Madeira has become a destination for paragliding
and hanggliding since the beginning of the nineties when a few portuguese
pilots started to work out the possibilities.
Lying just at the border of a major trade wind
zone, Madeira receives a lot less wind than the Canary Islands and that is good
for our sport whose safety also depends on the windlevel.
its climatic advantages,the dramatic landscape
of Madeira nevertheless requires either the skilled pilot, or, a reliable
introduction for the guest pilot which is offered by professionals.
Oliver flying over the city of Funchal - in tandem
Unfortuantely, in the beginning there were not
easy to find terrains of golf course quality for take offs, such as
the type found in the Alps or in England. But
with a little help some places got developed and are well prepared for this
type of sport. Now there are about 10 different launch sites all around the
The landing zone near "Costa Verde" in the civil parrish of Arco da Calheta where Hartmut runs his paragliding centre