Holidays on Madeira (part 5)

Today’s trip was all around the island od Madeira. Firstly, we started at Ponta de São Lourenço Nature Reserve which is located at the very eastern end of Madeira. Thanks to its geology and unique species of local flora and fauna, this 9km long peninsula has been a protected reserve since 1982. This area is completely different from the rest of Madeira, which is known for its lush greens. Of volcanic origin, Ponta de São Lourenço is mostly basalt and its vegetation shows off a desert-like landscape with spectacular volcanic rock formations.

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From the most eastern point of Madeira we moved to the most northern town – Porto Moniz. This town owes its name to Francisco Moniz, an aristocrat who lived here in the late 16th century. This place is known for natural swimming pools at which were formed by volcanic lava and are naturally filled with crystal-clear sea water.

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On our way back to Funchal we also visited Ponta do Pargo lighthouse which is Located in the most western point of the island. The lighthouse was built on a 300 metres high cliff.

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Holidays on Madeira (part 4)

Rabaçal valley is located within the Madeira Natural Park, on the northwest of the island, where we walked along the levadas to the waterfall Risco and the 25 Fountains. A levada is an irrigation channel or aqueduct on the island of Madeira. Hiking along these levadas was easy so I had lot of time to take some photos.

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Risco Waterfall
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The Madeiran chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs maderensis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family. It is a subspecies of the common chaffinch that is endemic to Madeira.

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25 Fountains – its name lives up to the number of fountains or little waterfalls around this pool.

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And this is view from Cabo Girão which is the second highest cliff face in the world. The viewpoint’s floor is made of transparent material and only standing on it is quite a breathtaking experience.

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