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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 …

Madeira is Magic by Hugo Travel

  • You look around and enjoy the environment.

What do you do?


Paula · October 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

The first thing I do is I smell the Island. It is the first thing I do when I step out of the plain. I feel the overwhelming joy of being back again, I walk down to the area to get our suitcases. And am pleased once again how quickly I can pick them up and start wondering outside. Once outside I feel the warmth of the sun and start enjoying my ride to the place we are staying and am just emotional, just so very pleased I’m back again.

Fissionchips · December 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

Agreed all those things Paula but in addition (at the airport on arrival) I try to avoid looking at those that have finished their holiday and gloomily await for their plane to arrive. I know I’m going to be in the exact same place in a week or two’s time! That first step outside the airport is always exhilarating because I know I can relax and let Madeira and friendly Madeiran people do its job, which it does without exception every time.

Herminia · December 7, 2011 at 4:28 am

First thing I do when I get to Madeira is when the plane touches down I burst into tears, then I come out of the plane I inhale the the light warm air that makes me think I am in heaven, I close my eyes while the sun hits my face and I thank God for bringing me back again. When I leave half of me stays behind.

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