TripAdvisor Reviews Santa Cruz
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... allowed to look at them. They specialise in a flat bread roll which is cut in half and then smothered with garlic butter. Very nice. Surprisingly didn't see much Madeira cake. The main reason for our visit to Madeira was to have a look at the madeira Wine the island is famous for. In Australia we make (or thought we made) a Madeira style of fortified wine using Verdelho grapes. Real Madeira is a little different. There are 4 styles of Madeira ranging ...
... heavy on Asian-themed gardens and water features. There’s also a
small museum displaying Berardo’s extensive collection of contemporary
Zimbabwean art, and the trails which snake downwards through the gardens are
lined with about 50 works of art in azulejos (glazed ceramic tiles) each
depicting scenes from a different era of Portuguese history, including one for
each Portuguese king. This helped ...
... 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 ...
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I tried a couple more island specialties at dinner at the
hotel restaurant. Madeira’s most famous dish is a type of fish locally called
Espada that’s translated as Black Scabbard Fish in English. It lives at very
deep elevations and is especially ugly in appearance but tastes delicious. The
traditional preparation is either with local bananas or with a passion fruit
sauce but is also sometimes just ...
... before booking this tour we may have opted for walking around the harbor all day. However, about halfway across the mountains we stopped at an overlook which made my stomach extremely happy. Crisis averted, no chunks coming up in the van all over our tour group. After a few hours I was starting to wish those chunks had visited my seat mates. These two started whining about they needed to be back on the ship early so they could made dinner at ...