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Mad about Madeira

Mad about Madeira

MADEIRA… warm, sunny, picturesque and brimming with local colour. Famed for its ‘Levada’ walks – irrigation canals originally developed to carry water from the northern wet regions to the parched areas of the south of the island – today’s tourist can take their pick of history, culture, adventure, cuisine… so much to see, just allow yourself plenty of time, says Michael Cowton 


Perched high above the capital, Funchal, are arrays of startlingly pretty wild flowers


Heading across the island towards the quieter northern coast


A flower seller in traditional costume in Funchal market


Rows of red peppers and garlic bulbs hanging in Funchal market


Tourists are able to wander around the fish market where the fishmongers ply their trade


Hurtling down the steep, narrow roads in a wicker basket is a tourist tradition in Funchal


Hanging out to dry on a boat in the traditional fishing village of Camara de Lobos, five kilometres west of Funchal


Fisherman sorting his catch out


Locals gather for a game of cards by the bay in Camara de Lobos


Lovely mountain views and wild flowers lie around every corner in the centre of the island


Not exactly a trig point, merely a stone pile on the road to Porto Moniz


This lonely church offers splendid sea views from its doorway


Bathers take a dip in the waters at Porto Maniz, a pleasant town on the north of the island


Porto Maniz offers safe bathing areas in its tidal pools surrounded by rocky outcrops


Madeira may be famous for its sherry, but the island is also renowned for its flowers


  • All images © Michael Cowton


About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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