It’s the most populous region on the island (outside of Funchal) and the bustling coastal towns like Camara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava are great places to get a feel for the day-to-day life of the island.
This is Funchal’s commuter belt, and like the rest of the island it’s not easy terrain. The steep lombas (volcanic ridges) and fajas (flat coastal plains) create an incredibly undulating coastal landscape. Out of necessity, homes are built on terraces cut into the steep-sided lombas – these very traditional-style houses seem to defy gravity: testament to the tried-and-tested building techniques that began with the very first settlers and spread across central Madeira almost 600 years ago.
It’s easy to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the town by heading inland to the Curral das Freiras; the secluded valley where the nuns of the Convent of Santa Clara took refuge from pirates in the 16th Century. A little further west at Jardim da Serra, spring sees the hillsides transformed into white by the cherry tree blossoms, shortly followed by the Festa da Cherja: the colourful week-long Cherry Festival which celebrates the June harvest.
Personal, efficient and informal service which made booking and travelling very straightforward and stress-free.
Thanks again for your help and organisation – this really has been one of the best holidays we’ve ever had.
More than lived up to expectations and a pleasure to deal with a small company.
First class service, nothing too much trouble, communication excellent.
Quality service from start to finish. Immediate support when problems arose.
The service was personal and the team helped me plan a very special holiday (with extra surprises along the way !).
From first contact to the compeltion of our holiday, all staff were extremely helpful and our itinerary was packed with awesome experiences.
First rate holiday, put together by a first rate company – thank you !
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides
Views to die for !
We had the most fantastic time, the accommodation was fabulous, the walks and views were to die for. Insightful tour guides that kept it fun and interesting at all times.