Before heading to Madeira myself and nelson planned on exploring different parts of Madeira that we never have done before and see places that we may have visited when we was younger but don’t remember as much. So that’s what we did for our 6th day in Madeira and as it was Saturday we planned it around Nelson’s mum day off so we could actually spend our holiday with her.
As Madeira is a small island you can see quiet a lot in one day, we decided to drive all over the west coast, starting from Ribeira Brava and ending in Sao Vicente.
The name of Ribeira Brava derives from a stream of water which crosses it and almost always has a rebellious flow. You can find Ethnographic Museum of Madeira, which exhibits collections of ethnographic objects linked to different social, economic and cultural aspects of the archipelago of Madeira. The Fort of São Bento is also in Ribeira Brava, which currently houses the tourism office, and the Lighthouse where you can climb and overlook Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and the Campanário hills.
Ponta do Sol
Ponta do Sol (Sun Point) is as the name already implies, a region where you will find more sun throughout the year than in any other part of the island. It boast breathtaking landscapes.
Cascata dos Anjos, The Cascata dos Anjos is a waterfall located in the civil parish of Anjos, municipality of Ponta do Sol.
Paul do Mar
Paul do Mar is one of the most important fishing centres of the archipelago. The ocean provides this parish with an incredibly rich variety of fish, to such an extent that it has become a reference in the world of gastronomy.
Until the late 1960s you could only access this fishing village by boat and for the next thirty years the only way to go down there was very slowly and carefully on a dangerous road. Fortunately the new road did not do any damage to the romantic aspect of the village and everywhere you go you can be sure to find peace, authenticity and tranquillity.
Ponta do Pargo
is a charming town in the west coast of Madeira, famous for the Apple festival and well-known for its strategically located lighthouse and beautiful high cliff descending into the ocean.
A lot of people call this town the end of the Island, it’s so isolated from the rest of the island, with its quietness and breathtaking views.
Porto Moniz is known for its natural swimming pools, formed by volcanic lava, filled with crystal clear sea water a high light of Porto Moniz.
As you can see the view from the top viewpoint in Santa, you can see breath-taking views of Porto Moniz.
Our last stop of the day was Sao Vicente. Sao Vicente is where my dad’s side of the family is from and will always have a part in my heart where I have awesome memories, so I make sure to visit every time when I go to Madeira.