We slept with our windows open. The sounds of the nearby sea are quite loud, but relaxing. At 8:30 hours, we had breakfast in our hotel. It’s an average breakfast, with fresh fruits and sufficient choice. The cakes they offer did not taste like they were home-made. There is coffee and tea, but if you want a cappuccino or fresh espresso, it costed extra. There is no personal attention from the staff. Even a word of good morning is hard for them. Later, in the evening, when we had a drink at the hotel terrace, we had a similar experience.
Walk at Cabo and Levada Nova
After breakfast, we drove to Cabo in the far South of Madeira. The environment there is dry and rough. Our walk started at the white church in Cabo, and then we passed a few villages. Time stood still here, except for some new villas. In what supposed to be the ‘woods’ and along Levada Nova, there were barely any trees. It looked quite depressing. We discovered that a recent fire destroyed most of the beautiful scenery. Luckily, the views on the ocean were still very nice, particularly at the Cabo church.
(This was walk No. 25 from ANWB Wandelgids, ISBN 978-90-18-03422-1, 2011)
After our 3-hour walk, we drove to Seixal via Porto Moniz. Around Porto Moniz, there are stunning ocean views from high above the swell. In Porto Moniz itself, there are two (semi-)natural swimming pools. They looked nice and the waves smashed at the rocks, splashing the sea water into the pools. It’s a pity we forgot to bring our swim suits.
Mountains at Seixal
Seixal looks peaceful and friendly. There are views on high mountains and a nice waterfall splashing into the ocean. We walked down via small stairs to a former harbour, with a quiet volcanic black sandy beach.
Restaurant review: Casa de Pasto Bar Justiniano
In the mountains above Seixal there is a restaurant called: Casa de Pasto Bar Justiniano (street: Chao da Rebeira), where my wife and I had an early evening dinner. My wife ordered Espada (local fish speciality) and I had filled trout. We also had garlic bread and a salad. The dishes tasted fresh and nice. At here, it’s about simple local food. The home-made garlic bread was somewhat fatty. The salad was nothing special, just tomatoes, lettuce and onion. We had a small bottle of ‘BSE’ wine with our dishes. In total, we paid 30 Euros. I rate this local restaurant with a 7 out of 10. I suggest you take a table outside or near the window. The mountain views are nice here.
Snack bar Poente Sol
When we returned to Ponta de Sol, we decided to have some small dishes at Snack bar (restaurant) Poenta Sol. It’s a small (yellow) restaurant above the ocean, with stunning sunset views. The food is less stunning here. We had Polvo (cold octopus salad) and pan-fried shellfish with garlic. As a dessert, we had fruit with ice cream. The fruit came straight from a can and was not fresh. The ice cream tasted chemical. The fish dishes were disappointing too. The only good things here are the views and the fresh orange juice. I suggest to order just a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset and ocean views here. Rating: 5 out of 10.