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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 ...
... and different styles of gardens. A few highlights
are the formal gardens, the topiaries, a section devoted to native Madeiran
species, and a large collection of succulents from around the world. I was
particularly impressed by the various species of bananas and Strelitzias
(bird-of-paradise plants). You usually only see the ones with orange flowers,
but there are other varieties with flowers of other colors.
... other side of the tunnel we had a lunch stop in warm sunshine before beginning our descent to three more lower levadas, a mix of walks down steep trails and steps to each lower level levada followed by very long nearly flat walks along the levadas. However much we descended, though, where we met our vans after 16 kilometers (almost 10 miles) of walking downhill, I suspect we still descended an additional 2,000 vertical feet further through the vineyards until we got to the ...
Our first stop was at the local market, Friday's and Saturdays are their busiest times but today, Wednesday the flowers, fruit and fish were still in abundance.
The entrance arch to the market was flanked by two large typical Portuguese blue tiled murals, depicting the flower and fruit sellers from years gone by. As beautiful as these murals were, I was distracting by the sight of colourful flower stalls and the flower sellers in ...
... br> restaurant to try out a Madeiran specialty called Gaiado, a small tunalike fish
that’s dried and then served in strips with onion, tomato, and vinaigrette. The
flavor is intensely fishy, which I quite like, but not super salty like
The restaurant owner then invited us to his home wine cellar
for generous tastes of his 10-year aged Madeira wine. Madeira is fortified and generally
sweet and drunk abroad as a dessert wine, ...