The pearl of the Atlantic
26.12.2012 - 30.12.2012 20 °C
I'm writing this post already three months past my visit to Madeira.
We've travelled to the main island in December 26th and stayed in a nice hotel near Funchal, for four days.
The main island is not so big and altough there's a lot to see we've found out that 3-4 days is enough to get a good view of the place.
I really suggest that you rent a car and do your own driving as this is the easiest way to enjoy the island at your own speed.
It was my first time in the island and I must say that Madeira exceeded my expectations.
Like many other islands with the same geological history - Madeira raised up from the ocean during a long and intense vulcanic event - the coastal landscape is impressive and very beautifull. It rains a lot during the entire year in the island and the mountains are always green and with lush vegetation . And in how many places in Europe can you expect to have 20 °C temperature during the day in late December????
Many years ago, driving around the island used to take too many hours because the coastal roads were very narrow and cutted in the rugged cliffs. Today it's possible to go from one end of Madeira to the other end in just a couple of hours. Many new tunnels cut through the mountains making life much more easier for visitors. However, there is still a couple of these old roads in service in the north side of the island which will defy your patience and driving skills...
The place that I liked the most is Ponta de São Lourenço, a strip of land made by vulcano in the east part of the island.
Hiking in São Lourenço is a must do, and there's a marked trail which lead you to the end of the land.
But enough of words, please have a look into some pictures taken during that visit.
Madeira is a nice place to visit and, who knows, maybe a place to live someday - like many foreigners do.
PS: do not forget to try the local kebab with corn cake on the side.
To drink? The Poncha, of course!!!