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Madeira Nature Festival

The Madeira Nature Festival, which takes place this week, is offering 700 free places for various outdoor activities throughout the island.  The festival will also be used to promote the first international meeting on ‘Tourism in the Natural Environment.’

The Regional Government has invested €103,000 in the event, which runs from today to Sunday, and includes this year, the First Madeira Outdoor Summit, which will take place on Thursday.  This is an international meeting dedicated to sports and nature tourism and will be attended by key speaks from the nature tourism area.  In a brief statement the Secretary of Tourism and Culture, Paula Cabaço said “We know that tourists today, besides wanting to contemplate our landscapes, seek above all to have unique, authentic experiences while exploring the islands natural heritage.

The initiative aims to show that the region, as well as a tourist destination,  is also dedicated to specific sporting activities that are linked to nature. The Madeira Nature Festival offers free, albeit subject to registration, land, sea and air activities such as canyoning, jeep tours, walking, bat watching, mountain biking and mountain multi-activities (paintball, archery, and arrow), abseiling, slides and traditional games) as well as sea activities such as kayaking, boating, diving, stand up paddle and paragliding.

Paula Cabaço stressed that this year 700 places are available which can be reserved through the tourism office located on Avenida Arriaga, Funchal, as well as in several hotels.  Although many of the activities will take place primarily in Funchal, other municipalities such as Santa Cruz, Machico, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta, São Vicente, Porto Moniz and Porto Santo are also taking part.

In the 2018 survey on tourist satisfaction, the Nature Festival scored 6.5 points on a scale from 0 to 7, the equivalent of 90% on a scale from 0 to 100 and the government hopes that the festival will encourage both Madeiran’s and tourists to take part in the many initiatives and experiences available.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly