Another place with lots of mountains!
Lucky enough to arrive in time for a local
religious festival. This consists of a Virgin Mary statue being brought from a
cliff top chapel (above our marina) by sea to the next village and back again.
Each boat is decorated with palm leaves, has a DJ playing very load club music
(album versions!) and is then overloaded with very drunk dancing locals. The
village has shot bars and meat stands set up around the streets. 5
foot kebab sticks are filled with the freshly butchered meat of your
choice, rubbed with salt and herbs for you to cook on a public beach wood
fuelled barbecue, or they will do it for you (us!). 10 Euros buys you 14 shots
of Poncha (much enjoyed by Hellie and Murray) - Caroline stuck to the vodka and
Most of the village drink, drink and eat all night
and stop at midnight the next night once the virgin Mary has been returned to
As Religious festivals go, this one is not listed
in the guides, but is strongly recommended by the three of us (somewhat in
contrast to Ramadan).
Lavada (waterway paths, often cobbled) walking
provides great views of lush mountainous countryside. We first walked lavada do
Tomos. Had a narrow (1 foot) path with a sheer drop down 1500 feet with no
fence. Hellie froze but Murray rescued her by playing trains. Hellie was so
scared she was wet with sweat and shaking. The aftershock left her feeling sick
(and not needing Senna any more). Luckily Hellie was fine for the next one as it
Meat kebabs, garlic bread, fab views, friendly
locals, sea wildlife and alcohol make Madeira a great place to