|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Bedrooms: 2 (one suite; one double-room)
Bathrooms: 2 (one bath; one shower)
Capacity: 4 adults (one child up to 3 yrs is free - we provide the cot)
Children welcome, including babies (up to 3 yrs old can stay for free).
Good for families.
Private car park in garage.
TV 129 stations.
Top floor of 15-flat building (with lift).
Two fronts (east and west).
Small balcony with spectacular mountain and sea views.
200m from the sea.
100m from Express Way to Funchal.
Small garden, barbecue and patio.
I was born in the city of Porto in 1971. And now, this is where I live again! In between, I have 'travelled the world'. After graduating in Astronomy at the University of Porto I pursued a professional career in the area: took my PhD at Jodrell Bank (Manchester, UK) in 1996 and came back to Porto for a one-year post-doc before a 14 yr-long professorship at Madeira University. There I met my wife (in a levada!) and my two children were born. Since babies and until children they lived in the flat I am now offering to you. I have many happy memories there. Then, in 2011, in a bold move, we decided to come closer to our families (my wife is from the north of mainland Portugal; she is not madeiran). I left my professorship behind, became amateur astronomer (again, after 30 yrs!) and now I am working as Science Manager of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto.
Pedro Augusto purchased this apartment in 2001
When I arrived at Madeira to work at the University (in 1997) I stayed at Funchal for convenience. Four years and four places later, I decided to move to the quiet madeiran countryside, but to a place that would at the same time be beautiful and sunny. So I picked the sunniest spot in the island at the friendly and small town of Ponta do Sol. The building was the first built in town, in the year 2000. So I bought it new. I had the chance to pick a flat at the ground floor, with a huge balcony. Instead, I prefered one with at the top of the building with a small balcony but full of light all year and with amazing views towards the mountain and the sea. How much better could it get? I did a mortgage, yes, but that is already cleared out and since 2009 I am the actual owner of the flat (and not my bank!). My children were born there. I had the best years of my life at Ponta do Sol. I cannot forget my very early Sundays walks around the mountains path of Ponta do Sol and Ribeira Brava. Later Calheta too. If we could go back in time, we would never have left our Ponta do Sol home. So, please make the best of your stay in it for us!
The view and proximity of the sea are, obviously, the first impression when arriving at the flat.However, as a living experience, the whole year brightness inside is outsanding. Painted in white inside and clear yellow outside, all light is invited in through generous-sided windows in the east and west. The entrance is clear of ceilings and this helps getting light inside, although in rainy days you get it in your head during the 4m from the lift to the house.
If you are into nature, as most people that come to Madeira are, and have no car, you have several options. Starting from the apartment you can go walking all the way up until the church of Monte (not Funchal!), about 30 mins away. Not much higher up (20 mins) you reach a levada (water channel) that will take you to Prazeres (many hours, many km away). Easy walk. And coming back to the flat is easy too! You can also go walking on the other side of the 'ribeira' (small river), again going up by the cliff side (old roads, mostly, little traffic) until you reach the church of Lombada (30 mins walk). From there starts a famed levada that will take you for a few hours into the 'ribeira' itself. There is a path that takes you to a higher level levada which includes a tunnel in its long winding around. I will be happy to send you a sketch of this nice walks!
If you are into beach-going, Madeira has very few sandy beaches. Right there at Ponta do Sol you have a nice flat 'calhau' (rolled stones) to catch some sun rays or enjoy the warm sea. If you are sand-obcessed though, you have an artifitial beach in Calheta, about 10 mins away by car (west).
If you are into history, make sure to visit the centre of the town with its centuries old church, two old chapels and other few old buildings. The old harbor is also remarkable. If you have a car, you can give a quick visit to Lugar de Baixo (2 mins; 20 min walking) where an old manor house is the highlight (Casa dos Esmeraldos). You can go further to Tabua (old church) and Ribeira Brava - a large town with plenty to see. Towards the west you can also visit Calheta (10 mins by car) where, besides the old church, you have one of the three last fully working Sugar Cane facturies in the island. The machinery has been working for over 100 years! A museum in itself.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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