We left St. Barts on March 27, traversed the Atlantic Ocean, and arrived a week later at the Portuguese island of Madeira, port of Funchal, some 550 miles/885 kilometers southwest of Portugal. That’s about 3,000 miles/4,800 kilometers east northeast of St. Barts. Our approach was in the early morning hours, and Funchal was still enshrouded in darkness.
Ursula had us set up for a group tour, so we spent our day touring the sights. Along the way we saw some spectacular cliffs:
Our tour guide:
One of our stops was the Madeira Botanical Garden. Here you’ll find perfectly preserved examples of traditional Madeira houses.
Of course, we simply had to hit a local grocery store. Those are a must for both Ursula and me.
Our tour also included a nice lunch at a very charming restaurant: