Nearly two years now since our last visit but still remains firmly in our memory and it felt right somehow to do another post on this amazing island.
We stayed in Calheta which is much quieter but visited Funchal for a day and definitely wouldn't have wanted to miss it.
The highs ....
The cable car ride is a must for panoramic views over Funchal.
I'm not much of an adventurer and a little nervous about doing anything out of the ordinary, but it would have been daft not to do this!
Please, if anyone is lucky enough to go sometime soon, can you take some photos from the cable car to confirm that some of this beauty has been restored. It would be lovely if you can share with us by email. Happy to credit you with the images. We just want to know all is well once more.
The lows .....
Ah you see I mean at ground level! You must walk along the promenade, actually you'll have to, to get to and from the Cable car.
Take the kids to sit in the ice cream cones and buy ice cream of course! Plenty of choice here and delicious.
Oh and for the adults Poncha is the Madeira drink of choice, specially for celebrations. It's made from sugar-cane rum, honey, sugar and lemon juice. Yes, indeed, absolutely delicious, easy to drink and very potent. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Where to stay. Well of course we can only recommend where we stayed in Calheta at The Savoy
However, there are many many places, of course, and if you can recommend please get in touch we're always pleased to hear of recommendations.
There is so much to see and do and I could go on for ages ...... but if you want to know more ......
Another high is the tropical gardens which is at the top, once you disembark the cable car! Prepare to be amazed :)
If you're going you will be sure to have a truly wonderful experience.
Enjoy and be sure to share with us!
And we will be sure to share with you another beautiful island very soon. :)
Bye for now and as they say in Portuguese 'Tchau'
See you soon = te vejo em breve