After returning from the New Year festivities in Funchal after 2am, a lie in seemed like the nicest way to spend the first morning of 2014. It felt a bit surreal to wander outside to catch some rays in January but I loved every second! This was probably the most chilled out day of our trip to Madeira in January and I took a lazy walk around Machico to have a look at all the Christmas decorations dotted about the town.
When we’ve visited Pico do Arieiro in previous years, we’ve been standing literally in the middle of a cloud. This time however, it was a clear sunny day so we were actually standing above a lot of the cloud so you could see more of the landscape. My outfit was probably a bit inappropriate though, as the temperature shot down from 20 degrees to 11. It depressed me to think that England was still colder than that in the daytime! After the long journey back down to Funchal we decided an ice cream was much needed – I went for a simple but delicious chocolate cup.
We also paid a visit to the ‘old town’ in Funchal where the doors in the alleyways are all painted with beautiful images.
For the drive back to Machico, my dad decided to take us on a longer journey through the old roads rather than the new motorway through the mountain tunnels. It was here that we came across a stopping point where you could see the whole of Funchal and as it was conveniently timed with the most beautiful sunset, my camera was whipped straight out for numerous photo opportunities.