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Madeira is a great place to go. An amazing volcanic landscape with deep valleys, ravines and miles of footpaths, which makes a right place to go if you are a nature lover. There are some places that you can't miss; "Mercado dos Lavradores" in Funchal is one of them.

Madeira is a great place to go. An amazing volcanic landscape with deep valleys, ravines and miles of footpaths, which makes a right place to go if you are a nature lover. There are some places that you can’t miss; “Mercado dos Lavradores” [farmers market] in Funchal is one of them.

It is where the local farmers and fishermen take their products to sell and there is a great mix of colours and people. You will be amazed with the local fruits. In the market you will be welcomed by flower seller ladies in their traditional island costumes. Another thing that you can’t miss is the Toboggan ride on a wicker basket mounted on metal runners. From Monte to Funchal, two toboggan drivers will drive you down the streets, a really exiting experience. Another great experience is going to the “Pico do Arieiro”, the third highest peak on the island, so high that you can see the clouds below your feet. From there you can walk to the highest peak in Madeira if you just follow the footpath, but be careful because it can be really dangerous if the weather isn’t good.

And you shouldn’t miss the small villages like Santana, where you can see one of the Madeira’s trade marks, the “Palheiros”, brightly painted small houses with triangular shape was where people used to live here. And if you want to have a drink you can’t miss Camara de Lobos, a small fishing village were you can drink some of the Madeira wines and especially the “Niquita” and “Poncha”, two amazing local drinks that can make you go mad!!!
Ah, the grand New Year firework show and the Carnival are also great things to watch. These are only a few of the many things that make Madeira really special!

Find more from: www.madeiraturismo.com

written by ricardo_ventura on 2008-05-09 in #world #locations #art #analog #culture

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