Funchal | Photo diary

July 21, 2015

Staying just outside of Funchal we had the best of both worlds in our AirBnb apartment, with the city on one side and mountainous walks along the coast on the other. This was my first experience with AirBnb, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. As someone who loves to experience local life wherever I travel, it genuinely felt like we were coming home to our own place each night after a long day exploring. You can see the view from our balcony above – quite something to eat breakfast in front of each morning – along with a few photos of what will be known as the most over-worn hat in history and a banana plantation we were surprised to stumble upon.

We were in Madeira to celebrate the wedding of one of my best friends, Lizzi, pictured above walking down the aisle, and her husband, Tom. Everything about the day was beautiful – from the backdrop of blue sea and rugged coastline, to the bride herself and the atmosphere of celebrating such an amazing day whilst on holiday in the sunshine. I’ve always loved the idea of getting married abroad and this experience absolutely confirmed this for me. There’s also the fact that any sign of rain on my wedding day and all hell would break loose, so it’s probably safer to plan outside of London.

We spent a lot of time at Doca do Cavacas (above), mentioned in my recent post, ten reasons to visit Madeira. This particular spot is reason enough on its own to return, and not just because of the size of the sangria. A restaurant perched above the rocks with incredible views, it also offers weary beach-seekers a place to relax for the day, complete with authentic beach bar, incredibly cheap cocktails, and beautiful rock pools to swim in.

Have you ever been to Madeira? What did you think?

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