Dec 22, 2011

The north and west coast of Madeira, December 2011

On the way down from Paul da Serra to Sao Vicente on the north coast of Madeira

Sao Vicente


Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz at the north western corner of Madeira

Restaurant O Fio in Ponta do Pargo at the south western corner of Madeira

View from Restaurant O Fio

Espada with wine and garlic (espada de vinho e alhos) - Restaurant O Fio

4 villages, Madeira, December 2011.

A steep trail is leading the 550 meters down from Hotel Jardim Atlantico to the village below: Paul do Mar.
Hotel Jardim Atlantico is situated in the outskirts of the small village Prazeres.
Calheta in the main city of the local municipality.
Jardim do Mar is a small village at the sea, close to Hotel Jardim Atlantico.

A steep trail is leading from Hotel Jardim Atlantico to the village below: Paul do Mar.

Paul do Mar.

The harbour of Paul do Mar.

Playing domino at the local cafeteria.

View from the local cafeteria.

The houses in Maderian villages can be divided into 5 categories:
1. Ruins
2. Badly maintained
3. Normal
4. Nicely maintained
5. Big newly build (“show off”)

Many of the houses of category 4 and 5 is probably owned of Maderians from the Diaspora (2/3 of all Maderians is living aboard) who has returned to Madeira. This is an example of a category 4.

Many houses presented their own nativity scenes (in Danish: Krybbespil) - here is an example.

View from Paul do Mar.

On our way back to the hotel from Paul do Mar.

View from the trail to Paul do Mar.

View from the trail. In the middle of the pictures abandoned terraces for agriculture.

View from the trail to Paul do Mar.

The church in Prazeres.


Houses in Prazeres

Alternative (pagan?) nativity scene.

View over Calheta. The promenade and the (artificial) beach is a new construction, while the old town is situated in the lower part of the picture.

A view of the old town

Sunset over Calheta

Jardim do Mar - a village just downhill from our hotel

The old sugarcane factory in Jardim do Mar. Agriculture in Madeira was heavily focussed on export crops, which led to famine when there were pest or export problems.

View from the sea promenade in Jardim do Mar to Paul do Mar.

View to Paul do Mar.

The bird of the day The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) (in Danish: Tårnfalk)

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos (Mudderklire)?

Paúl da Serra, Madeira, December 2011

Paúl da Serra is Madeiras central highland and often shrouded in mist. Paúl da Serra is the longest plateau, as well as the highest one in Madeira Island with 20 square kilometres of area. Due to the 3 thousand mm/year of rain, combined with the topography and permeability of soil and rocks this is like a big reservoir of water for the whole island.

Clouds rolling in over Paúl da Serra from the north coast

Paúl da Serra is used for grazing

There is a big windmill park on Paúl da Serra