Saturday, December 08, 2007


Upon arrival we knew we should have allowed more time to explore the unique island of Madeira. The island is comprised of steep once volcanic peaks that rise sharply out of the sea. There are no sandy beaches, only dramatic mountainsides or cliffs created through erosion. One side of Madeira is lush while the other is more arid as shown in my photos. Quinta do Lorde Marina is at the end of the arid side. The island is laced with man-made terraces that allow for farming (and hinder erosion), and tunnels through the mountains.

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