I have visited Madeira many timesAnd I've also written quite a few blog posts on it. So, is there anything new I can say about Madeira?
Well, Professor M and I both have rather hectic schedules at work, and on holiday we like to take it easy and relax. As in do only whatever we feel like doing, and at our own pace. Which usually means not doing very much at all: few (new) activities, minimal sightseeing and revisiting our favourite restaurants and coffee shops. And Madeira is just the perfect place for it, especially at Christmas.
So, the highlights of the trip?Instead of sightseeing, we enjoy walking around aimlessly, discovering new areas, paying attention to interesting details, such as these typical windows and wall fixtures.
Instead of museums, we sampled local culture at a wine tasting:
By the way, Madeira wine is quite strong...
The island also offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. Even for the athletically challenged, such as Professor M and me. I blogged about Eira do Serrado a year ago, but I wanted to share a few recent photos anyway.
Eira do Serrado is just a bus ride away from Funchal, which makes it a very good destination for a day trip. I suppose you could hire a car and drive there, too, but I wouldn't recommend it. And not just because I am a terrible driver (and Professor M is possibly even worse). No, unless your regularly drive up and down narrow mountain roads, you'd better leave driving to the locals.
And you don't need to be an experienced hiker, either. All we did was walk up to the viewpoint to take a look at the magnificent scenery.
And after a fabulous lunch at the restaurant, we spent some time mingling with the locals:
So, these were just some of the highlights of our Christmas break in Madeira, I hope you enjoyed it.
For more posts on Madeira, go to Bad Tourist in Madeira.
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