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A letter from the Madeira Island
Director of the Tourism Region Office:

 
     
 

" Today’s tourist is looking for something different: Madeira offers that difference. This is a region that never stops. Whatever time of year you visit Madeira you’ll be welcomed by fun and festivity."

" Madeira gives free reign to its imagination during Carnaval (a holiday period before the start of Lent). During the famous Festa da Flor (Festival of the Flower), the island is almost drunk on the fragrance of the flowers. The Festa do Vinho (Festival of Wine) is celebrated with no less enthusiasm! Various traditional festivities and musical weekends are planned to come to a climax during the famous Madeira New Year celebrations."

" The region is strongly involved in the conservation of the environment. Today’s tourist is increasingly more knowledgeable when it comes to choosing a holiday. The current holiday maker is, rightly, very demanding and much more inclined to consider the effects tourism is having on the environment. We, in Madeira, are aware of how important conservation is and are acting accordingly."

" In Madeira, conservation of the environment is «naturally» made easier. The island has no heavy industry to pollute it. As you move further inland, you’ll find an abundance of mountains, waterfalls and levadas (small water-courses). With these as a backdrop, tourists get to know the island through walks that bring them, peacefully, face to face with Madeira’s extraordinary world of nature."

" If you’re interested in sport, Madeira’s got everything to offer you, both on land and in the water. You’ll have the opportunity to scuba dive, go canoeing, row, jet ski, windsurf, water ski, fish, hunt, ride, play tennis... the list could go on and on. There are two superb and challenging 18 hole golf courses. Even if you’re not an aficionado, you can still enjoy the fabulous surrounding scenery before making your way to the 19th hole! Madeira doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. There’s an exciting night life for you to enjoy in the bars and discos where you’ll find fun-loving people who just want to have a good time."

" Madeira is in the centre of the world, an essential factor when it comes to hosting congresses, seminars and international meetings. The region is fully equipped with all the modern technology required by such gatherings."

" Furthermore, Madeira enjoys an exceptional climate and it’s a matter of pride for its people to offer service of only the highest quality. Safe, welcoming and with its environment being carefully protected, Madeira is confidently looking forward to the challenges of the next century."

Conceição Almeida Estudante
Director of the Tourism Regional Office

 
 
     
 
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