The nick name for Madeira Island is the Island of eternal spring. The temperatures there are never bellow 15°C and normally never higher than 25°C. These mild temperatures attract lots of elderly people, who find Madeira as their new home.
Due to the mild climate, Madeira is rich in flora. Seeing lots of banana plantation all over the island was a big surprise for us.
Madeira’s beginnings go way back and the island was made as volcano eruption. The island is full of high, steep cliffs and mountains, but these did not stop people from finding place for growing fruit and vegetables. Driving around Madeira will show you many terraces, where each centimeter is well used.
If you ask us, the best way to explore Madeira is by renting a car. Or maybe, if you really are keen of hiking, you better pack good hiking boots and do the exploration by foot. Madeira is for many a true hiking paradise.
No matter how you will explore Madeira, you will get the best of it easily. There are numerous gorgeous and dramatic views for you to see. Hiking on the highest peak Pico Ruivo or just enjoying views from the second highest cliff in the world – it is hard to stay unimpressed.
We have driven around the whole island of Madeira, but our favorite part was the NE. We did not just enjoy the views there, but also its small coastal towns in which we have found a nice little local restaurant La Cala. We stopped here by surprise and we loved the food so much, that we came back on our last day again.
If you will try to find it yourself, head to Carnical town, but don’t expect anything fancy. The La Cala restaurant is simple and with no tourists, but the food is delicious. Don’t leave without trying the Espetada (grilled meat on a stick) and the seafood.
General looking, Madeira was a true culinary destination. We loved the fact that we could eat fresh mangoes, papayas, passion fruit, bananas and other exotic fruits. Who would knew we can find such things in Europe.
Madeira was a great pick for a quick travel. We could say we found our paradise here… well, almost. The only thing for which Madeira can never be our true paradise is lack of beaches, warmer sea and hot summer days. But for everything else, Madeira was great and we recommend it to everyone who’s into nature, exotic feel and good food.