To the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Mid Atlantic.
Monday 8 February 1993 - Monday 22 February 1993
Well, back on holiday again, this time to the Portuguese island of Madeira.
I stayed in the main city of Funchal. This slopes up the hill from the port and is very scenic. The hotel was rather old and the food was a bit grim so I wandered out most evenings to try something local. Lots of fish on the menu as you might expect.
A statue of Christopher Columbus.
The cliffs at Cabo Girão, 560 to 589 metres high.
An orchid in the Funchal gardens.
The town of Ribeira Brava.
Fishing boats near Machico.
The centre of the island at Paul de Serra.
The northern coast. The terrain here is very rugged and people have terraced the hillsides to grow everything they need. Not much room for livestock though.
Another mountain village.
The northern coast line.
More of the northern coast.
The northern coast at Seixal.
Levadas. These are irrigation canals that wind their around the hills following the contour lines. This means they are great for walking on and saves the many ups and downs otherwise encountered.
One of the many levadas in Madeira.
Banana plantations on the walk to Câmara De Lobos.
The levada walk to Câmara De Lobos.
A road side shrine.
It is an interesting place for a week. However two weeks is too long and I was starting to get bored. Things were however livened up when I had my wallet stolen and I had to deal with the local police. Luckily I had enough money to see out the holiday and get home.