We were supposed to hike in the mountains at Encumeada today, but while carefully steering our car through thick mist and pouring rain on the Paul da Serra plateau, we conclude we need a plan B! Since on Madeira, you can always find good weather somewhere on the island, we decide to leave the plateau in search of sunlight. While zigzagging down the steep mountain road, the weather is significantly improving with every descending meter. We are clearly going in the right direction. When we arrive at Levada...

This is a short and relatively easy hike. You can combine it with a visit to Funchal, taking the bus to Eira do Serrado from there. An old, steep cobblestone path will lead  you from Eira do Serrado to Curral das Freiras, offering great views along the way down. We are starting this hike just past noon. We have spend the entire morning in Funchal, getting out of bed very early to see the city awake. After walking the boulevard for some time and visiting the old market, we...

Wow, I really want to share this drone video with you! The film maker (Claudio) has captured all the different elements that make Madeira so perfectly. Beautiful, serene footage of the shores, the mountains, waterfalls and the magestic forests of Madeira, combined with great sound recordings. Love it! Brings me back to my favourite island.    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtmTr-99_BU[/embedyt]...

This is a short walk to the Garganta Funda waterfall at Ponta do Pargo. There are a lot of great lookouts on the west side of the island, and this is one of the best. See for yourself and enjoy the waterfall, rugged cliffs and ocean view at the end of this stroll.   MIRADOURO GARGANTA FUNDA The way to Miradouro Garganta Funda is easy to find, there are several signposts in Ponta do Pargo showing you the way. Just follow the 'Miradouro Garganta Funda' signposts and you simply can't miss...