a VirtualTourist member asked on Jun 1, 2013
Hi All :)
I am going to visit Madeira soon and unfortunately I can not rent a car.
Is it possible to get to Pico do Areeiro from Funchal by bus? If not maybe there is a bus stop nearby?
The ordinary busses do not got there as the place is often coverd in clouds or snow.
I understabd that going to the highest point on the island is kinda special but it is really not that speacial if you ask me.
there are many other places on the island that are nicer.
not a good idea to rent a car, difficult to drive, very steep, you would not be able to see nothing. better go to Funchal, always discounted minibus tours there to everywhere with max. 10 PAX.
Many thanks for reply!
I went through a lot of forums and Pico do Areeiro is mentioned as a "must see" place. That is why I have it on the top of my list :) Any suggestions where to go instead? All advices will be really appreciated.
I will be in Madeira for a 4 days only... This is what I have in my schedule:
Below I would like to organise on my own if possible.
I think Pico de Arriero is well worth seeing, but it's a little hard to get there because the weather conditions up there can change from minute to minute.
But there are several other places on the island i would recommend before that.
Curral das Freiras that you mention is real nice and so is Camara de Lobos and Porto Moniz.
And don't forget to experience the lavadas a bit.
It's really a unique thing for Madeira.
Just be a little careful as they can have some very steep drops.
Many thanks [VT member 36ade], I will choose a nice levada to walk through for sure :)
No more pole dancing
I got some Madeira pictures at my flickr web page. Click on the link at my profile page and see some pictures. I have been at Pico, has a tremendous view. If the clouds are down, and you are over them (as you can see at my picture), is pretty, if you don’t have clouds is pretty too because you have a beautiful view of the island. The only case that is not cool is when the clouds are just at your level… because you can’t see a thing and is very cold. :D
But before that, I would recommend start by this: Caves and Volcanism Centre of São Vicente ([original link]. After this visit you will understand better the island (not only Madeira but Porto Santo too), and why the east side of the Island looks dry like Mars, and the rest it’s very green… I recommend to contact them, because I’m not sure if they are closed for works. (I think I heard something about that, I’m not sure).
I liked a lot the “Levada das 25 Fontes” and “Risco”, but there are more than twenty Levadas.. Not all of “levadas” are prepared to receive tourist, some are very dangerous. But the main, and the ones that are indicated on tourist common maps, are not difficult and with low risk. In some of my levada walks I took my nieces with 6years old, so I think you can do it too ;)
Of course, i like to swim at the warm ocean water and relax too, so i have to say :4 days it's short. You can do every thing you said in 4 days, but you can't enjoy them, so it's a waste of time and money. At the end, when you catch your flight back home, you will think to yourself: i've been there that's a fact, but i missed everything.
You will need 2 days for Funchal, half day to reach the Pico, half a day for the caves. You have one day left, you will spend it running form town to town? Or for yourself? Relaxing? Shopping? It's too short. It's my opinion.
Your photos are great! I have to do '25 Fontes' levada, it must be an amazing walk.
Of course, 4 days is not enough...But what to do, I have 2 weeks of holidays only and I want to be in so many places :) I plan to see Algarve, go to Porto and visit Lisbon for a while. I spent a week there last year and it was just great. So I am very busy with planning. My schedule will be very tight but I want to see as much as I can in a such a short time.
Many thanks for your advices!
I see that you have a very busy schedule!! :) eh eh... It's your choice. Probably at the end you will send me an e-mail saying something like that: "you were right, and i will have to return to Madeira Island".
I will give one more tip: it's a waste, go to Madeira Island, and don't catch the boat to Porto Santo Island (i have some pictures too). The ticket costs 50euros/person (go and return). It leaves Madeira Island at 7:00am, and need 3hours to arrive at Porto Santo. Than, on the return it leaves Porto Santo at 9:00pm and arrives at funchal at 0:00. So you can enjoy a full day on the beachs of the wonderful Porto Santo bay. It worth the money, the effort, and the day!..
it's my opinion, and because life is too short to waste the little things that the different places have to offer. You never know when you have the second chance to visit the same place again.
Well, most probably you are right ;) I am afraid that I will not have enough time to go Porto Santo unless I decide to stay at Madeira longer, who knows...
I am almost packed and ready for my trip! Hope the festival of Santo Antonio will be a good start:)