For the first time, the island of Madeira will host the Oceanman open water swimming competition on September 10 and 11, 2022. Designed by swimming experts for swimmers, the international circuit includes consists of 24 routes going through Asia, Europe, North America and South America. This is a huge step forward for the island of Madeira, which has established itself on the open water of Europe.
By Anne Odru with Madeira Tourism Board
Madeira, in the heart of the open water
In 2020 and 2021, the archipelago launches Madeira Ultra-Swim Island (MIUS). Over two days, up to 1,000 swimmers will have the opportunity to race from 1.5 km to 30 km, against the backdrop of the hills of the Funchal Valley. Renowned for its beautiful coastline and temperate waters – 24°C average in September – the location is ideal. In their spare time, beachgoers can also enjoy the island’s beauty with interesting nature reserves. Two-thirds of the archipelago is protected and covered with exotic vegetation.
Avelino da Silva, President of the Madeira Swimming Association (ANM), said: “Thanks to a high-profile international circuit like Oceanman, we will be able to use our experience and promote it through the Madeira organisation. Island Ultra- Swimming We are proud to present Madeira’s unique open water properties for both training and competition Opportunity for Madeira to promote a competition based on the desire to preserve nature and ecology by sports use.
Madeira, an island of sport and tourism
In parallel with the water competitions, Madeira offers a rich and very diverse tourist circuit. From food to culture and scenic hikes, the show can fill up very quickly!
Not to be missed in Funchal
Visit the small town of Funchal on the south coast. As the capital of the island, it is 20 minutes by car from the airport and is known for its ravishing bay, surrounded by tall green mountains. When you’re in the old town, don’t miss the chance to take the cable car from Funchal to Monte, one of the most sought after. Here you’ll find lush gardens, the famous Church of Our Lady of the Mount (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte), home to the mausoleum of Charles of Habsburg, the last Austrian emperor, who lived there. .
Admire the monuments and museums of the historic complex – Sé, São Pedro and Santa Maria Maior. Visit the Colégio Cathedral, the private chapels of the Convent of Santa Clara, the halls of honor of the Palace of São Lourenço and climb the tower of the Town Hall. You’ll be able to explore the stately homes of Madeira, Quintas, at the Quinta das Cruzes museum, admiring a large collection of art from the XVI period.e century to the present day, at the Museum of Sacred Art, and learn more about Madeira’s cultural history at the Sugar Museum, the Electric Museum, the Madeira Story Center or the Madeira Film Experience.
Finally, explore the island’s cuisine and vineyards, which offer a variety of flavors (Terrabona Nature & Vineyards, Madeira wine company…).
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In Funchal’s eco-park, You’ll find plenty of activities to enjoy the outdoors, including canyoning, paragliding, mountain biking, and skateboarding. This park covers an area of nearly 1,000 hectares. Due to the dramatic difference in elevation, combined with the many waterways, the park’s native flora presents an interesting diversity that has been enhanced by tree planting. You can also view some of Madeira’s nesting birds here.
At the highest part of the park you’ll find an eerie memorial, Poço da Neve (“snow pit”). It is a cylindrical tank used in the past to store ice.
Free admission. Open: daily from 8:30am.
until 19 o’clock. 103.259 Estrada Ribeira da Cales Area – 9050 Funchal Phone: (+351) 291 784 700
Email: [email protected] www.cm-funchal.pt
In the marina (yacht port) of Funchal, A variety of sea-related recreational and sports activities are available to you, such as dolphin and whale watching boating, sailing, sailing and windsurfing. This marina is located in the heart of the city, in the middle of Madeira’s main port. This infrastructure has 210 marinas for yachts and anchorages for ships engaged in maritime and tourism activities. Among other services, Funchal Marina provides water and electricity connections, fuel pumps, changing rooms and sanitary facilities, marine equipment shops, restaurants and bars.
Free admission. Marina do Funchal – 9000-055 Funchal Phone: (+351) 291 232 717
To be more athletic, know that in the Funchal Marathon, athletes of different nationalities follow a track on flat ground, in an almost closed circuit, in an admirable setting. This internationally important sporting event, organized by the Madeira Athletics Association, consists of three events: the Funchal Marathon (42,195 m), the Funchal Half-Marathon (21,097 m) and the Funchal mini-marathon (5,900m). ).
For more details : www.funchalmarathon.com
Socalco Nature Hotel
Socalco Nature Hotel was born from the dream of the famous chef Octávio Freitas to raise the name and reputation
regional cuisine, promoting the island of Madeira as a culinary destination. Socalco Nature Hotel aims to achieve a symbiosis between rural tourism, food and agriculture in a unique and unforgettable experience.
This sophisticated ocean-view all-suite hotel is 0.6 mi from Funchal Cathedral, 3 km from Madeira Botanical Garden and 5 km from Formosa Beach. It features a restaurant that serves themed evenings with entertainment. Most of the rooms have ocean views, the hotel has a gym, squash court, sauna as well as private ocean access and spa facilities, outdoor saltwater swimming pool.