Lovely apartment, very helpful owners
We stayed for three weeks at Casa Serena, Jan 17th to February 6th.
The apartment was superb, very clean and well equipped. Brian and Catherine were extremely helpful with local knowledge. The weather was poor and around us several landslides cut off the main routes to Funchal resulting in having to use the mountain roads, a bit hair-raising at times. Absolutely essential to have a hire car but make certain you check it our before driving off, especially tyre pressures.
We love levada walking but this was also a bit tricky with slippery conditions and mud slides.
We enjoyed good local resaurants,( make a point of going to the "look-out point" just outside Arco Calheta, best coffee on the island, and stunning views.
If you are planning a trip to Madeira we would heartily recommend Casa Serena as a base for exploring the island.
All in all we enjoyed ourselves, but if we returned we would probably opt for March/April.
Mike and Carol Langstaff
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike & Carol, for your lovely comments about the apartment.
We are glad you came to escape the very cold winter weather in the UK. Here the weather was a bit mixed ,but there was always some sunshine around for you to enjoy a little relaxation in the garden,(18-21C ).
When in Madeira over the winter, if you choose the higher lavada walks it will be cooler as they get up to 1800m ASL, so best to use the lower lavadas which provide some fantastic walks with scenery to complement whole experience.
We have another main road opening soon this will give you a choice of four different ways to travel round the island or go to Funchal, but you can not beat the old roads ,which are very quiet, to get the feel of the island
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