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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 

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

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Heading across the island towards the quieter northern coast

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A flower seller in traditional costume in Funchal market

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Rows of red peppers and garlic bulbs hanging in Funchal market

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

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

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

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Fisherman sorting his catch out

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

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

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

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This lonely church offers splendid sea views from its doorway

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

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

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

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  • 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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