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MADEIRA: TREKKING ALONG THE PONTA DE SÃO LOURENÇO PENINSULA.

We have decided to go on this trekking after spending a few days in woods and mountains in the middle of the island. We figured a change of location would be a nice contrast to a foggy and windy heights. If this sounded as a complain over past few days, it was not! Far from it. If you know me at all, you know how much I love woods and I would probably choose foggy woods over a beach 9 times out of 10.

Ponta de São Lourenço is situated on the very east point of the island. It’s a barren peninsula with cliffs, and the only way to see it is by foot. There is around 7km long (one way) trekking path along the peninsula, that leads you to the most eastern point of Madeira.

There are amazing views accompaining you the entire time, so despite the barren land, you definitely won’t get bored. Behind every corner, even more photogenic cliffs and scenes appear, which is actually very motivating. Therefore you are always eager to see more and you find yourself at the very end in no time.

On our way back, we decided to follow a small path that descended to the sea and came upon a beautiful beach. Not a tropical kind of beach haha, but the more wild one, with rocks. We were the only ones there and that called for a picnic on a “private beach”. We took a rest and fueled our bodies. It was sunny, warm but not to hot so we almost fell asleep after lunch. After an hour we headed back to the trekking path and continued our walk back to the car.

On days when we went hiking, our lunch was basically anything we could find in a store the day before and most of the time it was fresh bread and some tuna from a can, or a sandwich. Very fancy I know haha, but Madeira is definitely not a place with a fancy instagrammable food, or vegan- plant based food. Restaurants offer mostly sea food (which is really good, by the way) and a lot of different meat dishes. And if you go on a daily trip, you definitely have to have some kind of lunch with you. We had no time or desire to plan our meals. When we travel, our meals are very spontaneous, sometimes monotone, the main goal is to get enough energy for diferent activities we come upon.

That’s how our travel diet looks like briefly. So now I gave you the answer I have been getting sometimes – “do you always eat really helathy and plan your meals carefully?” No, I don’t. Even if my profession is Nutrition, that does not mean I eat perfectly all the time. I try to eat balanced food when I’m at home, but traveling (some travels more, some less) usually ruins my diet haha.

Much more about other adventures in Madeira in next posts, so keep an eye!

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