BASE Jump from Cabo Girão

Last 4th of May (2006) a BASE Jump took place at the 2nd highest cliff of the world (580m) namely here on Madeira island, Cabo Girão.

But first … what is BASE Jump?

BASE jumping is the sport of using a parachute to jump from fixed objects. “BASE” is an acronym that stands for the four categories of objects from which one can jump; (B)uilding, (A)ntenna (an uninhabited tower such as an aerial mast), (S)pan (a bridge, arch or dome), and (E)arth (a cliff or other natural formation). BASE jumping is much more dangerous than skydiving from aircraft and is currently regarded as a fringe extreme sport.

Now I was already wondering why not any jumper did discovered the island of Madeira … which offers a lot of great S and E. Mário Pardo did! He is Portugal’s number 1 BASE jumper …. came to Madeira to take a view from Cabo Girão …. and did what thousand of tourists were afraid to do …. To take a step and see what is on the bottom of the cliff. Well Mário did not take a step …. He took his motorbike instead … to get down there much quicker!

Check the video at Google

By the way … I heard some rumours that, after this (successful) jump, the tourist board is planning to move the toboggans from Funchal to Cabo Girão and to create a new attraction called TOBOJUMP. Parachutes are included …. Plus the extra that you, the toboggan and both drivers will be picked up by the replica of the Santa Maria. 😉

Madeira Easy Driving (?)

Driving on Madeira is like taking a rollercoaster ride … going up and down. Most of the times you will find narrow roads … and if you are lucky you will come across some busses or big trucks on those narrow roads. Then you will understand why there are no Fancy Fairs here on the island …. because the whole island is one!

Now this is not to scare you off in not taking a car here to drive around. As long as you are fairly careful there is no problem. Most locals understand about a tourist’s apparent indecision whilst navigating the island. You will find the majority of Madeiran drivers are in these cases friendly and courteous. The locals obviously know their way around and therefore tend to drive very fast. Avoid the feeling of being chased and just give them room for them to pass you by, when possible.

To give you an impression how ‘easy’ driving is here on the island of Madeira … my wife and I filmed on a Sunday driving to Funchal. A trip which we take each day to go to work ….

If you like the music in the film …. it is played by the band ‘The Madeira’. Click on the following image to order the CD.

Bailinho da Madeira

I came across the next short film of Anton Withagen from Eindhoven (Netherlands). It gives an impression of the traditional folklore dance called Bailinho da Madeira (The dance of Madeira).

Now … do not go thinking that all inhabitants on the island of Madeira are dressed like this … and that they all love to dance this. If you think that …. then you also believe that all Dutch walks around in wooden shoes and are all living in windmills.

Video – Funchal’s Gala-dress

Funchal Gala-dress

I have launched a new video of the Madeira series. A terrific view of the gala-dress that the city of Funchal is wearing during the New Year’s Eve. The lady capital of the island Madeira (Portugal) displays her with lights embroider dress, awaiting the countdown for the fireworks.

This was filmed aboard the catamaran Seaborn and the music is none other performed by the band … The Madeira. For more about this band and the video, follow the links below:

Video Funchal’s Gala-dress (at
Video Funchal’s Gala-dress (at

If you like the music in the film …. it is played by the band ‘The Madeira’. Click on the following image to order the CD.

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