There is, for each one, an imaginary space, in which it is found with its hopes and dreams. But there are places that, by their geographical attributes, convince us that dreams can become more beautiful in the reality.
Located on over 1000 km from Portugal and 700 km from Africa , Madeira is a tourist destination for all seasons. This archipelago of volcanic origin, with an area of 795 square km, consists of Madeira, Porto Santo, Deserta Grande, Bugio Chao and Baixo.
The islands, were first known, by the Carthaginians and called them Al Agnam, the island of small animals, by the many wild goats that were previously here. Then, were visited by the Arabs and the Genoese, which mark them on the map, with the name of Legname in 1351.
Joao Goncalves Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teixeira were the first Portuguese who arrived in the islands and who founded the city of Funchal, the name comes from funcho, which in Portuguese means fennel. All of Portuguese origin is the name of Madeira, which means forest. These islands have belonged temporarily to England (1801-1802-1814), the great personalities who passed through here: Christopher Columbus, who spent 12 years on the island of Porto Santo, before his greats trips and the geographer Alexander von Humboldt in 1799.
Flowers of all colors and shapes flooding the landscape, is impressive the colors of the public gardens and terraces. On the island are more than 2,500 species of plants, if you want to see the Madeira vegetation you can climb with the bus, cable car or on foot, to the Mount Palace, a beautiful botanical garden, spread over an area of 70000 square meters, situated at 5 km from Funchal. Along with species such as azaleas, cactuses, eucalyptus, sequoia, you can find a special place in the island with endemic species: Madeira wild chrysanthemum, Madeira orchid, asparagus of Madeira, dragon tree. This exuberant botanical garden, has contributed to win for Funchal city, a gold medals in the European floral competition in 2000, promoted by the European Association for Flower & Landscaping. Practically the entire island is a nature reserve and the authorities promotes intense action of the natural protection.
Tourism is the oxygen of Madeira, the road to the highest peaks of the island, Pico Ruivo (1862) and Pico Ariero (1818) gives you the opportunity to discover the beauty of nature, a perfect blend of mountains, ocean and vegetation. Residents of Madeira shows every moment a tenacity caracter, hard rocks and steep terraces were converted into consolidated, irrigated and cultivated spaces. Where is huge bump, the funicular was chosen as the only way to reach and cultivate narrow strip of fertile land at the base of the scarp. They cultivate banana, sugar beet and vines, which makes the island an emblem name of great wines, the Sercial wine and the Verdelho. Locals also have traditional activities, everywhere you are greeted by the famous Locori grapes or other exotic fruits, earthenware painted in blue, embroidered fabrics and traditional souvenirs of cork or braids support diverse rush. Tourism is that which sustains and maintains the island economy.
At dusk Funchal city becomes more beautiful, in his area, on the steps of the mountain to the ocean shore with its many restaurants strung side by side along the cliff. Each offers menus illustrated and translated into several languages, floral arrangements, worth trying some of the island dishes such as swordfish with banana, estada and milho frito, bolo by mel. The authorities of the island, includes a circuit of a music festival and fireworks, which ends with a traditional fiesta, all for tourist entertainment.
Flowers, fireworks, scents of pine and eucalyptus, salty air of the ocean are elements that marks a dream place on the world map and strengthen the belief that each can hope to find it.