madeira portugal

Madeira is a small island some thousand kilometers off the Portugese coast. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean Madeira is the main island of an archipelago with the same name. Madeira is diverse and green, and has, despite its small size, high mountains, highlands and deep alpine valleys. It's only 50 km from the eastern cape of Sao Lourenšo to the western one near the village of Porto Moniz, but you'll pass a variety of landscapes, towns and villages. Going so you'll have spectacular views towards either the north coast or the south.

Funchal is the capital and has small streets in the Old Town (Zona Velha) as well as mondaine plazas. The south coast is the sunny side. Here is next to the village of Camara de Lobos the second highest of the European seacliffs, Cabo Girao. The island has only one, small, sandy beach at Prainha, very near to the cortious cape of Sao Lourenšo where the wind blows through your hair and where the sound of the rolling waves is like music.

The north coast is the rougher one, and especially the part between Porto Moniz and Sao Vicente is amazing. Steep cliffs, an occasional waterfall and a blue ocean. Madeira is an island to dream about. I hope you enjoy my photos. You can navigate by clicking the buttons, the thumbnails or the photos.