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I really liked  Madeira , I do not even know why. Probably because this small island reminded me of my beloved Greece in many ways. And because here you really feel that you are in the ocean - there is a thousand kilometers (620 miles) to Lisbon, more than five hundred kilometers (...
We came to the Portuguese port of  Funchal  on the island of Madeira after 7 days spent in the open ocean. It is only ten minutes on foot from the port to a  cable car .  Our friend told us that the most interesting thing there was on the mountain where we...
We are heading back from Porto Moniz to Funchal. We'll make a couple of stops to admire the surroundings. We are climbing above Porto Moniz. We made a stop. You can see the island in the distance. Maybe this is Porto Santo? Traveling further: We stopped to admire the...
Porto Moniz  is located on the northern coast of  Madeira , where you can swim in natural pools. Except during a storm! We looked at the fish in the  Madeira aquarium  and continued further to take pictures of the surrounding area. This is one of the views from...
The fish at the Madeira aquarium are local, not tropical. We came to  Porto Moniz . The ocean is rough. Our first stop was for dinner because it was included - it took so long! We were given some soup. And espada fish with banana. We decided not to wait for dessert,...
From  the town of Sao Vicente , we made our way toward Porto Moniz along the north coast. The ocean is harsh and powerful here! Below are photos from the bus window. This is a view from the back. Here you can see an old road. There are a lot of waterfalls in  Madeira...
This picture is from the inside of a church in the town of Sao Vicente: On our way down from Boca da Encumeada to S. Vicente. Let's visit the local church. We are going inside. This was the only place that we visited in the town, so we took several pictures of surroundings. Below...
From the observation deck of  Cabo Girao , we made our way to the mountain pass called Boca da Encumeada that boasts a height of 3303 feet (1007 meters). It can get cold up there. There are observation decks at the pass where you can see both the southern and northern coasts of...
From the wine cellars, we made our way to  Cabo Girao  to enjoy the view from the glass observation deck. This is a view from the observation deck of cape  Cabo Girao : Our bus tour continues. Below are snapshots of the views from the bus window. Here you can see...
From the city of  Camara de Lobos , we arrived at the wine cellars. Famous Madeira wine is stored here. To get it, the wine is slowly heated to 113-122 degrees F (45-50 degrees C) and then it is slowly cooled. Madeira can be stored for a long time and the wine is kept warm, not in a cellar!...
Today we had a full day of touring. Our bus was big enough to carry our group of 18 people. The first place we stopped was in the city of Camara de Lobos. I passed it when I was on the tour bus. So, let's go. We are lucky with the weather! This is  Funchal  and the well-known...
We enjoyed a walk along the ocean. The purpose of the walk was to get closer to the district of f Praia Formosa . I was there back in 2009. Here is Praia Formosa, 2015: So, we are going further, getting closer to the ocean. This is a paid beach in  Madeira . We even came to...
We came to Ponta de Sao Lourenco, the "tail" of the island of Madeira . The wind there was so strong! Here is a view from the other side. There was a rainbow! Just a small piece! Here's a view from the left to the right. It's uncomfortable to take photos facing the sun....
In 1419, Portuguese navigators Joao Gonsalves Zarco and Tristao Vaz Teixeira landed on the island of  Madeira.  Now there is the city of  Machico . Machico was the first capital of  Madeira between the years 1440-1496. This is the Church of the Annunciation....
Machico  is the place from which the discovery and development of  Madeira started. There are not many beaches in  Madeira  and all of them are mainly rocky. Machico has a sandy beach. The sand was brought here from Morocco. So, we are on the tour around Madeira...
Santana became a city in 2001. Tourists came here to look at the triangular houses with thatched roofs, where the first settlers lived. Here are the surroundings. In the distance are more modern houses. And here is the coat of arms of Santana. We found this painted stone on the lawn...
Here are the views of  Madeira from the observation deck: So, we went along the levada , on our way to the observation deck. This tourist is already heading back. We came to the observation deck. You can see a stone table for the birds on the left. Here are green...
So we arrived at the trout farm. Look, these leaves look like dandelions! Moss, that can be seen on trees, grows only in environmentally pristine places. This is where trout are bred.  Our journey continues. Walking along the Madeira levada . Here is the map that...
The  Pico do Arieiro  is 5964 feet (1818 meters) and the views from the top are remarkable!  We are on our way to Pico do Arieiro . The road is very beautiful. Here is a view from the bus window. You can see the  Funchal port in the distance. Columns with red...
So, this is  Madeira . Today we had a tour around Madeira Island . Our group was small; only 12 people total.   The village of Camacha is known for being the first place in Portugal where people started to play football (in 1875). Before that, there was no such sport in...
We walked further through the  Monte Garden . We arrived at the Palace. There are different art pieces inside each arch. This hen is real!  Just look at these cones! Here's another small lake complete with fish.  One of the walls is transparent. The big-eyed...
We came to Monte  Palace. I don't remember why didn't go inside the palace, it may have closed that day.  Here is a sculpture near the wall of the Palace. From here, the Palace, you can clearly see the  Funchal port. Just look at these leaves! We make our way down....
Here we are in  Monte Garden : We climbed on the  Funchal Passenger Ropeway to the tropical garden. There is another Botanical Garden that can be reached by another cable car. We'll just visit Monte Garden . It's warm and sunny so we''l enjoy a slow walk.  You can buy...
I went from the  Fort of Sao Jose to the  Funchal Passenger Ropeway . Here's the monument to Cristiano Ronaldo, on the  Funchal waterfront. A view from the back.  And here's the cable car station. I took pictures of the surroundings. We went inside. There was...

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