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My travel in Europe:
Madeira, a Portuguese island, 2019


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Planning our Madeira trip:

There wasn't very much planning this time. We had a restoration of our bathroom at home and not so easy to live there. What to do? I looked at the ads for cheap travels and found one to Madeira. Madeira is an island of Portugal and I have always wanted to visit that island, perfect. It's placed far away out in the Atlantic Ocean, North of the Canary Islands.

Google Map over Madeira:

From Madeira Airport to Funchal.

I got some new local friends down here, maybe they will help me writing later and fill in the missing details.


Day I, Funchal:

Aeroporto da Madeira:

One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

We had read about the aero buses and find one just outside the airport. 5 Euro for a one way ticket to Funchal, you pay by cash on the bus.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

Already on the bus we see that Madeira is very steep and also a green island.

At Wikipedia you find more information about Madeira:


Funchal:

One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

After we left the buss we had a 300 meter walk along the street R. do Carmo where our hotel is placed.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

Here is our hotel, do Centro. Not the old red commercial sign, RadioluX, many years since I saw one of them.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

We had our room on the fifth floor, here is the view from the balcony towards the mountains.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

And here towards the Atlantic Ocean, not bad, we didn't even expect to have a balcony.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

After we had installed us on the hotel we took a walk on the nearby streets to see what town Funchal is like.

At Wikipedia you find more information about Funchal:


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

We found small nice shops and restaurants everywhere.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

Just 5 minutes walk from our hotel we had the old market Mercado dos Lavradores, it's built 1940.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

One of the channels where the water flows from the mountains, the birds seem to like to sit her.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

Inside the market we found flowers.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

A garden.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

Here they have food for us, sandwiches and vine.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

At the second floor we have more food and a nice view over the square.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

More restaurants.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

Fruits.

At Wikipedia you find more information about the market Mercado dos Lavradores in Funchal:


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

After we had walk a while we noticed several colorfull houses like this.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

At the harbor is the starting point for the cable car. We had seen old photos of a steam locomotive that goes up the mountain. Maybe a cable car is a more practical solution in these steep mountains.

At Wikipedia you find more information about the Cable Car and the old Monte Railway:


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

The evening comes quickly. In front of us the Funchal Old Town. In this block there a lot of restaurants that we visited several times the following days.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

A big cruiser has anchored at the harbor.


One week at Madeira in Funchal, 2019

Now back to the hotel, we were tired after the 5.5 hours flight. We feel these days will be nice for us, great nice town.

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Day II: Madeira Botanical Garden

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