sreda, 31. maj 2017

Madeira

O Madeiri je bilo že veliko napisanega v raznih vodičih in popotniških blogih (recimo tukaj). Zapisi so večinoma polni navdušenja - in to upravičeno. Tudi sam sem se pozimi lahko prepričal, da je Biser Atlantika vreden obiska.

Kaj me je prepričalo?
Narava - relativno majhen otok vulkanskega izvora, a razgiban, hribovit (najvišji vrh 1862 m), s klifi in strmimi klanci, čudovitimi razgledi vsepovsod, vulkanskimi rovi in bazenčki, rti, levadami, nasadi tropskega sadja, ...
Primerna je tako za lenarjenje kot aktivne počitnice (pohodništvo, surfanje)
Dobra hrana - meso in ribe, zelenjavne juhe, bolo do coco, tropsko sadje ... (pogrešal sem sicer boljšo dostopnost naravnega soka iz pasijonke)
Varnost - ni nevarnih živali, nizka stopnja kriminala
Kot avtonomna pokrajina Portugalske so del EU in Schengenskega območja.
Večina zanimivosti je lahko dostopnih, s klifov se je na več mestih možno z gondolo spustiti do morja in se sprehoditi po obali.

Pomanjkljivosti
Za razvajenega Evropejca je nezanesljivost in počasnost internetnih povezav kar šok (a priložnost, da koga spoznaš). Urniki restavracij bi lahko bili bolj turistom prijazni. Cene so relativno visoke (a ne pretirane). Ljudje so občasno vsiljivi (gostinci, trgovci, zahtevki po dodatni napitnini). Razglednice ne dosegajo dejanskih lepot otoka.

Najem avtomobila
Splača se razmisliti o dizelskem pogonu, saj na skoraj vsakem koraku srečaš strme klance, kjer navor pride do izraza. Brez heca, klanci so strmi - pri nas smo se že odvadili vonja pregretih zavor. Veliko je vzponov, ovinkov, predorov in viaduktov, ozkih cest - če se tega ne bojiš, je vožnja raznolika in zanimiva. S parkiranjem načeloma ni težav. Ljudje ustavljajo/parkirajo praktično povsod.

Za prikaz vseh slik kliki na povezavo "Preberi več / Read more".





A lot has already been written about Madeira. Mostly positive impressions. Justified. I could make sure of it by myself during my visit to the Pearl of the Atlantic past winter.

The good
Nature - relatively small island of volcanic origin, but high (highest peak is 1862 meters above the sea level) and hilly, with cliffs and steep slopes, wonderful lookouts everywhere, volcanic tubes and pools, capes, levadas, tropic fruit plantations etc.
Suitable for relaxation or active vacations.
Tasteful food - meat and fish, vegetable soups, bolo do coco, tropical fruit etc.
Safety - no dangerous animals, low crime rates.
As an autonomous region of Portugal it's a part of EU and the Schengen area.
Most attractions and sights are easy accessible, there are multiple cable cars descending from the top of the cliffs to the shore.

Annoyances
Spoilt Westerners will notice unstable and slow internet connections (an opportunity to meet some new people). Restaurants opening hours could be more tourist friendly. At times, people working with tourists may be annoying. Prices are relatively high. Nice postcards are hard to find.

Renting a car
Consider renting a car with a diesel engine (higher torque). Roads are in many places really steep. (Remember the smell of the overheated brakes?) There are many ascends, curves, tunnels, bridges, narrow roads - not being afraid of it, the driving is diverse and pleasant. You should have little to no parking problems.

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