Madeira can be the perfect spot for a vacation with your lover, to indulge in a romantic getaways and the beautiful surroundings.
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It was great to experience the romance of this island, and to top it off, that night we had our dinner under the stars, and listened to some great music being played by some of the locals. The next morning we took a trip to the harbor of Funchal. The blend of the metropolis and the tranquility in this harbor was overwhelming. This place also boasted of a wide variety of delicious seafood. And there were several boats on hire, on which we took a few rides around the island. I feel this is one of the best ways to discover most of the island, to experience the island from a different view, and to enjoy the cool peaceful breeze.
Friday morning. There’s always a big rush in the market hall of Funchal, because this is the official market day, and crowds of people come here. There is a luxuriant variety of exotic fruits and vegetables here, and you can’t help but stare wide-eyed, as you push ahead in the crowd, to try every single fruit available. Anonas, papayas, Brazilian cherries, passion fruit… the variety is endless. Particularly exceptional is the “Madeira banana”, which is almost divine to taste. It is half the size of the small bananas but ten times as sweet! There are also several fish mongers, and florists who complete the perfect little market in Madeira.
The next day, we took a trip to the steep coast of Madeira. This was the second highest one in the world with a height of 560 meters! I can assure you the view down can be terrifying, but definitely exciting. Another perfect day, and I began to get quite tired, with all the walking and exploring. We decided to call it a day, actually it was well over three days, and we just lazed in the beauty of this island. It was romantic, doing nothing but indulging in the fine wine and the food.
This little island can almost turn a vacation into an adventure travel if one does not watch out for the signs! We took a west trip, and we were shocked to see the roads of Madeira from the bus. We were overlooking the cliff on one side, and the road was almost exactly the same width as that of the bus! One thing I can assure you, whoever has learnt driving here, would have no fear of either death or the devil. We also came across a small waterfall, or a cascade rather, that gushed down from above the road, and leapt into the sea below. It was like a getting a bus wash. This cascade was called the “The Bride Veil”, and it did look like a veil, pretty much did.
The whole ride was beautiful, and after the west well explored, we headed back to our hotel, and swam in our pool. Well, what can I say? At times I wondered if this island was a vacation or an adventure camp. But the place is so beautiful you would hardly notice the fitness regime amongst all the exotica in this island.
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