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    "Madeira has very little crime and the worst that is likely to happen to you is a sunburn or a hangover. Violence against tourists is very, very unusual. Common sense at all times should spare you any grief."

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    Did I say...STEEP ?

    by sailornappo Written Apr 18, 2005

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    Incline

    Many of the roads can be very tiring to walk on, so dont undertake a stressful climb - up OR down if your "Breathing apparatus" is in need of some tune-up. Distance from point "A" to point "B" may be short as the crow flies, but could be considerable longer due to the winding road.

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    A pretty safe place to be !

    by sailornappo Written Apr 17, 2005

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    We never had ANY safety concerns during the 10 days. It is always wise to carry valuables not just in your back-pocket for obvious reasons, but this is much less of a worry here than anywhere on the mainland, no matter which country.

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    Island drivers

    by Rita.E Written Dec 22, 2004

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    Even though I'm portuguese I admit that Portuguese drivers are sometimes very dangerous and unconsiderate.

    Madeira is part of Portugal so you have to be very carefull. It's not unusual to hear someone honk approaching a sharp curve or have them overtake you in a daredevil manoeuvre.

    So drive safe and be very carefull.

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    Reading a map

    by Jerelis Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?

    The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.

    This still doesn't explain why Relinde turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!

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    Be carefull on the levadas!

    by salinhopt Written Jul 23, 2003

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    Madeira levada in bad shape

    Sometimes the levadas are not in good condition as they should! Before doing a levada walk please ask at the tourims office of Madeira if the path is in good shape! Enjoy!

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    Dec 23, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    What about dengue fever? How many on the Island is affected?

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