We wound our way up – in fact I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time in first & second gear in the car – the roads are so steep, and most narrow in Madeira. The locals, of course, zoom around. They must curse us tourists.

These pics are form a couple of spots – one from a viewpoint overlooking the Valley of the Nuns, and the rest from the Pico Arieiro. As you can see from the coaches we were not alone on the Pico… but even the large quantities of tourists doesn’t detract from the sense of being at the very top of Madeira. The cloud rolled in quickly. It was special to be above them all.

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