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Started by rgtstoppedcounting on Dec 6, 2017 11:03:06 PM

Just cracked at the thought of the entire festive season here and booked in Funchal for 27th-3rd. Smallish old-school Quinta just east of centre.

Quite happy to loll about in sunny garden with drink and Kindle, but not for a whole week.

Anything else to do?

Jacob_Richter - 06 Dec 2017 23:16:48 (#1 of 21)

Go to a madeira winery? Become an expert on the estufagem aging process? Sample all the varieties in their natural habitat.

My parents used to love Medeira - I've never been but going there is a sign that you're getting old, er, old boy.

Hike the levadas.

Tomnoddy - 06 Dec 2017 23:21:56 (#2 of 21)

Fall in the levadas.

rgtstoppedcounting - 06 Dec 2017 23:28:47 (#3 of 21)

a sign that you're getting old

Not the first, that's for sure. Considered a return to Marrakech after 20+ years but apparently it's rammed with hipsters this time of year.

Bromiohoho - 06 Dec 2017 23:38:50 (#4 of 21)

Visit the large erection in honour of the great Irish benefactor of Funchal, Ronald O'Statue.

phantlers - 06 Dec 2017 23:53:40 (#5 of 21)


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HelenDamnation - 07 Dec 2017 00:18:58 (#7 of 21)

I'd say hire a car and go to different bits - it's an amazingly varied landscape in a very small space - there's a subtropical bit, a bit at the top that's like the moon, a bit that's like Cornwall... Oh and the Christmas decs are something else. Everywhere you look there's a Caspar David Friedrich snowscene or a lifesize nativity featuring stuffed cows. When we went there there was a Santa and reindeer on the porch of the poshest modern hotel in Funchal, and it took several minutes of baffled staring to work out that the reason the reindeer looked weird was that they were taxidermy goats with fake antlers sellotaped to their heads.

Tenesmus - 07 Dec 2017 00:30:09 (#8 of 21)

This has reminded me I need to buy my christmas port.

foghorn - 07 Dec 2017 00:32:11 (#9 of 21)

I took a boat around the sheltered side years ago. Spectacular waterfalls, nice villages, cliffs etc. Went for walks where it was possible and landed in allsorts of agreeable situations.

Woke up after a session of Madiera wine I won at some sort of fete with a stuffed turtle. Taxidermy be a thing there.

Tomnoddy - 07 Dec 2017 05:14:13 (#10 of 21)

Let's be clear. Did you win the wine or the turtle?

elghunden - 07 Dec 2017 06:45:05 (#11 of 21)

I’m going there too! I think I had a thread about it here. Look further down the list.

darkhorse - 07 Dec 2017 06:49:22 (#12 of 21)

Taxidermy Race, prize, one bottle of wine? Foghorn stuffs the turtle in record time, the clear winner.

Bromiohoho - 07 Dec 2017 13:33:34 (#13 of 21)

It wasn't the kind of turtle-stuffing the Madeirans were familiar with, I'll be bound.

rgtstoppedcounting - 28 Dec 2017 22:18:17 (#14 of 21)

Big thumbs-up 48hrs in. Done nowt but wander round Funchal & eat/drink, right enough, but it works for me...

Bromiohoho - 28 Dec 2017 22:33:23 (#15 of 21)


rgtstoppedcounting - 28 Dec 2017 22:35:51 (#16 of 21)

Hungover Levada walks start tomorrow...

TommyDCMBR8 - 28 Dec 2017 23:04:43 (#17 of 21)

Are you uphill? That's what I remember most about Funchal; the fucking hill.

rgtstoppedcounting - 28 Dec 2017 23:12:47 (#18 of 21)

We're almost at sea level, so yes: the entire island is uphill.

Pentecost - 28 Dec 2017 23:20:50 (#19 of 21)

I remember coming down hill on one of those toboggans. You need a cable car or a bus to go up, though.

rgt: I understand that New Year is actually the high point of the tourist season. Will you be there for that?

rgtstoppedcounting - 28 Dec 2017 23:22:45 (#20 of 21)

Yep. Biggest fireworks in Europe, allegedly. 10 cruise ships due.

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