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...

It's 5am when my alarm clock wakes me. Time to get out! I shuffle around my hotel room in the dark, splash some water in my face, grab my camera bag and get into the car. My destination: Achada do Teixeira. It's still pitch dark when I arrive at Achada do Teixeira, so before I start my early morning hike to Pico Ruivo I search for my flashlight. At 6.30am I install myself and my camera on top of one of the mountains around Pico Ruivo. The sky...