Madeira Islands win the 2013 World Travel Award as Europe’s Leading Island Destination.
Madeira and Porto Santo Islands‘ top quality as a holiday destination have been recognized by the WTA 2013. Competing against the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Malta and Sardinia, Madeira Islands top place in the rank is all the more remarkable.
A clear sign of Madeira’s global excellence as a travel destination, the WTA prize acknowledges the superiority of Madeira’s hotels and activities as well as the success of its environment and preservation programmes.
As a boutique travel agency in Madeira, we are proud to contribute everyday to making Madeira the 2013 WTA Europe’s Leading Islands Destination.
All Nature Meetings levada walks will take place normally during the 2013 Madeira Rally (August 2 to 4).
The only exception is The Peaks walk (Pilgrim’s Path), on Saturday the 3rd of August, which will be walked “the-other-way-around”, from Achada do Texeira (Pico Ruivo) to Pico Arieiro.
If you’re an independent walker or if you choose to follow the rally, please keep your safety and that of others in mind at all times. Always cooperate with the rally Safety Marshals, the police, and with any member of the organization. For further info, check the RVM website and get to know their spectator safety instructions.
Brisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than running when the energy expenditure of both activities is balanced out, a compared study has found.
The effects on participants, aged 18 to 80, were observed over a period of six years.
Running reduced the risk of heart disease by 4.5% while walking reduced it by 9.3%.
Calorie for calorie, walking also had a stronger impact on heart disease risk factors:
the risk of first-time high blood pressure was reduced by 4.2% by running and 7.2% by walking.
first-time high cholesterol risk was lowered by 4.3% by running and 7% by walking.
the risk of first-time diabetes was reduced by about 12% by both walking and running.
“Walking and running provide an ideal test of the health benefits of moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running because they involve the same muscle groups and the same activities performed at different intensities,” said study leader Dr Paul Williams, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
“The more the runners ran, and the walkers walked, the better off they were in health benefits. If the amount of energy expended was the same between the two groups, then the health benefits were comparable.
“People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health.”
Madeira is running for Europe’s Leading Island Destination on the 2013 World Travel Awards (WTA). Nicknamed the “Oscars” of the tourism and travel industry, the WTA acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
A mere 25 km off the easternmost tip of Madeira Island, the Desertas islands only recently begun getting the attention they deserve.
Already a partial Nature Reserve, Bugio, Deserta Grande and Ilhéu Chão are the 3 small islands that make this “desert” archipelago where you can find exquisite endemic flora and fauna and a unique sense of wilderness.
An European Council specialist has recently visited the islands to evaluate the Deserta’s candidature to the European Protected Area Diploma – and he has only great things to say about what he found!