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We left Lisbon early Tuesday morning and have just spent 3 days on the island of Madeira. Madeira is part of Portugal, but is located off the coast of Africa just west of Casablanca. A small island of about 800 sq km. It's 55 km long and no more than 22 km wide. Amazing landscape. There's a mountain range in the middle of the island reaching to a height of almost 2000m. Now for the mathematicians amongst you, I can see you all realising that a 2 km rise ...
... into exile at the end of WWI.
Monte Palace Tropical Gardens have a history going back to
the mid-1800s when the local British consul bought the land for a private estate
and started planting gardens. A later owner built the “palace”, a late
nineteenth-century baronial style home. The current incarnation dates to
purchase of the property in 1987 by entrepreneur Jose Manuel Rodrigues Berardo,
... tunalike gaiado, limpets (sea snails), and the ugly long black fish
Madeirans call Espada but translates to English as black scabbard fish.
My hotel was near the center of Funchal not far from the old
town, but the posher resort hotel strip lines the shore west of the city center
and harbor. The most famous hotel along the strip is historic Reid’s Hotel
where the rich and famous, possibly most ...
... to arrive at second levada at Rabacal which begins at the base of a waterfall named Caldeirao Risco. This levada at around 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) elevation is a far more modern one than the one on the previous day’s hike, with a much heavier water flow and a wider side path than most. A few kilometers farther and we (along with the levada) entered an 800 meter (one half mile) long tunnel to the drier side of the island where the water is used for ...
Although my week-long Madeira tour with Explore was focused
on hiking, the hikes were not too long or extreme which led to some time in the
afternoons for some short stop at other sites around the island. After the
Ponta Delgada hike we continued along the north coast to the towns of Porto
Cruz and Santana. To say “along the coast” is not really accurate since at
several places along the coast between valleys the cliffs rise ...