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What I Missed on Madeira
I rarely write about what I missed... but due to the short time and lots of rain, it was impossible to see enough of it.
I still miss the lush green island and would love to revisit some time... Better sooner than later!
The island does require time to explore. You shouldn't just "hop on and fly away", I reckon it requires at least a week for visiting.
Funchal in the evening from the São Tiago Fortress
You should take the time to see the west, the central Curral das Freiras, the east and even check out the peaks - Pico Ruivo (1862 m) and Pico de Arieiro (1818 m) are the highest ones - you might want to climb at least one of them then, you should also spend time in Funchal, perhaps at least a night in Câmara de Lobos and also explore Faial (breathtaking scenery!) and there's a lot more...
When in Funchal, don't miss the Botanical Garden, like I did due to lack of time...
I also missed visiting the huge Christ statue at Garajau, not far from Funchal. Buses can take you there.
Huge anchor to climb! (Yeah, I did...)
Hikes can be great experiences. Madeira is full of vast and dense green rainforests. The paths are well-maintained and many of them are cobbled roads.
The levadas are unusual irrigation channels that must be seen up close. There are plenty of them in the Funchal, Prazeres areas and in many other part of the island... But it's better to take a hike in order to see them!
It's a big island that seems even bigger when you're there.
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