A view of the cliff of Cabo Girao (1,932 ft above sea level). Funchal, Madeira is 530 miles southwest of Lisbon. It juts from the ocean floor some 16,000 feet below
Travelers like George Bernard Shaw, Lord Halifax and the Duke of Kent have savored summer get-aways here
Mention Madeira and you think of Madeiran wine but look at these banana plantations!
Banana trees are actually not a Tree but a Stem. Once a stem produces a bunch of bananas it dies. When the bananas are harvested, the stem is actually cut down. Suckers will grow at the base and begin a new stem
The weather is tropical and some say Eden-like
Winding switch-backs to the cliffs called Cabo Girao