Monday, October 16, 2023

15th October 2023 - Catamaran Trip of Madeira's Southwest Coast

On the last full day of my Madeira adventure I went on a catamaran trip from Funchal harbour.  This gave me the chance to take some pictures of Funchal from the sea.

The Santa Maria de Colombo, built in 1998, is a Madeiran pirate ship which is an exact replica of the Christopher Columbus flagship.  This ship is another option for a boat trip from Funchal.

We saw some dolphins who performed for this including leaping in the air.  It was hard to catch a good shot of the dolphins.  All my pictures just show their fins.

On our return journey we hugged the coastline.  Just to the left of centre on the following picture is a lift going from the top to the bottom of the cliff.

There were also some deserted terraces that had been used for agriculture.  Two of the main crops on this part of the island are bananas and grapes.

The hotel I've been staying was in full view just before the catamaran returned to Funchal harbour.  I did not visit tthe adjoining casino.

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