As I relaxed on our balcony looking out on the mighty Atlantic, watching the sun slowly sinking in the West, listening to the wondrous sounds of waves crashing against the rocks just beyond the blue swimming pools below, I feel bliss and utter joy – I am on holiday, yes and it’s Madeira!
About five years ago, following advice from an elderly couple we flew to this beautiful island for the first time. After a wonderful celebration of Christmas in style in a tropical garden paradise and treating ourselves to gourmet Portuguese seafood, the famed Madeira wine, fabulous warm weather and amazing flowers and plants, like this field of bird of paradise, we went into a tourist information centre, looking to book a “levada” mountain walk, which is a speciality of this tourist haven. Emerging two hours later we had been sold a one- week time share by a chatty American saleswoman.
Usually when a salesman approaches, John would disappear quickly before the poor man could utter “can I help you, sir?” Miraculously this time he didn’t need much persuasion and we came away with the knowledge that we would return to this heavenly place time and again.
Here we are, on our fourth visit. As intrepid as we are in terms of travelling to as many locations as possible, Madeira is the exception and hopefully that is indication enough of how special this place is. Yes, there are palm trees and an awesome selection of flora and fauna, but no sandy beach! It’s a volcanic, mountainous island with plenty of hills and steep climbs. Great for walkers and nature lovers, perfect for relaxation and time to recharge our batteries.
Then if by any chance you get bored with devouring your favourite books one after another, you can dip in the cool waters, or go for a fantastic ride on the Toboggan up at Monte, racing downhill in the basket, pushed and pulled by two handsome young local men, and feel the thrill of speed and freedom, just as we did a few days ago (Check out John’s Review on Toboggan Rides on Trip Adviser )
Floating Garden is one way to describe Madeira. Adjectives like beautiful, serene, relaxing, magical, fantastic, amazing and wonderful can also be placed in front of this idyllic garden paradise. Without going on and on about how beautiful Madeira is, pictures speak a thousand words, and you can decide after browsing our Photos. We have over 2000 photos during our various visits, as well as videos to treasure. I’m sharing a selected few with you, as well as a 5-minute video featuring more fab pictures. Enjoy the tour, and come back soon!
Madeira, Bird of Paradise & Tropical Gardens