Madeira : Meditation, hiking and sun!

Arriving in Madeira was a welcome to the tropic and joy in the middle of the European winter. I have stayed in Machico, a village far from the noise and populated with white houses with terracotta roofs. The apasibity of the place envelops me and invites me to an inner travel impregnated with blue sky and semi-deserts flowers.

The locals are very friendly and quiet, this part of the island looks like a semi-inhabited place. Walking between their little alleys, I have the impression of finding more dogs, than passers-by. The noise is almost imperceptible in the streets, at most the barking of dogs and the bleating of the goats. Madeira does not give the impression of being an island for the party. Better still, a place to rest, meditate and contemplate the waves and rocks next to the cliffs at the edge of the sea.

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In this place of Europe, where winter does not arrive, you can open your mind, the worries of big cities seem to fade and make you want to stay, to surrender to the place as if it were a artwork or a space of another time.
Sometimes we forget that nature can be as stupefying or imposing as some of the ruins built by humans.


Llegar a Madera fue una bienvenida al tropico y a la alegria en medio del invierno europeo. Me he hospedado en Machico, un pueblito lejos del ruido y poblado de casitas blancas con techos terracota. La apasibidad del lugar me envuelven y me invitan a un viaje interior impregnado de cielo azul y de flores semideserticas.

Los habitantes son muy amables y tranquilos, esta parte de la isla parece un lugar semi-habitado. Caminando entre sus pequenas callejuelas, tengo la impresion de encontrar mas perros, que transehuntes. El ruido es casi imperceptible en las calles, a lo sumo los ladridos de los perros y el balido de las cabras. Madera no da la impresion de ser una isla para la fiesta. Mejor aun, un lugar para descansar, meditar y contemplar las olas y las rocas junto a los acantilados al borde del mar.

En este lugar de Europa, donde el invierno no llega, se puede abrir la mente, las preocupaciones de las grandes ciudades parecen desvancerse y dan ganas de quedarse, de entregarse al lugar como si fuera una obra de arte o un espacio de otro tiempo.

Aveces olvidamos que la naturaleza puede ser tan estupefiante o mas imponente que algunas de las ruinas construidas por los humanos.

5 Comments on “Madeira : Meditation, hiking and sun!

      • Gran Canarias offers similar sceneries and more to see. I have now made three posts from Las Palmas and next week the last on. All the posts show different things. Last part, shows that Las Palmas is Surf Paradise. 🙂

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