Stay in Madeira - Day 5: South west, sunny coast
Visit the south west coast of Madeira, the sunny coast where the villages abound or flourish on its methodically arranged slopes and cultivated, a multitude of exotic fruits and vegetables...
You will start this day with a visit to the picturesque village of Câmara de Lobos, its small fishing port and colorful boats. It is the local fishermen who discovered, at the end of last century, the "peixe espada" (scabbard fish) which is today one of the culinary specialties of the island and it is here that was born the famous "poncha", based on rum, honey and lemon.This is followed by a visit to the prestigious Madeira wine producer Henriques & Henriques. Founded in 1850, it is the only one that operates its own vineyards.
Our next stop is the Cabo Girão seacliff, which rises 580 meters high for an impressive view from its glass structure overlooking the ocean.
Then, either we join the Fajã dos Padres (this parcel of land, which owes its name to the Jesuits who lived there and cultivated the vine, is a rock cliff accessible by cable car) for a guided tour of the organic plantation, followed by 'a tasting of Madeira wine from the Owner's Cuvée (minimum 5 people) and a lunch by the sea. Either we will have lunch at Quinta das Vinhas, a house built in 1685, housed on a 3ha vineyard, in an exceptional natural setting, facing the sea.
Then we leave for the intimate and charming village of Ponta do Sol, located between two cliffs on the coast. During the economic boom of Madeira, due to the cultivation of sugar cane, Ponta do sol (the tip of the sun) was one of the most prosperous communes.
Your next stop is the village of Calheta, where sugar cane farming predominates (to meet the demand of rum producers and honey cake) and banana, which is also home to one of only two sandy beaches in the island. You will visit the rum distillery and taste - probably - the best cane honey cake produced on the island.
Your next visit is to the village of Jardim do Mar where everything is discovered on foot. It is a haven for nature lovers where it is good to get lost in the lanes decorated with the typical Portuguese pavement, lined with flower gardens, with the ocean as far as the eye can see!
The return to Funchal is made by the local road that takes the height while slaloming on the mountainside, offering magnificent views of the coast and the village of Paul do Mar, nestled below the steep cliffs overlooking it.
You will dine at the inn Ruel, in the old town, an address renowned for the irreproachable quality of its dishes and its service, the opportunity to savor the braised tuna (subject to availability).
Overnight in Funchal, in the hotel of your choice: Hotel Castanheiro, Hotel Quinta Penha da França, Hotel Penha França Mar, Hotel Orquidea or Apartamentos São Paulo & Alegria (for more information, please consult the list of partners).