About Madeira

Laurissilva Forest, in Madeira

Laurissilva Forest, in Madeira

Laurel forest, also called Laurissilva, is a type of subtropical forest found in areas with high humidity and relatively stable, mild temperatures. The forest is characterized by broadleaf tree species with evergreen, glossy and elongated leaves, known as “laurophyll” or “lauroid”. Plants from the laurel family (Lauraceae) may or may not be present, depending on the location. Laurel forests are found in the islands of Macaronesia in the eastern […]

The Levadas, From Irrigation Channels to Walking Trails in Madeira Island

The Levadas, From Irrigation Channels to Walking Trails in Madeira Island

Levada is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the island of Madeira. The name levada derived from the word “levar”, which means “to carry”.  Madeira Island has a very rugged topography carved by numerous waterways, some of which torrential character, carrying huge flow for a short period of time and as such, could drag large sediment loads that sometimes originate […]

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