Madeira Journals

Madeira - small island - large offering

A July 2001 trip to Madeira by Karl0567

Royal Orchid Photo, Madeira, Portugal More Photos
Quote: The best vacation week I have ever taken.

Madeira - small island - large offering

Overview

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Take the inlands tours. There you'll go up the mountains and the second highest sea cliff in the world. Two of the best are the Eastern Island and the Western Island tours. It may be a small island, but the geography varies from virtual tropical forest to high Sierra to desert. Sample the local cuisine, especially the fish. The Estapa is only available in that area. Quick Tips: Staying outside of the main city (Funchal) means you'll have a little less of the tourist feel. It also means you'll need to take transportation into town if you want some nightlife.Best Way To Get Around: I used the hotel shuttle and local bus to get into town (Funchal). In town buses and wa...Read More

Royal Orchid

Hotel

Royal Orchid Photo, Madeira, Portugal
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Best Things Nearby:Small village of Canico is beautiful and quaint.Best Things About the Resort:Right on the ocean. Gorgeous views. Onsite restaurant has some good meals relatively inexpensive. Resort Experience:This is a small building that has large studio "suites" and they have everything you need inside. Very nice people run the resort. There an indoor/outdoor pool and no beach, but there is a patio ocean side and a ladder along the ocean wall that allows you to swim in the ocean and climb back out. There’s also a small gym onsite and a few game tables (ping pong, billiards, etc.). Massages and laundry services are available. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Royal Orchid
Travessa da Praia
Madeira, Portugal

Levada

Attraction

Levada Photo, Madeira, Portugal
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Levada is a water way down from the mountains. Next to each is a path you can follow. The difficulty and length varies depending on which trails you choose. The views are spectacular. The air is fresh and clean. The people you meet (if any are out) are very friendly.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Levada
All over the island
Madeira, Portugal

Decorative Arts Museum Photo, Madeira, Portugal
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You enter through a small courtyard with nice gardens. The building itself has a feel that it has been there for a very long time. The hardwood floors are almost a work of art unto themselves. The displays inside are incredibly detailed artistic pieces. Has everything from plates and serving pieces to furniture and rugs.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Decorative Arts Museum
Downtown
Madeira, Portugal

Market Square

Attraction

Market Square Photo, Madeira, Portugal
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It is a square building that is a block long on each side (they have small block there). It is really a square within a square as the perimeter is all small enclosed shops, selling lots of wine, handicrafts (wicker, embroidery, etc.), food, meats, etc. The inner square is a bi-level courtyard open to the sky. Extremely fresh fruits and vegetables are for sale here. Stroll amongst the stalls sampling some very exotic fruits. My favorites are: a fruit that is shaped like a banana with golf ball like dimples, whose flesh separates into little nodules and taste like a cross between a banana and an apple; anona, which is also called cherimoya or custard apple, defies full description other than to s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Market Square
Downtown
Madeira, Portugal

Monte Palace

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Attraction

Monte Palace Photo, Madeira, Portugal
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Entering the grounds of Monte Palace, you immediately note that the major theme is Japanese style gardens. There is a koi pond and highly red lacquered wood bridges. Further down there is a relaxation garden where you can sit by the waterfall or wander among the statues. Hidden among the trees and bushes are gems like this fountain. And further down the slope is a wall of Japanese tiles telling various stories. There are some areas of the gardens devoted to differing varieties of plants. There are palms, such as the cerebrum palm, and the Bird of Paradise, the national flower, and some unknown purple bell shaped flowers, and of course the required lilies and orchids. The focal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Monte Palace
North Downtown
Madeira, Portugal

Wicker Toboggan Sled Ride Photo, Madeira, Portugal
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At the foot of the Monte Church is where you can take the famous wicker tobogan sled ride down the mountain. This is one of the wacky must-try things you do as a tourist. You sit in a large wicker basket that is on two wooden runners. Two "guides" alternately steer and push as you go down the steep mountainside streets back into the downtown area of Funchal.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Wicker Toboggan Sled Ride
Monte Palace/Church
Madeira, Portugal