Thursday, 4 February 2016

Bad Tourist in Madeira

Madeira

I have visited Madeira many times

And 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.

Madeira architecture
Madeira street art

Instead of museums, we sampled local culture at a wine tasting:

wine tasting
Madeira wine

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.

Madeira

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.

Madeira
Eira do Serrado

And after a fabulous lunch at the restaurant, we spent some time mingling with the locals:

Madeira

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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10 comments

  1. You demonstrate what I've learned: that the first times we visit a place, we "see" the obvious tourist sites and get only a rough perception of the place, whereas when we return, we notice subtler and more interesting details. I love the window-thingies.

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    1. Yes, I think that's true. That's why I love going back to places I found interesting: to get past that superficial tourist experience.

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  2. What a beautiful place.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Yes, it is. The view is amazing. And the food is great, too.

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  3. Just gorgeous - you've seen so many wonderful places, brava to you! xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Yes, I suppose so. But there's so much to see, it's a big world...

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  4. I love Spain, but never been to Madeira. Isn't it also called the flowerisland? In Holland we use Madeira wine in oxtail soup!

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    1. I love Spain, too. Well, I love Catalonia, Barcelona... Madeira is great in winter, not too hot.
      That soup sounds interesting!

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  5. What a beautiful place to visit! The architectural detail on those windows are so cool! I'd love to spend a day wine tasting! Thanks for sharing snipets from your trip!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks, Jill. Yes, Madeira is quite a special place, worth visiting for sure.

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