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Route by car through Madeira (II): the mountains inside the island

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After our first route by car through Madeira traveling along the east and north coast of the island we got to know the mountains of the interior.

We leave Cabo Girao in the direction of Curral das Freiras, a small town anchored among the high peaks of the interior of Madeira. On our way through Funchal we made a brief stop at Pico dos Barcelos where you can get good views of the capital.

The population of Curral das Freiras from the viewpoint of Eira do Serraldo

To get to Curral das Freiras we must make a long winding road, something habitual in the island, where we can contemplate the landscape change as we take height. At the end of the road you will find a steep road that leaves us on a viewpoint called Eira do Serraldo (1,095 meters).

From this viewpoint you will have beautiful and vertical views of the circus of mountains that surrounds the town of Curral das Freiras. Around it an alpine landscape with certain tropical contrasts closes the valley and when contemplating this scenario one is not surprised to remember old legends of Madeira where not long ago there were many inhabitants of the island who had never seen the sea alive.

In the viewpoint there is a great establishment of souvenirs and restaurant. At the time we arrived we agreed with a large group of tourists from cruise ships following their relevant flags. We escaped from the place as soon as possible.

Back to the main road, we take the long tunnel that leads to the same town of Curral das Freiras, although we had another interesting perspective of this huge closed valley we found the town with little charm.

Fog over the Arieiro peak

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