TripAdvisor Reviews Santa Cruz
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... daunting. Plenty of narrow winding roads with blind corners. Again driving on the wrong side of the road, however the hire car this time was a six speed Nissan with a fair bit of Zip. Not sure how the little Fiat Punto we had in Porto would have coped. As I said the Landscape was amazing with the variety of plants. Bananas and grapevines dominate the sloping hillside, broken up only by houses, cliff and winding roads. We travelled up to the highest ...
... 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 ...
... with tourists than the slightly lower Pico Arieiro. After finishing my packed lunch I went the short distance to the top for some more spectacular 360 degree views across almost the entire island and a look back at the jagged terrain we just passed through between the two peaks.
From Pico Ruivo it was an easy walk of about two miles down to a parking lot where our two vans met us, the entire way along a ridgetop with more spectacular views in ...
... 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 ...
... served with an onion and tomato
sauce. The other dish I tried that’s on almost all menus in Madeira as an
appetizer is Limpets. What on earth is a Limpet? I had to Google it. They look
like small clams or scallops but are in fact Gastropods, small sea snails with
non-spiral shells – and they have the chewy consistency of snails. It’s one of
those things you have to try when it’s the specialty where you’re traveling.