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Madeira, Portugal


Madeira is a Portugese territory, discovered in 1419 by Henry the Navigator.  It is located some 700 miles south west of Lisbon, and is a popular tourist destination.  It is best known for Madeira wine, but also exports bananas to the mainland.  One thing you notice right away, everything is on a hill side… very little flat land in Madeira.  The farmers still use old hand methods since tractors will not work well on the steep slopes.

Our cruise ship docked in Funchal, the main city of Madeira.  We had a very interesting tour that included the Cliffs of Madeira (2nd highest in the world), the banana farms, a Madeira wine tasting, and a visit to downtown Funchal.

Early morning arrival

Early morning arrival

Some fine looking ships in the harbor

Some fine looking ships in the harbor

Everything is on a hill

A fishing village

Drying sharks

Drying sharks

Some colorful local boats

Some colorful local boats

A local, contemplating fishing (?)

A local, contemplating fishing (?)

Everything is on a hill side

Everything is on a hill side

Looking down from the cliff top

Looking down from the cliff top

The Cliffs of Madeira

The Cliffs of Madeira

Must be hard to find a place for a soccer field

Must be hard to find a place for a soccer field

Inside the Madeira winery

Inside the Madeira winery

An artist shot of the wine tasting

An artist shot of the wine tasting

What we really did at the wine tasting

What we really did at the wine tasting

Local flowers

Local flowers

I think this was Henry the Navigator

I think this was Henry the Navigator

A local church

A local church

Downtown Funchal -- lots of taxis

Downtown Funchal — lots of taxis

A downtown fountain

A downtown fountain

Funchal Harbor

Funchal Harbor

  1. jaap en inge van Kampen
    December 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    beautiful pics!!!

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    jaap en inge/ina van kampen-laninga

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    Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:02:36 +0000 To: kamplan@hotmail.com

  2. Zargo
    December 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    lovely pictures 🙂

  3. December 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This is a fabulous little Island and I hope that someday I will return for another visit 🙂
    http://europeanholidayreviews.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/white-waters-hotel-machico-madeira/

  4. December 27, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Madeira Island tour is a great place for fish or whale watching including boating.Thank you for sharing Madeira Island Tour information.

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