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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 ...
... together chronologically for me
after visiting historic sites around Portugal over the last month.
I got a late start on my arrival day in Funchal so only
managed to see one garden. On my free day in Funchal after returning from
hiking on the island I took the bus up to the Madeira Botanic Garden, a more
traditional botanic garden with more of a focus of displaying a large variety
of different kinds ...
Our third hike day began with a spectacular drive up from the coast at Porto Moniz through extremely steep vineyards and then Laurasilva forest to an open area along the crest of the island at a place called Camara de Carga at around 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) elevation. Along the start of the hike the villages and vineyards of south coast under clear blue skies and the mass of swirling clouds and fog covered the mountains and canyons toward the north coast were ...
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 ...
... their previous trips to Madeira and how the island has evolved over the years. The gentleman owns a pub in Scotland and brought up some minis (alcohols) and we toasted their anniversary. This was a great moment!
On evening, we met a couple guys on our rooftop from Poland who live in Germany. They smuggled in some disgusting moonshine, which we tried, but preferred our Madeira wine and Coral. These guys were a barrel of laughs. It's fun to watch drunken people ...