Peter Bargh

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October 4th, 2015

Lavada walk

What a walk! I just wandered up the street from my apartment in Funchal. It was raining quite heavily and I was feeling lost for things to do as I hadn’t planned a normal adventure due to the bad weather.  I spotted a lavada (drainage system for water from mountains) running along the road side. They are made of concrete and have paths by them, so I followed it…and it took me along the coast but high up in the village hillside so I could see the coast, but was also emerged in rural, walking right through the centre of banana plantations etc. Then the lavada turned inland and gave me a real surprise. They say don’t do lavada walks alone and I can see why! This one turned quite dramatic at parts, and while I don’t have a fear of heights, my legs were wobbling in a few sections of the walk.



October 3rd, 2015

Beer and ice cream drink?

Yes a beer and ice cream cocktail drink, with pineapple chunks! It’s called Nikita and I tried it in Câmara de Lobos (which is were it originates) in the bar that first came up with it.

Nikita - beer and ice cream cocktail


I’d decided to take a day of mountain trekking and took a 5km stroll from my apartment in Funcal around the coast to Câmara de Lobos, and on the way stopped at the lava stone beach Praia Formosa where I sunbathed naked as it was deserted.


The walk takes you through a tunnel cave round the coast and on a wooden track across the beach.

October 1st, 2015

Santana to Funchal

Having done a little research now I decided on a 6 am wake up followed by a 1 hour 30 min bus ride and then a 10 k walk up hilly road to get to the start of today’s walk. Well worth it though as I found impressive landscapes like this. I crossed from north (Santana) to south (Funchal) and ascended the two highest mountains on the island

September 30th, 2015

Funchal to Camara de Lobos

Gentle day walking on the coast from Funchal to Camara de Lobos. Might have been more strenuous if I’d been able to continue round the coast after Camara de Lobos, but I didnt find a way. The route includes cutting through a coastal cliff so you got through a tunnel which brings you round at the other side and onto a wooden path taking you over the rocky beach.




September 29th, 2015


A short walk day today. Discovering Funcal, and the old town, and then along the coast and up to get a higher viewpoint.


September 27th, 2015


From Lisbon (T2) to Madeira (Funchal) EasyJet Flight 7603 07:10am

Bus driver from airport was the best driver I’ve ever encountered. So friendly and helpful. Made it easy to find Residencial Melba Azinhaga da Casa Branca, Nº8, Sao Martinho, Funchal , 9000-110. This apartment was up a hill and through a cutaway onto another road. I asked for a room with a balcony and although there was no view I had some space. The place had a pool and I was the only one using it.  Soon realised Funchal was the place for older couples, who all seemed to hold hands. I was in a newer part, but plenty of restaurants, not far from the beach, and the old town was only about 20 mins walk.