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Madeira island is very popular for its amazing landscape. There are volcanoes, rugged mountains, and rocky beaches located in the island. One of the most attractive and significant features of the island is its age-old forests. Trust me, your mind will move into a fairytale by each step you take inside it. This forest is enchanting for its morning fog. This fanal forest is a section of the age old laurel forest. Albert Dros, a professional photographer captured some valuable photos of the forest to help us move into this fantasy world.

Fanal forest which is a part of the Laurisilva forest is named as a world heritage site by the UNESCO for its striking beauty and the ecological value. Years before15 to 40 million years in Southern Europe were covered with laurel forest. Unfortunately,  these rare forests are now seen only in Madeira, the Azores, and the Canary Islands. Fanal forest is popular for its hiking trails, which gives all the hikers an opportunity to collect various types of specimens from the trees. Some of these specimens are about 500 years old.

Dros has captured incredible images of this fairyland starting from dusk to dawn. Some of his photos which show the moss-covered trunks and stunning compositions of solitary trees twisting across the landscape are very descriptive pieces. As said earlier, this significant forest is well known for its thick fog. It covers up the whole forest. The fog gives a perfect contrast at night as well as at the sunset. “Walking around here is simply magical,” shared Dros. “With the forest covered in fog you sometimes don’t know if you’re walking in a dream…This forest is something I’ve never experienced before.”

Fortunately, thanks to the decisions made by UNESCO to name it as a world heritage site that it would be secured for years and years. Situated within the Madeira Natural Park, this forest enjoys special safe measures to keep sure that the ancient trees there continue to flourish.

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Madeira’s Fanal forest is popular for its age-old trees and fairy-tale landscape.

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The thick fog rolls through the whole forest in the morning and envelopes the trees in mist.

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Albert Dros, a landscape photographer also filmed the fantastic views of the forest under the stars.

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Visitors come to this forest to collect various types of valuable specimens, some of which are 500 years old.

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