Ponta de São Lourenço

Ponta de São Lourenço

Ponta de São Lourenço is a peninsula, some five or six kilometers long, laying at the very east of Madeira. It’s extremely fascinating, with its desertic landscape and the colorful rocks’ layers, product by different eruptions some millions years ago. I had very hard time selecting less than forty photos to put in the gallery, . . . → Read More: Ponta de São Lourenço

Madeira – West and South coasts

Cabo Vermelho (N. Sra. da Boa Morte), 429m)

As said, Madeira has no natural beaches. Large part of the coasts are actually cliffs, and the lack of plans in the most sunny area has meant that every single horizontal field was used. Some of them are near the coastal line… and some have no road nor trail to approach. Only a lift.

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Madeira – The old road ER101, on the north coast

antiga Estrada Regional 101

Nowadays, Madeira has a very good road system, modern and well maintained (except the slant of the roads, even the highways….), but almost all the most important ones have only few years. In particular, the new road that link São Vicente to Porto Moniz, in the north coast, was finished in 2006. Until then, the . . . → Read More: Madeira – The old road ER101, on the north coast

Madeira archipelago – Ilhas Desertas

ilhéu Chão

Madeira is an archipelago, indeed. In all the previous posts, I referred to Madeira as an island, and actually the largest one has the same name. But in some photos one can see other three islands nearby in the ocean, called Ilhas Desertas, or just las Desertas. Here from Ponta São Lourenço:

Las Desertas . . . → Read More: Madeira archipelago – Ilhas Desertas

Madeira – The laurel forest

Fanal (til Lagoa, 1105m)

When the portuguese officially landed in Madeira in 1418 (but the archipelago was already mentioned before), the island was almost completely covered by a sub-tropical forest, that gave the name to the island (Madeira means wood in portuguese). Straight, the settlers showed their cleverness and respect by putting on fire the whole land (and beside, . . . → Read More: Madeira – The laurel forest

Madeira – The Levada walks

Levada do Norte

Despite its small size, Madeira has two different rain regimes. The inner part and the north coast are rainy, while the south coast and the east are more dry and sunny, and need water for irrigation and drinking. Between the XVI and the XX century the inhabitants built a large net of aqueducts (more than . . . → Read More: Madeira – The Levada walks

Madeira – Pico Ruivo (1862mt. above the ocean)

Pico Ruivo (1862m)

Madiera is a tropical island, despite its latitude. Francesca and I went there for holyday in July, 2012. With these assumptions, why the hell one morning at 10.30 Francesca’s glasses looked like this?

We were at the beginning of the track to Madeira’s highest peak, Pico Ruivo (1862mt above the ocean), and the weather . . . → Read More: Madeira – Pico Ruivo (1862mt. above the ocean)