Madeira Shinrin Yoku

Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Bathing

Literally translated, Shinrin-Yoku means forest bathing, much like sunbathing or bathing in the sea. You do not literally take a bath in the forest, but enjoy the atmosphere of the forest and perceive nature up close with all your senses. In Japan, more and more people are practising this form Read more…


Pico Ruivo (video)

Pico Ruivo, Madeira Island, by Joel Sérgio Pereira Pico Ruivo – Madeira Island from Joel Sérgio Pereira on Vimeo. When playing click on the Expand-icon to watch the video in Full Screen mode. Press Esc to get back. Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. It can Read more…


Pico Ruivo Time-lapse – Madeira

An excellent (time-lapse) video made by Hugo Câmara (photographer) …. 1862 meters (6107 ft) high above the clouds … Pico Ruivo. Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the Madeira Islands, which usually one could reach via Pico do Arieiro (a strenuous hike), but that path is temporary closed due to Read more…


What visitors really want?

The German television company WDR has broadcast at the beginning of this month in their weekly travel program Wunderschön! (Beautiful!), a 90 minutes report of Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (Island of Flowers), presented by Tamina Kallert. WebTV Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (90 min. German) Although it is in German and Read more…


What happened exactly?

Could this phenomenon happen? is maybe one of the most asked questions when looking at the (awful) images that took place last Saturday here on Madeira. There was no tropical storm … no hurricane …. no cyclone … no devastating hard winds … no tsunami-like waves. Just lots of rain Read more…


Madeira Waterworks

Filmed yesterday … edited in the evening and uploaded at midnight. Result …. a dramatic film (thanks to the music added by Youtube) of the fury of the waves at the marina of Lugar de Baixo. It is just as spectacular as the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Funchal (that Read more…


Home – The Project

No … we are not planning to renovate our house or to build a new one. Home is the title of a new “green-awareness” movie created by created by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. “Home” is an environmental documentary that is available today worldwide … in open-air spaces as well as theaters, TV, Read more…


Rota da Cal

We recently visited a new project on Madeira Island called Rota da Cal (Lime Route / Limestone Trail). Before I continue my story about it … I want to say … it is worth to visit the place. This project is a educational tourist attraction which is located in São Read more…


Walkers Wanted

A new blog Madeira Walking is looking for beginner or experienced enthusiast walkers, social walkers or solitary stroller, who have visited Madeira Island (or are living on Madeira), and wants share their thoughts, views, experiences, suggestions with fellow walkers and nature lovers. The Madeira Walking Blog is a free consumer Read more…


Natures Flower Festival

Preparations are taking place in Funchal (Madeira) for the Flower Festival, that will take place from 5 to 6 April. The goal will be to exceed the success of the street parade …. exhibiting and perfuming the air of Funchal with a multiplicity of floral species of the island. Gathering thousands of children on the Praça do Município where they will build the “Wall of Hope” with flowers. And much more.

But the island itself already has started early this year with its own preparations. Nature has its own agenda and (luckly) does not wait for human beings. Flowers are having their debut in the Laurisilva and other regions.

A new blog called Madeira Walking has captured a few of these flora-princesses and put them on a slideshow. Pictures taken by (levada)walkers when hiking through the veins of the island. So for those who cannot wait for the festival or could not book a trip to Madeira on time …. just enjoy the from following images. (more…)


Dolphins – Delfines – Delphine – Dauphins – Dolfijnen

Dolphins (Delphinidae) … beautiful aquatic mammals which symbolizes joy, freedom, grace and serenity, are also considered to be the most intelligent of all animals, and are very popular because of their playful attitude and friendly appearances.

The waters of Madeira Island (Atlantic Ocean) are frequently blessed with these jewels of the sea … leaping and pushing through the blue waters with incredible speed.

Few island visitors have captured (on camera) these playful creatures. We have collected the best videos from YouTube so that you van view them here. Enjoy …. (more…)


Meteorological Phenomenon

Today on certain parts of Madeira (South Coast) a strange phenomenon took place. It was like in the film of Pirates of the Caribbean …. dense mist from the sea invaded the coastline …. and in it was …… Especially in Funchal you could see the clouds covering a large Read more…


Cloud Chase

Last Sunday while Alberto Joao Jardim was resetting his government.dll, my wife and I went together with friends for a drive up to the high planes of Paúl da Serra. Enjoying the magnificent mountain views and clear blue skies above the clouds. It is something that you can not capture Read more…


Thunder above Madeira Waters

Bad weather on Madeira Islands? Thunderstorm? No, do not worry! These last few days we have had some beautiful weather here on the islands and still more to come. No, this picture (Thunder above Madeira Waters) was taken in November last year. Rob Dekker from the Netherlands has captured the Read more…