Dom Pedro Garajau Hotel
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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,
... The hike started out cold and windy but in bright sunshine near the start of one of the island's highest levadas. Although the walk probably has a different name, I don’t recall it and can’t find it on online maps, so I’m just calling it The Five Levadas Walk because it would take us along five levadas at different altitudes through the day.
We soon crossed back over the crest and descended into a north side valley that is the ...
... the Madeiran cocktail made of local rum,
juice from fresh lemons, and honey. Sugarcane was at times a major crop on the
island but is now only grown on a small scale and mostly used to produce rum.
What’s unique about the distillery we visited is that it uses entirely 19th
century equipment and methods, sort an artisanal boutique operation with a lot
of manual labor.
The distillery was followed by a snack stop at a ...
... days unable to walk because our calves were so sore (and not just mine, this time), avoided the internet and watched the Super Bowl Monday on Monday night re-run (since it only started at midnight here and I needs my beauty sleep). Next up, the Queimadas hike through some of the most remote forest on Madeira. Which, geographically, can’t mean more than five kilometres or so from the nearest town, but still, they say it will be very different, and ...