Travel to the island of Madeira
Madeira Island - the largest island of the archipelago of volcanic origin located in the Atlantic Ocean. A large report about the ocean, mountain cows, fairytale forests and much more.
The small town of Porto Moniz in the north-west of the island of Madeira, built on a tiny piece of land between the mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Place quite resort - except for hotels and souvenir shops there is almost nothing. But the breathtaking views from virtually anywhere in the city.
To get into the city from the central part of the island, it is necessary to overcome a fairly steep descent - from its beginning to the waterfront in a straight line on the strength of a kilometer and a half, and the height difference is about 500 meters. Given that the brakes on the rental car at this point is almost covered, our trip on a streamer can be attributed to the category of epic feats - had to stop periodically, in order to block at least a little cool down:
Fortunately, stop during the descent and so are included in the compulsory program of visits to Porto Moniz - along the road are equipped with special pockets where you can stop and take pictures of the panorama. The whole town was located in three frames. The first:
second. Central part. Where most furious instrument is the famous lava pool Porto Moniz:
third. The eastern part of the town. From left to see all the same pool, the right - port, helipad, on the rocks - the restaurant "sperm whale", where we are heading. Beyond the horizon, with the exception of small islands to the North American continent is nothing but water:
Restaurant "sperm whale" - a place that you want to visit is mandatory. The building was built directly on the rocks, in a way, that these same rocks replace part of the walls in the dining room:
Inside you can only get on the bridge, next equipped with comfortable descents to water:
But the most important thing in the "sperm whale", of course, the view. Windows are located quite close to the surface of the water and a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean on both sides:
Behind the glass, just a few meters away from the table, sticking out of the water the rocks. Constantly dashing waves periodically broken cascades spray reaches the window. Very atmospheric place:
Most impressions leaves, of course, the ocean - the water here is of a completely unimaginable colors:
Personally, I really liked the way fits embankment in created nature. Wherever it was possible, the city builders left the rock in their natural form. The mountain slopes above the town are covered with traditional Madeiran terraces - the local use them for growing fruits and vegetables:
Trees in the city virtually none - I saw only small shrubs and trees:
View from the embankment. According to Wikipedia, in the 18th century village is constantly plagued by pirates. Looks like the guys were desperate - the ocean is pretty hectic, and the town is surrounded by razor-sharp rocks:
In fact, the main attraction of Porto Moniz, because of which, as I understand it, basically everything and come here - the famous lava pool with ocean water: General view of the pool. Access to the - paid. If memory serves, the ticket price - one euro. However, the weather did not have - air temperature at this time was 15 degrees, which, coupled with a fairly strong wind, completely discourage the desire to plunge:
In the basin there are several exits directly into the ocean, but something tells me that there is not everyone will come up - too strong surf. And I'm not sure that there is no wind at all.
On the wave can watch endlessly. And only watch live - I've done about fifty shots just to make sure that his experience with pictures is impossible to convey.
Another attraction of Porto Moniz - the local aquarium. Its peculiarity is that it was built on the site of a former fortress of Sao Joao Batista while preserving its appearance:
Dawn over the helipad. In general, species are quite monotonous, but this is not surprising if there is the sense for something to go, so just for unforgettable views of the ocean. The rest - all that is in the city, it is easy to get around for an hour and a half.
Close to the plateau Paul da Serra, on the hillside, there is a small Levada - absolutely non-touristic, is used, in theory, mostly shepherds or cows.
It seems that cows are walking as they want - no shepherds, no masters, no fences and barriers, we have not noticed - only Levada, pathway, and small groups of cows.
The materialization of a bull on the rock, hanging over the road, completely posnosila entire roof. Scala was quite high and steep, looked completely impregnable and it was quite clear: he climbed back?
Cows there is absolutely crazy - as they roam the very edge of the cliff - I would have hardly ventured. Pretty sure was, one of them eventually roll down the slope. But no - the experienced, the grass can get anywhere.
In the background is the road leading from Paul de Serra in Porto Moniz, where we were at the beginning of the story:
Next to the laurel forest. Cows impressively, even lazy. Lying beside the road, obviously bored:
Another small group of cows. Fourth from the left in the second row - a bull. Fortunately, I did not object when a part of heifers retired to the photo shoot. At least at first.
This one was particularly curious - she came, looked sad eyes.
Valley Rabakal and Levada Rishko
Rabakal - a valley in the central part of the island and at the same time the name of a small town, where the entrance to the meadows 25 sources Rishko.
In general, the entertainment on the way to Rabakal virtually none - on the one hand a stone wall on the other - a thick impenetrable bush. With the desired track at all and nowhere to go nowhere. Probably, so I look through the island to its colonization by man:
And here is the Levada. That is, in fact, Levada - a narrow gauge with low-grade water to the right of the road:
If it were not occasionally have views of the valley, and all can be solved, that you walk through the usual forest:
main reason why it makes sense to visit Rabakal - this is nature. Although there is quite a monotonous vegetation, the overall atmosphere is very difficult to convey in words.
on the paddock walk ends with a small observation deck above the precipice, surrounded on all sides by rocks. Feeling - as if suddenly appeared in the middle of skyscrapers. And everywhere - water. Water flows over the rocks on the other hand, the water flows to the right, the water flowing behind. Particles of water mist hanging in the air:
For me, this waterfall - the most memorable place all over the island. I regret only that there were very limited in time, and then be happy to take a walk and to the sources. I understand they will eventually end up in virtually the same place, but on several levels as follows:
The last look and - run back to the valley Rabakal.
Around the atmosphere of tranquility - a soft diffused light, almost complete silence, softly gurgling water:
By the way around the trees hanging over the track, forming a kind of tunnel. Everywhere soars feeling ancient times - although it would seem, even a hundred years paddock there.
Trees in Rabakale some absolutely fantastic forms and shapes. Visually, it is something very similar to the Dancing Forest:
In summary - driving past, it is necessary to call. Time spent on a walk for an hour, and impressions received almost no more than a visit to any other point of the island of Madeira.
São Lourenço Cape
Last sunset in Madeira we've seen in the natural reserve of Ponta de São Lourenço, holding the cape of the same name in the south-eastern part of the archipelago. Nature in this part of the island is completely different from anything we've seen before - for example, where no trees grow and the landscape (at least in March) very similar to the sun-scorched desert:
The road to the most eastern point of Madeira passes by the island's only natural sand beach - Prainha:
Another view of the most eastern point of Madeira - with a stone pyramid. As I mentioned, all self-respecting tourist compulsorily came here to be photographed:
The terrain is a large variety is no different - around rocks, sand, withered grass:
In general, the São Lourenço places suggestive of other planets. The soil looks like it was taken from somewhere from the moon:
In addition to hiking trails at Cape São Lourenço is equipped with multiple viewing platforms:
If you walk on the lookout for a couple of hundred meters away, it offers a wonderful view of the north coast of Madeira:
And the last card from the island of Madeira - the largest island of the archipelago of the same name, located in the Atlantic Ocean.