Floral Heritage of Madeira

Posted by Luci Ackers on 9 March 2015
Related property: Encosta Cabo Girao
Floral Heritage of Madeira

Madeira is an island of the Portuguese archipelago, lying off the coast of western Europe and North Africa. It is often popular for its flora and landscape.

Madeira is the result of a 'hotspot' deep in the earth's mantle, meaning it has volcanic origins where the region, which was fed by underlying hot mantle, was formed into a string of volcanic piles. Though volcanic activity has stopped, evidence of it can still be seen in the area in the surprisingly mountainous scenery. The island is only the top section of an entire volcanic system which stretches deep beneath the sea and the resulting fertility of the soil meant it was once home to ancient subtropical rainforest. Thanks to the environment, the volcanic islands of the archipelago (also collectively known as Macaronesia) still harbour important floral diversity, and fossil evidence suggests that the laurel forest, or laurisilva, for which they are renowned has a composition and maturity similar to the forests that were found covering Southern Europe and Northern Africa in the Tertiary Period millions of years ago.

As much as two thirds of the island is a natural reserve and a large amount of Madeira's laurisilva lies within the Parque Natural de Madeira. This Natural Park boasts conservation of the largest surviving area of primary laurel forest. The habitats display a wealth of ecological niches and intact ecosystems. UNESCO declared the habitat a World Heritage Site in 1999 and it holds a great importance for biodiversity, with over 76 vascular plant species endemic to Madeira.

One of the protected areas is the Ecological Park just north of the capital Funchal; it is an area of high importance with outstanding views and is rich in flora and fauna. The rare trees, native to Madeira that it houses include Mountain Ash, Lily of the Valley and Canary Laurel. Ribeiro Frio Forest Park, also near Funchal is famous for its beautiful gardens and walks, great for seeing the variety of native plants and trees.

Upon discovery in the 15th century, much of Madeira was forest. Most was burned in order to provide arable land for agriculture, but that was how the island came to be called Madeira, which translates to Wood from Portuguese. Luckily the remaining laurisilva is being protected and the beauty of the landscape is there for visitors and locals to see and enjoy. The annual spring Flower Festival is a vibrant way to celebrate the floral heritage of this island that is sometimes referred to as the 'floating flowerpot'.

Click on the link below to find out how you can stay in our fantastic property in Madeira.

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 878 customer reviews on Feefo.

COVID 19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Last updated
27th October 2020 at 14:45


Our Statement on Covid 19 / Coronavirus

Last updated
27th October 2020 at 14:45


Operating safely with covid-19

Last updated
27th October 2020 at 14:45


Frequently Asked Questions

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Telephone number *  
Post code
iBy giving us your post code we can find a representative near you.
How should we contact you? *  
How did you hear about us?
Your message

One of our representatives will contact you using the information above.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.

BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR OR PERSONAL PRESENTATION

This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited registered at HSBC House, Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1GT. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM who will only charge for their services if you invest. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.