Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Posted on 25 November 2014 @ 2:19pm

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

After our parent port, we arrived in Madeira. It is one of the most amazing islands most of us have ever been to, mainly because of its astonishing beauty. What first caught our eyes were the beautiful cliffs and the landscapes of the island in general. We were greeted by the most amazing rainbow welcoming us to a new harbour full of adventures waiting for us. That breathtaking rainbow was by far not the only one we saw, which is why for some of us, Madeira will be called “Rainbow Island.”

The first evening in port is always the same, only two things really matter: food and Wi-Fi. This was followed by the port program the next day: a visit to the alleged second highest cliff in the world and standing on a glass floor right above it; a hiking tour along what was possibly the muddiest path on the entire island; and a tour of ancient volcanic caves. Over the next two days of shore leave, many of us went up the hill in the gondola, and down the hill in a basket. We had up to three people sitting in one, which was then pushed down the street by two guys with weird hats and thick shoes. At the local market, many of us tried new types of exotic fruit. The entire port was an awesome experience, possibly even one of the best ports yet.