Highlights Madeira

Porto Moniz - A small village on the north coast, famous for its volcanic rock pools is one of the most beautiful points of the north coast, a road built on the rocks near the sea where we can admire the astonishing waterfalls - cross Paul da Serra (1500m,4,920ft), sometimes referred to as the roof of Madeira. Here the landscape is reminiscent of moorland, entirely different to the lush vegetation of the rest of the island.

 

Santana - Sights to look out for include the traditional houses with thatched roofs, and the vineyards, planted densely along the road side. This part of the island is well known for the variety of agriculture it produces.

Camacha - one of the largest inland villages of the island and the centre of the wicker industry.

Here you can  visit the warehouse which contains all the usual goods, like baskets, trays and chairs, as well as some more unusual items. There are also working show rooms, available  to purchase, or just view the wicker work.

Pico de Arieiro (5,937 ft, 1,818m), from this summit, there are, on a clear day, magnificent views over the north, south and centre of the island. Continue to Ribeiro Frio, where we stop to visit the trout hatchery, tucked into the side of the mountain and surrounded by gardens

Eira do Serrado - it is a short and easy walk up to the viewpoint on Pico do Serrado (3,592ft/1095 m),    for an amazing view down onto the village of Curral das Freiras, which nestles in a deep valley, as well as views across of some of Madeira´s highest peaks.

 

Curral das Freiras was where the nuns from Santa Clara Convent in Funchal fled to escape the pirate raids in the sixteenth century.  The village has always been very isolated, with the road being built only in 1959.

Câmara de Lobos - a picturesque and thriving fishing village, once painted by Sir Winston Churchill during his stay in Madeira.  The area around Câmara de Lobos is one of the most important areas for viniculture on the island.   As we drive through, note the small terraces are carved into the sides of the mountain; as the road climbs higher, the banana plantations give way to grapes.

Local Market - where you can see the local produce of Madeira, including some of the flowers Madeira is famed for (orchids, strelitizias - “birds of paradise”, etc.), baskets filled with tropical fruit and vegetables, local handicrafts and an impressive fish market.

 

 

 

Embroidery Factory -  Here visitors can watch the various stages of design and creation. Large exhibition rooms enable the visitor to admire the full beauty of Madeiran embroidery and other craft items.

 

 

Madeira Wine Lodges - Guided tours and tasting of  the world famous wine, so much a part of the heritage of the island.