High mountains, deep gorges, vast carpets of flowers, thundering spray…
Madeira – this is the flower island in the Atlantic Ocean, which is almost on our doorstep.
The climate is spring-like mild all year round.
The average temperature is 20 degrees in winter and 25 degrees in summer.
Flowers bloom all year round. The Atlantic island is located 600 kilometers from Africa and 900 kilometers from Portugal, about the geographical height of Casablanca.
At its greatest extent it is 57 km long and 22 km wide.
It has about 280,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in the metropolitan area of the capital Funchal.
Portuguese is spoken on Madeira, but English is also spoken on the island, which has traditionally been favored by the English.
In order to ensure even irrigation for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, small canals, so-called levadas, were laid across the entire island.
Besides the many exotic flowers, such as strelizias, anthuriums, orchids and many more, bananas, anonas, mangos, passion fruit and papayas thrive particularly well. There are few small natural sandy beaches or public bathing establishments embedded in rocks for sunbathing and swimming.
To get to know all the beauty and diversity of the island, a rental car is recommended, in the interior of the island there are endless things to see.
You have breathtaking views of picturesque villages in deep valleys, terraced plantations and the blue Atlantic Ocean.
Or you can hike along bushes through eucalyptus forests to the highest mountain on the island, Piko de Ruivo (1,861m).
The small neighboring island of Porto Santo can be reached by plane in 20 minutes and by boat in about 2 1/2 hours. There are beach and sand as far as the eye can see.