I was so unsure on visiting Madeira as every one likes to comment out it’s for ‘older’ people. I’m 30 And found it was just perfect for the holiday I wanted, which was to be outside exploring the views and hiking, not drinking and clubbing like Ibiza. We landed in Madeira the second week of January to a fair climate of 20-22degrees C. There is a cable car right in the centre of Funchal which gives amazing views of the city! Recommend.
We found plenty to do, the gardens are beautiful and green even in January the whole island is very pleasing to the eye. It’s colourful and bright. We arranged two hikes with guides, one was the kings lavada, a 4 hour round hike. It’s very flat and easy to navigate it’s just a case of following the lavada ( a small channel of water) there are lots of lavadas to walk but this one takes you to the source of the water. Our guide was very informative telling us information about the lavadas and their importance to the island. She also gave lots of information about the plants and wildlife we saw along the way.
It’s a pretty walk,very green. Some places can be slippery too sensible footwear is a must. walking through forest for most of it, it can become quite cool and u have to walk behind a small waterfall so a jacket is a good idea.
When arriving at the water source we stopped for lunch which we had to provide ourselves and admired the views. It was picturesque and we were the only people there, a small group of 8. After lunch our guide let us walk back at our own leisure following the lavada. I have attached pictures along our walk of the lavada as words cannot describe its beauty. Look out for my next blog about pico ruivo – the most difficult hike on the island. Not forgetting the dolphins along with local poncha!!!!