one second most beautiful video of Madeira Island that I have come across on the Web. This video is entitled “Magnificent Madeira” made by Pavel Masek from the Czech Republic.
Continue reading “Magnificent Madeira”
Pico Ruivo, Madeira Island, by Joel Sérgio Pereira
Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. It can be reached only by foot, usually either from Pico do Arieiro (3rd highest) after a strenuous hike, or from Achada do Teixeira with a shorter, easier trail. There is an additional trail leading west to Encumeada. Just below the summit is a hut offering simple accommodation and drinks.
Pico Ruivo is 1862 meters (6107 ft) high  and provides some of the most incredible views of the island from coast to coast, but unpredictable weather conditions can make it quite dangerous
You have booked a holiday to the island of Madeira. At the arrival at the Madeira airport … you go and collect your bags/suitcases … head out with your partner where you are welcomed by your hostess or you are going to the car rental desk. Afterwards you leave the airport building where you might need to wait a while for the transfer bus or car. Then my question to you is the following …. What is the first thing you do while you wait?
- To look at your watch and wondering how long it will take;
- You are checking your bags if they have sustained any damage;
- You discuss with your partner where you are going to eat tonight … hotel or in the city;
- You are wondering what time the return flight is;
- You hope that your hotel room will be ready and whether you will get sea-view;
- You are wondering what the weather today is, … and what is the forecast for tomorrow and the rest of the week;
- You check if your mobile is still working and send an SMS to the home front;
While you are waiting, … together with your partner, you look to the South and admire the vast ocean. You realize that you are in the middle of the Atlantic. You can see the Islands Desertas (deserted islands) and more to the East you see the peninsula Ponta de São Lourenço, that has a completely different structure from the rest of Madeira. Furthermore you look to the North and you will notice how mountainous the island is … and that it even extends beyond the clouds. You will see the steep slopes of the West Coast displaying the various colorful villages.
In other words …
- You look around and enjoy the environment.
What do you do?
A beautiful video created by Heitor Rodrigues of a Madeiran cherry picker (apanhador de cerejas) Sr. Agostinho of the village Jardim da Serra.
Enjoy the serenity and un-stressfulness when Sr. Agostinho picks the cherries to sell them at the Funchal Market (Mercado dos Lavradores). Next time you buy and eat a Madeiran cherry …. remember this video.
The Old Town (Zona Velha) of Funchal is one of most attractive areas of the city. One can experience the real typical surroundings and local life of the city … taking you back in time to when the first settlement of the island started. One of the romantic narrow cobbled streets that we recommend is Rua de Santa Maria.
Rua de Santa Maria is the oldest street of the city, that was first laid out in 1430 through the neighborhood with the same name Santa Maria Maior. It has access to many old buildings with refurbished facades, which offer a glimpse into the city’s traditional architecture. It is a pleasant street to visit with several restaurants and cafes with typical decors and traditional interiors. Also you will enjoy of the numerous doors and entrances that have been revamped by artists, thanks to the project “Art of Open Doors” (Arte de Portas Abertas).
Here are a few hints how to protect yourself against the dangerous UVA– and UVB-rays from the sun.
The UV rays emitted by the sun are strongest and most harmful at mid-day, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Most people think that they are well protected against these harmful sunrays by wearing just a T-shirt. Well … they are wrong! Only thick and dark clothing can protect your skin from these UV rays.
Best protection offers among others denim and thick wool. Light clothing of cotton or linen, which are moreover slightly of color, generally offers only moderate protection … which can be compared with a sun lotion factor 10.
Keep a long-sleeved shirt in the trunk of your (rental)car to put on when you go for an unexpected walk, or find yourself without sunscreen.
Of course we all realize that during the (hot) summer days most people will not wear thick trousers and pullovers. Therefore the advice is to use sun blockers and sunscreen lotions. Purchase sunscreen that has at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Use it liberally, better too have more than less when being exposed to ultraviolet rays. Introduce the creme approximately a half hour before and …. an excessive lubrication of your skin is most worthwhile … even a must. Also a water-based sunscreen lotion is the best option above the other alternatives.
The main key to successful protection is reapplying! It might be that you will find no application “rules” on your bottle or that it is in a language you do not understand, but the suggested norm is every couple of hours. If you are sweating or swimming, most recommend reapplying more often.
Buy several smaller tubes of sunscreen, rather than one large tube. Keep one at home, near the front door, and one near the back door for easy access. Keep one in the car and one in your purse or briefcase.
Wear a hat with a wide brim when you are outside. This will protect your head, nose and ears from sun damage, and can also protect you from sunstroke.
For more information about UV Radiation, check also:
- Instituto de Meteorologia – Ultraviolet Index – Dynamic map (select region ‘Madeira islands’)
VINTAGE FILM MADEIRA – Private collection of Hugo Reis – Year: 1927 – 1975. Production: Hugo Reis (www.hugoreis.com)
This film will be exhibited at the ISLANDS.DOC Festival
Date & Time: Saturday 21 of May at 15h00
Location: Centro das Artes – Casas das Mudas, Calheta – Madeira.
Click here to see where Casa das Mudas is located
Hugo Reis was born in Funchal in 1971 and works as a photographer. Through international auctions, private sellers and throughout internet, Hugo Reis has acquired since 1996 films (film reels) related to Madeira. These films vary in their format (35mm, 16mm, 9.5 mm (Pathé), 8mm and Super 8mm).
Aware of the fragility of the film degrading easily over time and the importance of preserving these memories from the past, Hugo Reis proceeded with the digital conversion of about half of his collection (about 30 film reels) in order to preserve them permanently. These digital conversions were made in a proper studio in the U.K. The rest of the collection (about 40 films of various formats) are awaiting the opportunity to be converted in the near future.
The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011.
The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during the island’s sugar boom years and as the result of his marriage to Filipa de Moniz, the daughter of Isabel Moniz and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, the first Captain-Donatory of Porto Santo, and is held in tribute to the man who became a famous 15th century explorer.
In recent years, the festival has taken on the format of a historical recreation of everyday life in the 15th century, in particular in the period marked by Columbus’s time on the island, which enchants tourists and residents alike.
The programme includes a 15th century fair and supper, the landing of Christopher Columbus, a military detachment, a children’s area with Renaissance games, circus displays, plays, displays by groups of buccaneers and non-stop fun and entertainment including lots of music and European and oriental dances.
The local population and tourists are encouraged to take the part of characters in the festival and period costumes are provided that give an authentic feel to the event.
There are other side attractions taking place simultaneously, including regional gastronomy, crafts and other activities adding to the general bustle amid the historical figures.
Source: Madeira Turismo
This festival needs a better disclosure. Write the dates down in your agenda and visit Porto Santo on those days. It is worth it!
Even in black and white the beauty of Madeira is still breathtaking. Continue reading “Madeira – Black & White”
We found another great (private) video about Madeira Island, filmed and edited by Jan Přehnal Baterka.
Short interview with Jan Přehnal Baterka:
Why the video?
“My big hobby is traveling and make videos. I made it for fun, for sharing with my friends without any support.”
What film equipment did you use?
“I use Panasonic GH1 + kit lens 14-140mm + Samyang 8mm 3/5, Nikkor 50mm 1/4 and tripod”
What editing software did you use?
“Software that I use: Adobe premier CS5, After effect CS5 + many plugins”