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A must for thrill-seekers and adrenaline-junkies!

Madeira Arieiro Peaks - Naxos - Minube

The Huffington Post asked the Minube crowd to hand pick some of the world’s most unforgettable adventures and came up with a list of must-experience places for every thrill-seeker, adrenaline-junkie out there.

Madeira is of course one of the featured destinations.

Traditionally famed for its hearty wines and laid-back lifestyle, recently Madeira has been increasingly popping up on the adventure tourism radar thanks to its world-class surfing, lush interior and stunning trails along its misty volcanic ridges. The most rewarding climb is definitely Arieiro, a rocky peak whose trails take travelers through verdant eucalyptus forests to a lunar landscape high above the clouds.

We wouldn’t say it better ourselves!

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, Walk with us.

(Photo by Naxos)

Madeira on Eurosport

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New Madeira ad campaign on Eurosport

Madeira Islands have a new advertising campaign on the Eurosport platform (TV, internet and mobile) reaching more than 26 million people.

The goal is to promote Madeira internationally not just as a hiking destination but, more broadly, as an all year round nature tourism and active holidays destination.

Besides TV spots, there’s also a microsite with videos and pictures about the best outdoor activities in Madeira.

The Trekking video was done along some of Nature Meetings’s guided walks and at 2’20” you can even meet Gerry, our walk master! 😉

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Best Island in Europe? Madeira!

Madeira Islands win the 2013 World Travel Award as Europe’s Leading Island Destination.

WTA 2013 Europe Leading Island Destination - Madeira Islands

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.

WTA World Travel Awards 2013 - Madeira IslandsA 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.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira Walk with us.

Walking is healthier than running

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.

Madeira Levada Walks by Nature Meetings

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.”

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Madeira Botanical Gardens: Monte Palace Among World’s Best

Monte Palace Tropical Garden picked as one of the World’s Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens.

Madeira Botanical Gardens: Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Located in Monte, just outside Funchal, in Madeira Island, Monte Palace Tropical Garden has just been listed by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.

Formerly a hotel, Monte Palace and its garden were restored and opened to the public in 1989. The garden incorporates a famous collection of ceramic Portuguese tiles, oriental gardens with Koi ponds, and a number of water features. The plant collections include both indigenous and exotic species.

Besides the botanical garden, at Monte Palace you’ll find a unique museum with two distinct areas – one dedicated to contemporary African art, the other to minerals and gems from all over the world.

On the hills above Funchal, hides one of Madeira’s greatest treasures, and one of the world’s most amazing gardens. If you’re searching for wonder, look no further.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Porto Santo, i Caraibi d’Europa

Porto Santo, The Caribbean of Europe

Italian newspaper La Stampa has published a fantastic article about Porto Santo, classifying it as “Europe’s Caribbean“.

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Levadas da Madeira: uma obra hercúlea

Madeira´s Levadas are once again in the media for the great feat it was to build these water channels, which also offer great walks. The article also describes the benefit of guided walks and the added value of certified mountain guidest and all the information they can share with walkers!

This great article about Madeira Levada Walks can be read in OBVIOUS by Vítor Sousa

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Madeira Levada Walks on the News

Madeira levada walks and the Laurisilva Forest were on the news!

With more than 5000 walkers daily, the levadas walks are the perfect way to discover Madeira and its wonderful, ever new natural views.

And by the way, Nuno and Gerry are part of the Nature Meetings team who organized the walks shown on this piece!

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, Walk with us.

Madeira é capa no Brasil


Madeira na capa do caderno Boa Viagem do jornal O Globo!

Mais um excelente artigo sobre a Madeira que dá a conhecer esta Pérola do Atlântico ao Brasil.

Leia o artigo “Entre o mar e a montanha, os encantos da Ilha da Madeira”.

– Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

The view from Quinta do Furão, Madeira Island

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View from Quinta do Furão, in Santana, Madeira Island

The view from Quinta do Furão, one of our recommended hotels in Madeira, is the cover photo of the most read article of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in the Reiskrant (travel section).

Nature Meetings Land & Culture to the North and East of Madeira visits Quinta do Furão for lunch every Sunday.

Check out regular flights to Madeira from Holland.

– Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

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