The next stop is your primary destination for the day, Santo da Serra. Sundays are the weekly fair and market in the village which is very popular among locals. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this spectacular collection of vendors and mingle with the locals! All along the main road, you will find a wide assortment of food and other goods at very reasonable prices. After all, this is a local experience, so the prices reflect what they are able to afford. This tranquil village is set on a plateau that overlooks Machico. There are stunning views of the surrounding forest, populated by chestnut, acacia, and elderberry trees. In many ways, Santo da Serra is a throwback in the time since their agricultural endeavors are still carried out using the techniques of older generations.
When you depart Santo da Serra, you will head down to Machico on the coast. It is here that the first settlers began to cultivate sugar cane in the 15th century. It is a beautiful village with mountains to the west and forests and grasslands toward the interior. Machico was actually the first capital of Madeira and the site first settled by explorers.
At the end of your adventure on the island, you will have had the opportunity to interact with the locals and experience a bit of their life. Not many experiences allow you to do that! Having a wealth of wonderful memories to share, you will be driven back to your Funchal cruise port.
Spend a Sunday exploring the countryside and small villages of Madeira island! You will have the opportunity to see how the people of Madeira live in their small villages, each of which is isolated from the others due to the terrain!