Some facts then:
Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago. The archipelago comprises the major part of one of the two Autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being the Azores located to the northwest), that includes the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas, administered together with the separate archipelago of the Savage Islands.
Madeira was claimed by Portuguese sailors in the service of Infante D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator) in 1419, and settled after 1420. The archipelago is considered to be the first territorial discovery of the exploratory period of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.
Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well as for its annual New Year celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world, as officially recognised by Guinness World Records in 2006.
- Madeira suffered attacks from French pirates in the 16th-century. And Porto Santo was also constantly under threat from Algerian, Moorish, French and English pirates.
-The British occupied Madeira as a result of the Napoleonic Wars, a consented occupation starting in 1807 and concluding in 1814 when the island was returned to Portugal.
- German U-boats shelled the capital Funchal in 1916 and 1917 (during the first World War) after Germany declared war on Portugal, fortunately with few casualties.
- On 1 July 1976, following the democratic revolution of 1974, Portugal granted political autonomy to Madeira, celebrated on Madeira Day.
- Whale watching has become very popular in recent years. Many species of dolphins and whales can be spotted near the coast or offshore.
- Madeira remains a major stop-off for cruise ships and famous visitors in the past included George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill.
- Folklore music in Madeira is widespread and mainly uses local musical instruments such as the machete, rajao, brinquinho and cavaquinho, which are used in traditional folkloric dances like the bailinho da Madeira.
- In the 1880s, the ukulele was created, based on two small guitar-like instruments of Madeiran origin, the cavaquinho and the rajao. The ukulele was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde.
- Bolo do caco is a local bread that is circular like a cake and thus called bolo (cake in Portuguese). It’s a flat circular bread, traditionally cooked on a Caco, a flat basalt stone slab. The bread is usually served simply with garlic butter and is usually eaten as a sandwich with octopus, Espetada, Milho Frito and also used as the bread for the Prego Sandwich (Portuguese steak sandwich).
- Every year, two weeks after Easter, Madeira’s flower festival fills the main streets of Funchal’s centre with floats displaying a myriad of flowers and colours.
On the eve before the street parade, thousands of children gather in the Praça do Município where they build a ‘Wall of Hope’, made of thousands of flowers. Other activities during this time include the making of flower carpets in the streets, folklore performances, flower shows, classical music concerts and variety shows.
- Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Santo António, a neighbourhood of Funchal, Madeira.
- Madeira has the nickname of Pérola do Atlântico (Pearl of the Altantic)
Summarizing, Madeira is a beautiful place and you should visit the island some day ;)
I hope this is okay! (Maybe it’s too much information? ahahah)
I’ll post some pictures tomorrow ;)
Fuck you, é em Fafe :(
Eu sabia que era em Fafe, mas realmente achei estranho estar escrito Guimarães no site. Não fazia ideia onde era Fafe e pensei que fosse perto de Guimarães ou algo do género. De qualquer das maneiras, obrigada pela correcção. Já corrigi no post original ;)