Madeira with Easter

This is a report from two good friends from the Netherlands (Wim and Bas) who visited Madeira this last Easter. They share their views of the island and also a few tips for other visitors.

Seacliffs and MistWe went to Madeira to spend Easter with our friend who lives there for almost 3 years. We had our flights from Amsterdam to Funchal with TAP, and had to transfer in Lisbon. It was a good experience, lots of legroom, leather chairs, and we had 2 meals, going out and going back!

Our first impression was that Madeira was very green and had huge mountains. We went from the airport to our hotel, and decided that we want to go visit Funchal. But due to heavy rain we went to our friend’s apartment, where it was sunny. That is Madeira, on site can be cloudy or with heavy rain, the other site can e hot and sunny. And in the mountains you have a lot of clouds that cover the tops of the mountains, so driving in that is like driving in thick mist.

The next day we drove around the island with them, and got a good impression of the Island. The last 2 days we made the West tour and the East tour. That was a great way to see a lot of Madeira in a short time.

Madeira is the sunshine Island, well … we had 4 days of heavy rain! But still we like the Island and will come back for sure.

Some points to keep in mind:

1. Always be prepared for rain, when it comes down, it sure comes down! so bring your umbrella and a coat, because there is always some wind

2. If you want to hire a car, the roads are excellent. strong>ONLY: all the roads are very steep up and down, so if you are afraid to stop and pull up on a steep hill, don’t drive a car. Also, you have a lot of (dark) tunnels, so if you are afraid of that, don’t drive a car. Also keep in mind that going up and down the mountain, the roads have a lot of hairpin curves, are very steep and you may have to pass big buses. But otherwise it is no problem to drive. If you are not sure, take a taxi instead!

3. Prices vary, some things are the same as in other European countries, and others are expensive or cheap. The best way to find out is go and look for things you want to have, and then decide if it is cheap or expensive.

4. You can get all kinds of food. Just try the local food also. We don’t eat fish, but it seems to be very good. But also the meat can be very good. We had Espetada, a kind of meat stick with a lot of garlic, we loved it!

5. Keep your patience when things go slow, that is the way of life in Madeira.

We had an excellent 4 day stay, and we are sure we want to come back to Madeira!!

Cristiano Ronaldo

Christiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo from the Madeira Island … seeks to be the best of the best (ever) in the world of soccer / football.

“Cristiano at 22 has definitely got to the level of the best player in the world. Thereafter it will be up to the people and coaches around the world to decide if he is as good as Maradona or Pele, but that has got to be the challenge for him now. That has to be his goal.”

The English newspaper The Independent published an article about the young star where they answer the question: Is he the best since Best?

The boy from the hillside overlooking Funchal on the Madeira Islands is still a bit of a mystery to the English public. He does not do many interviews, apart from the occasional tightly controlled magazine number which his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson approves, and he has a reputation for being a touch standoffish, perhaps a legacy of the child prodigy years. Ronaldo’s background tells you much about the man, but first to the most immediate question: can he legitimately be called the greatest footballer now playing in the world?

What do you think?

Madeira in short

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago that is located between 32°22.3’N 16°16.5’W and 33°7.8’N 17°16.65’W in the north Atlantic Ocean.

It is since 1976 an autonomous region of Portugal.

The largest of the group of islands is Madeira. Of the other three islands in the group, only Porto Santo is inhabited; the Desertas and Selvagens groups are too rocky and narrow for habitation.

The equable climate has made the island of Madeira a popular health resort, and the famous Madeira wine is a chief export; its capital city, Funchal, was founded in 1421.

The islands are of volcanic origin and are the summits of lofty mountains, rising in Pico Ruivo to 1861 m (6106 ft).

Although the islands were known in Roman times, they were uninhabited until the early 1400s, when they were rediscovered by the Portuguese.

Total area, 794 sq km (307 sq miles).

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