Madeira and its Landmarks

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.

Favourite views of Machico

In these side street views, it is easier to imagine the day to day lives of the people who live here.

Favourite views of Machico Favourite views of Machico

Standing on Rua Banda D’Alem I came upon picturesque views of island life.

Favourite views of Machico Favourite views of Machico

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.

Favourite views of Machico

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.

Favourite views of Machico Favourite views of Machico

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)

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Madeira and its Landmarks

Part Four: Final Shots of Ponta Da Sao Lourenco

Another land form that inspired awe and mystery during our visit were the Deserted Islands or Ilhas Desertas on the south end of the Island of Madeira. There is no fresh water here, no human inhabitants, and probably very little weather on these deserted islands. As far as we know, only Monk Seals, birds and insect life live here year round. There is a research station, but nothing to support day to day modern life. While gazing at these mysterious islands, I wondered if anyone tried to live here at any point in history, and whether they are buried there, or not. Either way, the sight and mention of Ilhas Desertas stirs eerie feelings within.

Ilhas Desertas

A few parting shots…

Parting shots of the ponta Parting shots of the ponta Parting shots of the ponta

NEXT: PART FIVE A VISIT TO MACHICO