Recently I return from a trip to Madeira an island of eternal spring. I was wondering why they call it like this but after reading this post you will figure the answers yourself 😉
Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal a small island has a lot to offer. Here are few things that I have done on my trip.
I have spend 6 days exploring the island and to be honest with you I think it was more than enough to see most of it. I am very active person and sitting by the pool it’s not for me. I like adventure, nature and activities. While in Madeira you need to go for trekking.
There are many levadas – walks shorter and longer. In my opinion the walk you should do is Ponta de São Lourenço peninsula it is around 3km walk (one way) with stunning views. Its very easy to get there just follow the sign to Canical town and later from there to Ponta de Sao Lourenco.
Along the way there are sweeping Atlantic panoramas, colourful cliffs, bracing sea air and swooping sea birds. For me the walk itself wasn’t difficult comparing to the other one I have done. This one was a piece of cake 🙂 prepare yourself and take food, drinks and snacks as there is nowhere to buy.
Try to get to the car park as early as possible so you will have the path for yourself as when it’s getting crowded you can’t admire the beauty of this place.
Second trekking that I have done was challenging and demanding. I would suggest you do it if you have some fitness level and you are not a beginner. I have started early morning I was at the car park at 7:50 getting ready for a challenge of the day. This trail is unique and it links the two highest peaks of Madeira Island, Pico Ruivo (1861 m) and Pico do Arieiro (1817 m) if you are a vertigo sufferer I would suggest you do other walk. On the way you get to see spectacular scenery: the oldest heather forest in existence or if you are lucky maybe you get a chance to see some endemic birds and also the most endangered seabird of Europe.
Ledges and tunnels through vertical sections, long and steep staircases, paved walks and last but not least Madeira’s extensive vegetation make any of the routes quite an experience.This walk was challenging even for me but guess what I’m planning on returning to Madeira and doing the longer walk from Pico Ruivo to Boca de Encumeada 11km one way!!! Wish me luck 🙂
For those who want to relax you can drive to Porto Moniz – a village by the ocean where natural salt water swimming pools are made of volcanic rock, into which the sea water flows naturally. Its such a fun when a big wave from the ocean hits the swimming pool its fun for Adults and kids. I would suggest going there and if you don’t want to swim you can sunbath and just relax. I have found there the best ice cream in Madeira!! 🙂
Don’t forget to try typical fish dish bacalao and poncha – liquor made from passion fruit or lemon and honey 😉
Last tip for the trip if you are going to do the trekking don’t forget to being proper shoes as its easy to have a broken leg. Ideally take sunglasses, wind/waterproof jacket, sun cream and food.
Once in Funchal try and do the wicker basket ride!!!!! 🙂
Other walks that I have done: Levada do Rei, Levada do 25 fountains.