EasyJet Flight EZY 8937 from Gatwick to Madeira
Ponta São Lourenço peninsula
Madeira (top) and the Isle of Wight shown on the same scale. (Shameless rip-off from Google maps.)
The official maps are the Carta Militar
(needs Internet Explorer). See also our visit to Arran
another island of comparable size
top is a cross-section through Madeira from west to east.
Five hundred years of development of naval architecture.
The vessel on the left is a (presumably full size) replica of the Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción
which was the largest (!) of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492.
It does half-day trips along the south coast
The old and the new - small fisherman and big ship
The upper part is a copy of
which is linked to from
It has been scaled to match the Independence in size.
Bear in mind that the red bits of the Titanic represent its 10.5 metre, below the water line draught. With a draught of only 8.8 metres and that towering superstructure the Independence seems awfully top-heavy.
Avenida das Comunidades Madeirenses
looking east along the coast. Note how soon the cliffs begin.
looking east towards the fort
Mercado dos Lavoradores - link needed
The famous fish market was finished for the day when we arrived and was being cleaned up
The courtyard, where flowers, fruit, leather and other goods are sold
The Independence of the Seas dwarfs the buildings in Funchal
Homenagem a Bordeira - statue outside the Embroidery Museum
bougainvillea grows out across the wires over the ribeiro
The Jacaranda trees contrast well with the yellow taxis
Note the woman at extreme right taking a photograph. She appears in the same posture on the left of the previous!
Toyota showroom with traditional azulejos
near the Marina shopping centre
the Independence of the Seas seemed to be visible at the end of every street
Farewell to the Independence of the Seas
In the old town restaurant area
the three chimneys on the right are on the
Central Térmica da Vitória
- the thermal power station with 16 diesel generators.
Despite all that water (and a bit of wind power), this station generates 60% of the island's electricity
Cacti are used to create a fence below the cars.
Close up of the cactus fence
When I saw this telephérique, I said "I bet that was built by Austrians" and sure enough it was. See Rancho
for another by Doppelmayr
Me at ease. Teleférico in the background
Looking to the harbour with AIDAaura moored there
In 2016 August there was an extensive wildfire
here. Six weeks later Frank Ardley took this view from the telephérico. The hillside is totally bare. On the left we can see things like fridges scattered on the ground.
Follow the maps link and look at Google StreetView to see the lush vegetation that was there before.
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