South Coast of Madeira4 Mar 2016

South Coast of Madeira

As we went for a ride by car we found some places in the South coast which deserve particular attention: the cliff of CaboGirão and its thrilling viewpoint, the giant statue of Jesus Christ in Garajau... It's also the recommended one by the islanders to see the sunsets, and there are a lot of little and peaceful fishing towns, like Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava.

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Visit to Funchal3 Mar 2016

Visit to Funchal

During the travel we stayed in Funchal, the capitol city. In this post you'll learn what places you simply can't miss if you come here. Funchal is a little city although it has grown in the last years, especially in the suburbs area. It has a strong colonial look, as can be seen in the buildings of the old area of the city. There are also a lot of well preserved parks and gardens, where

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Madeira Travel Guide3 Mar 2016

Madeira Travel Guide

Last holidays we made a one week travel to Madeira, which is a surprising, full of contrasts Portuguese island. It's plenty of mountains, so here it's perfectly normal to go from the ocean shore to the laurissilva forests just in a few kilometers. We rented a car to avoid the touristic areas and not to depend on the scheduled excursions, so we could better discover the island.

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15 Jul 2014

Porto da Cruz

We were in Porto da Cruz a couple of times during our stay in Madeira. It has a beautiful route around a little hill which surrounds the sea, and also two natural beaches and a little sea water pool (not as big as Porto Moniz, but much more peaceful). If you walk in the village you’ll find some points of interest, like a sugar factory that’s been working since 1926, the winery of “vinho seco

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Pico do Arieiro14 Jul 2014

Pico do Arieiro

Pico do Areiro is another excursion you simply cannot miss. This is the third highest mountain of the island (1818 m above the sea level). The whole excursion is, in fact, made by car until the viewpoint at the top. The landscapes along all the way force you to stop several times to see them slowly.  

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11 Jul 2014

Praia do Ribeira do Faial

We continued visiting the North East coast of Madeira, and after the walk in levada do Caldeirão Verde we went to the beach of Ribera do Faial. It’s another urbanized beach, but this time the bathing area is not as spectacular as Porto Moniz. The complex has a beach, a restaurant and a sport area with every service you may need, but this place is less known and much more peaceful. You can also see

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Levada do Caldeirão Verde10 Jul 2014

Levada do Caldeirão Verde

The second levada we walked in during our journey was Caldeirão Verde. It is 6,5 km long and it goes in parallel to one ditch in the North of the island. The starting point of the route is 4 or 5 km from the village of Santana, where there are indicators. There’s not much free space in the parking area, so it’s recommendable to arrive soon or to be ready for leaving the car parked

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Porto Moniz - Madeira9 Jul 2014

Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz is a little village in the North West coast of Madeira. It’s very famous for its natural pools, which are well conditioned for tourists and residents. Madeira has volcanic origins and the coastal area of Porto Moniz has some strange volcanic formations above the water. With a little human work these natural formations have become peaceful sea water pools.

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Ponta de Sao Lourenço8 Jul 2014

Ponta de Sao Lourenço

Ponta de Sao Lourenço is the cape furthest south of Madeira, from where on a sunny day you can see the neighbor island of Porto Santo. We visited this place one afternoon during our routes by car in Madeira. Most of the island is surprising for the amount of dense and wet tropical vegetation. However, the area of Ponta de Sao Lourenço remembers much more the volcanic origins of the island, and it seems like

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Levada dos Balcões4 Jul 2014

Levada dos Balcões

The famous “levadas”, where you’ll discover laurissilva forests and the local flora, are another surprise waiting for any nature lover. We walked along two levadas: Balcões and Caldeirão Verde. We’ll talk about the first one in this post, and the other one will be explained later. The levadas are the ways build for the water in the island. They are almost entirely plain sidewalks built along the ditch network which let the visitors comfortably walk

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