Vila Gale Santa Cruz
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- Minbar in room
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Reduced mobility rooms
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... through to sweet. They use Verdelho to only make the semi dry style. It's still fortified, and a little sweet, but mainly dry and acidic. The really good Madeira is made from a red grape called Tinta Negra, and I think I'll be planting a few hundred of these vines when I get back home. Was interesting to learn how they age the wine in both barrels and also artificially by heating the wine in tanks. Heating it for 3 months at a warm temperature ...
... 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 ...
... br> the sea for hundreds of feet and the main road goes through the ridges between
valleys in tunnels rather than over them. The north side of the island is the
lush and rainier part, its true windward side.
Porto Cruz is a coastal village in one of the valleys where
we stopped at Companha do Engenhos do Norte, a small rum producer that
transforms island sugarcane through fermenting and distillation processes into
the potent spirit used ...
... her own stuff. Me? Not packing, but exploring the incredible gardens at the hotel. What a gorgeous area this hotel sits in. According to Marina, who was here 50 years ago with her mother, the gardens were three times larger, and there were no other hotels, or even a town to speak of. I even managed to find our room from the gardens.... which was a real challenge. Marina and I had lunch, while Jacques fasted, because he had too much ...