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Madeira was elected the best island tourist destination in Europe by the World Travel Awards (Europe's Leading Island Destination 2013) in a gala awards ceremony that took place in Antalya, Turkey on August 31.
In this category Madeira competed alongside other tourist destinations like the Canary and Balearic islands, Sardinia, Malta and Cyprus. The World Travel Awards take place annually and recognize, award and celebrate excellence in all sectors of the tourism industry worldwide.
The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum
The museum opened on 15 December, where 126 trophies obtained of the international player Cristiano Ronaldo are on display.
Born in Madeira Island, the captain of the Portuguese football squad opened the museum facilities located at Rua Princesa D. Amélia, 10.
The chosen area is on a ground floor of a building close to Madeira Casino. The museum is opened everyday from 9 am to 6 pm and closed Mondays.
“Painted Doors” project in the old town
The historic district of Funchal, commonly known as “Old Town” has been undergoing a process of revitalization thanks to a project organized by Funchal’s City Hall. This public art project intends to stimulate one of the most emblematical areas of downtown Funchal in order to turn it into a more significant and attractive cultural centre and a permanent art gallery, joining several guest artists to work on decorative paintings on about 200 doors along Rua de Santa Maria.
Among the various renowned personalities from the Madeira art scene, who teamed up with this project, stands out the architect Paulo David and the designer Nini Andrade Silva.
Madeira all year around
Madeira is far more than an island; it's a mystic place, of devotion and tranquility. A place to discover Nature as we discover ourselves. Just like us, with our dual essence of body and soul, Madeira is made of contrasts, between the deep ocean and the high mountains, the sun and the snow, the serene blue of the sea and the exuberant colours of the flowers. In the perfect harmony of this contrasting Madeira landscape, is where the much desired balance between body and mind can be found.
Pearl of the Atlantic,’ or the ‘floating garden,’ Madeira travel guides have many ways of describing this Portuguese paradise island in the middle of the Atlantic. And it’s hardly surprising given Madeira’s towering mountains, lush rainforests, terraced hillside plantations and meandering river valleys.
But the island’s appeal isn’t just in its jaw-dropping natural beauty. Believe it or not Madeira has been a tourism hotspot for over one hundred years, and so has a long history of catering for a range of tourists. Whether you’re looking to relax by the pool, do a bit of walking in the hills, or shop for that designer outfit you’ve always wanted, the chances are you’ll be able to do it here. And the best thing about this place is that you can enjoy it at any time of the year, Madeira’s winters are only 4 degrees lower than their summers.
Madeira is famed for it superb walks along levadas (drainage canals) and three new Pequenos Rotas (short walk routes) have recently been opened. Try the PR21, from Encumeada to Ribeira Grande, PR22, at Vereda do Chão dos Louros, or PR23, from Azenha to Caminho Velho do Castelo.
The Madeira Nature Festival, on 6-12 October, aims to inspire visitors to explore nature in all its aspects, on land, in air and sea. Expect a packed programme of activities for all ages, including trekking, paragliding, sailing and much more. visitmadeira.pt
The Madeira Wine Rally sounds like a drunken jolly but is actually a deadly serious car rally round the island's precipitous mountain roads. Catch the action on 31 July - 2 August (ralivm.com). Then, on 21 August, Funchal celebrates its 500th birthday, with various events taking place around town.
Funchal is carpeted in a rainbow of flowers for the annual Flower Festival, on 1-7 May. The festivities begin on the Saturday, when thousands of children dressed in the appropriate fashion flock to the Praça do Município to take part in the building of a mural of flowers, the Wall of Hope. The next day, dozens of floats decorated with a myriad of the island's most typical flowers take part in the spectacular Flower Parade.
This is a great time to visit the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, which boasts nearly 10km of pristine sandy beaches. Christopher Columbus was a frequent visitor to the island and even married the governor's daughter.
To get you in the mood for the upcoming World Cup, check out Madeira's newest museum, The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum. This shows off the awesome array of trophies amassed by Funchal's most famous son, tracing his career from a local youth team, Andorinhos, to a stellar career with Manchester United and Real Madrid (10 Rua Princesa Dona Amélia).