A Look Around Madeira in January

Things to do in Madeira in January

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.

machico christmas decorations
machico christmas decorations
machico christmas decorations
I’m not sure why most of their nativity scenes are based around oranges but this particular one outside a church was massive: there were even cages with live chickens, ducks and rabbits which confused us greatly. In late afternoon, my sister and I got a bit restless so went to join my dad, brother and cousins at my grandparents house. This was quite a short lived trip as once my dad uttered the words “Your auntie Gilda has cake at her house”, we all instantly ran for the car (literally, ran). It was good cake though.
We also took a trip to Madeira Shopping during our stay. While there are well-known European brands such as Zara, Bershka and Pull & Bear, it made me very grateful for the wide variety of shops we have in the UK. After spending an hour or so there, we got on with seeing more of the beautiful island. We had a penchant for high places it seems (not that you have much of a choice, Madeira is actually a dormant volcano and so is pretty darn hilly) and visited the viewing platform in Cabo Girão as well as Pico do Arieiro which is the third highest point in Madeira.view of madeira from Cabo Girão
pico do arieiro
above the clouds
pico do arieiro

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.

view of funchal
It also frustrated me how there was a great big pillar preventing me from getting the plant dead centre in the image above.
Landing back in England with the biggest bump a few days later (thanks to the crazy storm wind) made me determined to escape the rain more often and visit beautiful places as much as possible.
Laura x

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    January 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Madeira looks absolutely stunning! x

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    Sophie Hawker
    January 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    These pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing 🙂


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    January 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    What a stunning location and you capture it so well in your photographs. I just love those paintings upon the walls and doors, reminds me of similar things I once saw in Krakow.

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    January 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I know I have said this before but if love your photography. It's so bright and clear, makes me want to hop on a plane so badly!

    Danniella x |

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    Lauren Wanders
    January 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Amazing photos, looks stunning!

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    January 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    wow, this looks amazing 🙂 really beautiful place! Very jealous 🙂

    Katie xx | Katies World

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    March 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Your post really makes one want to go to Madeira! I am ready to pack my bags! Thank you for sharing.

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