We drove past Funchal airport on our way to the east of Madeira. The airport is considered the ninth most dangerous airport in the world and the third most dangerous in Europe due to its location and its spectacular runway construction. Pilots must undergo additional training to land at the airport.
We drove along the coast stopping to view the spectacular scenery including Eagle Rock (which looks nothing like an eagle).
One stop was at a rum factory where, as well as sampling the rum, I had my first taste of poncha which is the traditional drink of Madeira made with rum, honey and fruit juice.
We then continued to Santana where, again, we could see the traditional triangular thatched houses typical of the region.
Our next stop, for some strange reason, was at a trout hatchery in Ribeiro Frio.
We ended the day at Pico do Arieiro which is the third highest peak on the island with a large weather station resembling a golf ball. I didn’t manage to get to the highest point where there were the best views were as I found the altitude challenging.