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nyersoul
January 25th, 2009, 08:49 PM
People, present to you my homeland. Madeira Islands in Portugal.

]SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE (http://purpleandgreenmadeira.blogspot.com/) :):):)

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Madeira is also very famous for its natural environment, where the most important feature is the Laurissilva Forest, a relic of the Tertiary Age, which has been classified by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. It is no less well known for its year-round outdoor sports.
The islandís mild climate and a water temperature that never goes below 17ļC mean that you can be on the go all the time. Its traditions and customs, visible in its old buildings, museums and churches and even in regional products like its wine and embroidery, have lasted for centuries and deserve your very special attention.
Porto Santo is 40 km from Madeira and is quite simply heaven on earth! This island, with a 9‑kilometre beach of golden sand washed by warm, crystalline waters is the ideal refuge for a quiet, relaxing holiday.
As for the uninhabited Desertas and Selvagens Islands, take a trip there and, in a few hours, you will get to know some of the rarest fauna and flora on the planet.
The Desertas Islands are about 22 miles southwest of Funchal and have been made a biogenetic reserve, which, today, is that last Atlantic refuge of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), the rarest seal in the world.
The Selvagens Islands are made up of two groups of small islands, Selvagem Grande and Selvagem Pequena, and are about 180 miles from Madeira.
These islands also have a nature reserve, where we can find some of the rarest flora on the planet. They are also considered a bird sanctuary because of their ideal nesting conditions for sea birds.

Funchal by night - Capital of Madeira Islands
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Madeira was referred in the Guinness World Records to have the biggest fireworks event in the world.

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]SEE MORE PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE (http://purpleandgreenmadeira.blogspot.com/)
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zupermaus
January 25th, 2009, 09:27 PM
absolutely gorgeous. Ive got a plane to catch

ablarc
January 25th, 2009, 09:40 PM
That's some topography. Volcanic? Karst?

Troyeth
January 26th, 2009, 07:33 AM
I have never been, but my relatives have. Madeira is adored by them.

Through these photos I can understand why.

nyersoul
January 26th, 2009, 02:38 PM
That's some topography. Volcanic? Karst?

Hi ablarc ! Yes , the topography is volcanic. Madeira is the top of a massive shield volcano that rises about 6 km from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, on an underwater mountain range called Tore, which stands on the African plate. The volcano formed atop an east-west rift in the oceanic crust. :)