Those who says that “Madeira is just for oldies” have not yet discovered the real Madeira! On the other hand it could be that they are our loyal visitors that are saying this in order to keep this beloved destination a secret
Watch the promotional video of Rui Martins (RumaVideo) and make your own conclusion:
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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.
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Up to now this is one of the top most beautiful videos of Madeira Island that I came across on the Web. This video is entitled “Momentâneo” made by Filipe Gomes from Madeira.
Momentâneo from the one line design on Vimeo.
When playing click on the Expand-icon to watch the video in Full Screen mode. Press Esc to get back.
This video is for sure a homage to Madeira Island. Obrigado (Thank You) Filipe for making this and share it with us.
Here is a snapshot of the video:
Madeira … a Portuguese archipelago, that is the outermost region of the European Union, has a very high green biodiversity, and in combination with the ocean, mountains and sky it creates a real festival of colors.
Rainbow at Balcões (Photo by Alan)
Madeira is known as the “Flower Island“, but instead it would be more fitting to call it “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic Ocean” with its 13,010,405,091,801 type of green colors it holds. If you do not believe it, then come over to Madeira and count the colors green yourself.
Cascades of the Levada do Caldeirao Verde (Photo by Rafael Fresno)
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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?
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”
Madeira, “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic”, with its spectacular variety of landscapes, the island that they say it sometimes is 6 different continents in one mini-continent. The friendly locals and the picturesque villages make Madeira a perfect island for those seeking a combination of adventure, sports, nature, sun and rest.
An island with many faces, that is Madeira. Still famous for its Levada, miles-long irrigation channels, ideal for walkers. But Madeira is more: there are beautiful hiking trails through vast Eucalyptus and Laurel Forest, “cobbled roads” between friendly villages and narrow roads on sunny slopes.
In the East, Madeira Island is very woody and you can visit the many nature reserves. Middle Madeira is also known as the Rocky Mountains because this part of the island is not very easy to access, but certainly worthwhile to take the challenge. The south coast of Madeira makes you think you are on the sunny coast of southern Europe. There are many fishing villages and (pebble) beaches where you can enjoy the sun. In the west you can find a more efficient environment, but once you have arrived on the plateau above, you will certainly enjoy the beautiful view over the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The north coast is more a jungle of steep cliffs, interrupted by deep green valleys.
Nature lovers will really love this island. You can explore one of the many protected reserves or gardens for colourful flowering fauna and discover why Madeira is also referred to as ‘The Floating Garden of the Atlantic’. You could start your holiday with a trip to the Botanical gardens of Madeira located in Funchal, or the Ponta de Sao Lourenco – a peninsular located on the East of the island that boasts amazing coastal views and a variety of flowering fauna perfect for the botanist in you.
Various secondary roads winds through banana plantations and agricultural lands, taking you higher up through forests of fragrant eucalyptus trees. The roadsides are full flowering Agapanthus, Bougainvillea, Hibiscus and Begonias and the houses, which are scarcer towards the top, have Roses and Orchids in large quantities in their gardens and/or balconies.
Well … at first I thought it was about Pico Arieiro … but afterward I came to the conclusion it isn’t …. however the images are nice to watch and it offers also some nice (voice) information.
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