PART SIX: FAVOURITE VIEWS OF MACHICO, MADEIRA
Away from the busy capital city of Funchal Madeira is the third most populated city of Machico. In this smaller town, the population of about 20,000 residents are mostly older and so the streets are much quieter.
Lovely and secluded alley ways show glimpses of the mountainside.
In these side street views, it is easier to imagine the day to day lives of the people who live here.
Standing on Rua Banda D’Alem I came upon picturesque views of island life.
Storm windows are very popular here, and nearly every window I have seen has one. The aesthetic effect is quaint and furthers the island life feel.
The door knocker is a hand- I am unsure of how new or old this is, but I love the originality it provides for. My own home in Canada features original door knockers, and I have always felt that it adds so much character to any home.
A Machenesque street dog saying hello. Never fear, the dogs that roam these streets are friendly and do not bother people.
Last but not least of the views of Machico: an alley way that leads to the unknown. My imagination ran wild with this one, because I can only dream of how many lovers have met secretly in this tunnel, and how many more will meet again in the future.
Next: Part 7 Structures of Our Lady of the Mountain (Nossa Senhora do Monte)
PART FIVE A VISIT TO MACHICO
Machico was the original capital of the island in the early days of its settlement. It was first settled in 1491. As I understand it, Machico was only favoured until they discovered Funchal, which is about 20 minutes or 17 kilometres further West.
In the town square, you can see an old public water fountain circa 1929. The architecture shows evidence of Machico being a very old city, and much of the streets are cobble stone, and feature a rustic look.
The large mountains act as a protector of the small town.
A small feline Machiquenise resident of the town of Machico.
A bridge crossing a creek in the town. The creek leads to the ocean and beach area.
An East facing view of the town. As you can see, there are mountains in the East and West of the town, with the beach at the southern tip.
The southern tip of Machico- the beach with imported sand. During the winter months, the locals are rarely at any beach as they describe 20 degree Celsius weather as “too cold”. Most of the people here are all tourists from colder regions. Regardless of the temperature, the view is lovely.
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