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The beautiful island of Madeira

  • April 25, 2020

In October 2019 I flew out to the beautiful island of Madeira. Based in the capital Funchal, but exploring the rest of the island taking plenty photos along the way.

Funchal

The capital of Madeira is Funchal. We were based at Pestana Carlton Madeira hotel, a well situated hotel on the sea front and a short walk from the port and city centre. Madeira stays warm all year round so we made full use of the all the hotels facilities, even in October.

Swimming by the sea

Swimming by the sea

Madeira is characterised by it's hills, which rise up from the sea, and this adds to the character of the hotel. At the lowest level you have salt water pools, secluded from the city bussle and looking out to the ocean.

Pool by the sea

Pool by the sea

The port features a homage to possibly it's most famous export, Christino Ronaldo and plenty of opportunities to indulge in an ice-cream or coffee.

On the promenade

On the promenade

Mederia's harbour make a great focal point for the city and you will find boats of all sizes. We hopped on a catamaran in the hope of finding dolphins and whales but not this time. We'll have to come back next year and try again...

Madeira port

Madeira port

There's usually a cruise ship or two docked in the harbour.

Cruise ship

Cruise ship

As we explored the city there was plenty going on, including the Madeira Roller Marathon taking place on the main roads.

Rollerblading

Rollerblading

Walking through the many parks and gardens of Madeira there are lizards bathing in the sun.

Lizard

Lizard

We hopped on a cable car, which takes you high over the city to the hills of Monte.

Rooftops

Rooftops

If you don't fancy the cable car coming back down you can try out the toboggan run...

Toboggans

Toboggans

We hired a car and drove to the unspoiled North side of the island where mountains fall sheer in the sea. You wont find many sandy beaches due to the rocky nature of the coast but the man-made natural pools found up and down the coast offer a beaufitul setting for a swim.

Natural pool

Natural pool

A series of tunnels through the island make most of it accessible by road and views are breathtaking.

Cliffs

Cliffs

Seixal offers natural sandy beaches with stunning scenery and a great location for a spot of fishing.

Fishing

Fishing

In the far North West tip of the island Porto Moniz is a charning little town, which features a large natural pool carved out into the natural lava pools. Filled by these sea, these pools are teaming with fish. As temperatures soared this was a great place to sit, take in the views and go for a cooling swim.

Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz

We stayed overnight at Quinta Do Arco, an elegant villa complex hidden away in the hills amongst fruit trees and gardens.

Swimming Quinta Do Arco

Swimming Quinta Do Arco

Located away from the coast and high in the mountaints this was a great place to get away from it all.

Quinta Do Arco

Quinta Do Arco

The Quinta do Arco rose garden is one of the largest in Portugal and features over a thousand different species of roses.

Rose gardens

Rose gardens

Rose gardens

Rose gardens

Madeira is a big producer of bananas and you will find trees all over the island.

Banana trees

Banana trees

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