Fresh Weekend

The company “Fresh Produções”, in an unusual initiative taking place between the 14th and 18th of June, is promoting the “Fresh Weekend” event, which, in addition to a musical component, also has other activities of great interest.

The “Quinta da Rochinha” lodge at Ponta de Sol and the Hotel Calheta Beach will be the hosts for this event where the philosophy is based on the “Fresh” spirit, in which ecological awareness, relaxation, nature and pure fun live together with culture and an urban life-style.

The objective is to promote Madeiras an attractive destination appealing to a young and active public. A special package, starting in Lisbon, has been created for people to attend this event and includes accommodation, guided visits to local cultural places and other sporting activities.

This event will have several high quality musical performances, with the highlights being “United Colors of Fresh”, “Barbecue 01” in Seixal, “Hi.Tech 01”in sunset format at Ponta do Sol lodge, and “Hi.Tech 02”.

Source: Madeira Tourism Board

Surf’s Up!

I am going to Madeira for Holidays.

What? Madeira?? Only old people goes for holidays to that island! There is nothing there for young people like us.

(Looking at his hair …. grey!) Like you??

Yes! Name one typically thing that young people can do there on that island …. Just name one!

SURFING

The island of Madeira is probably one of the best big wave spots in the entire world. Jardim do Mar (Ponta do Jardim), Paul do Mar, Ponta Pequena and so on.

Not many people knows this …. but slowly the waves are reaching the fanatic surfers all over the world about this hidden surf paradise.

Madeira Surf

Want some proof? Just check out for example the weblog MADEIRASurf … with beautiful images of Madeirense surfers taming the Atlantic waves.

But mind you …. Madeira is NOT for the beginners … this is for PRO’s only. Madeira is the perfect cult location for the first class surfers. It floats perfectly receiving the swells from the North Atlantic Ocean.

Check it out, dude! (= 70’s slang). Surf’s up on Madeira.

More about surfing on Madeira? Check the links on my Del.icio.us page: del.icio.us/madeira/surf

By the way … the reaction of the grey-haired person was … DUH??

Wallet size currency cheat sheet

What does the Madeira visitors from the UK, the US, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Asian countries, South Africa, Venezuela and others all have in common? When paying in Euros they ask themselves ‘How much does that cost in …’ their own currency?

There is a handy way to solve this. Travelocity offers a currency converter page that allows you to print off a cheat sheet that you can carry around with you in your purse or wallet. Select the conversion from Euros to your own currency; and you will have a comparison of price values based on the latest rates.

Link: Currency Converter

Flower Festival 2006

Yesterday was the main highlight of the traditional Flower Festival of Funchal, the parade of flower. More than 1000 of participants, mainly children, covered with the most beautiful flowers parading the streets of Funchal.

And as I am man of few words … let the pictures tell you how beautiful it was.

Click here to see more pictures

(Update 2006-05-01)
I saw more than hundred photographers walking yesterday around capturing the flower festival with their cameras and I was wondering how many of them will put it (also) online?

Daniel Jove (from Spain)

Non-tourist

For those who think that life on an island, such as Madeira, is about relaxing … sitting on a terrace …. enjoying the sun and a cold drink …

… that ONLY applies to the tourists! When you decide to live on Madeira than you are not a tourist any more. There is no hotel service … no room cleaning … there is no departure back to home …. And you will need to set-up a life that you normally had when you were in your home country. In fact … this is your new home country … and NOT your holiday destination. Your are part of the community in which you will be categorized as a foreigner resident on the island. You will feel that this time there will be no travel agent or guide waiting for you in the hotel or the airport with a sign. There will be no rental car waiting for you. There is no total of days or weeks you have left over before you leave the country / island and go back home. No …. you have a new home …. and you need to settle and get things organized yourself … a new life.

In other words: it is your turn now to look at the tourists … who a all relaxed … sitting on a terrace .. enjoying the sun and a cold drink …. looking at them while you are carrying 5 plastic bags full of groceries from Modelo going back towards … your home.