Madeira, a Festival of Biodiversity and Colors

Madeira Island - Sea, Sky, Mountains and Nature

Madeira – sea, sky, mountains and nature

Madeira Islands is a Portuguese archipelago that lies in the north Atlantic Ocean, between 32°22.3’N 16°16.5’W and 33°7.8’N 17°16.65’W, just under 400 km north of Tenerife (Canary Islands). Although the island group is one ofthe outermost region of the European Union … Madeira archipelago characterizes itself as an unique and mysterious territory with its stunning rock formations, subtropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting and vivid turquoise waters filled with colorful marine life. One might doubt that maybe Atlantis has not disappeared completely under the sea … but it still exists.

Madeira is also known as the “Flower Island“, but instead it would be more fitting to call it “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic Ocean” thanks to the 13,010,405,091,801 shades of green it holds (if you do not believe us, then come over to Madeira and count the colors green that you will see).

The colors of Madeira Islands have always been an eye-candy delight for travelers. Rumors states that when the first settlers discovered the island more than 1,000 years ago … the first thing they saw was the mysterious accumulation of colors in the horizon that was rising from the ocean.

Madeira - Ribeira Brava

Madeira – Ribeira Brava

Not only the natural elements of flowers, trees, and other vegetation plays an important role here on the island, but also the sky, cliffs, mountains, ridges, coast, clouds etc. All these are instruments that Mother Nature uses to maintain her work of art (that is known to be also her favorite holiday destination).

Laurisilva Forest of Madeira …. an UNESCO World heritage since 1999, that covers 149.5km2 of the island. Madeira is considered a Green Paradise with an endemic type of humid subtropical laurel forest, … thanks to the Laurisilva, … and can be found on several of the Macaronesian islands of the north Atlantic, namely the Azores, Madeira Islands, and the Canary Islands. The laurel-leaved evergreen forests are made up of hardwood trees, that reaches up to 40 meters in height. Madeira has the largest surviving area of laurel forest and is believed to be 90% primary forest. It contains a unique suite of plants and animals, including many endemic species.

Madeira is also an island that rises about 6 km from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, reaching, even surpassing, the clouds. Therefore Madeira seems to have two surfaces, namely one above the sea and one below the clouds (if any appears) …. and the other one above the clouds and below the sun / stars.

In December 2015 Madeira Islands was awarded “World´s Leading Island Destination” 2015 in the World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards annual event aims to distinguish the excellence of the travel and tourism industry worldwide. It is considered as the Golden Oscar in the travel-world. So now Madeira Island has included the color gold to its list.

WTA - Madeira is GoldCome to Madeira and celebrate with us its nature, … discover its biodiversity, … paint your visual with all its colors, … find its golden beauty and in return we call you to support us with its conservation. Feel free to share this post.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *