levadeiro/ June 12, 2006/ Madeira, Things To Do, Uncategorized, Weather

There is a special attraction that most visitors to the island are not aware of. Or maybe they find it to scary to do it. For those who have transportation …. they can go to the rooftop of the island (for example Paúl da Serra) 1400m above the sea level and …. see the stars. Mind you … the view is not the same as you can see from Funchal, hotel or at home. On the high planes of Madeira … where there are no artificial lights, no houses or buildings, above the clouds … you can see the stars, the Milky Way …. the Galaxy.

Yesterday night we went by car to Paúl da Serra. Driving at night on a dark road …. in the mountains …. full with curves ….. with no street lights … is an exciting experience. And when we arrived at the high planes …. we had clear sky. The night sky was so full of stars … that it was not that dark. It seemed like a full moon was present and its glow was shining … but there was no moon. Only stars …. millions, billions … zillions!

Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me …. but I even doubt I could capture the image of the stars in the sky with it.

An advice for those who are thinking to drive up there at night:

  • Be careful when driving on the roads at night. Anticipate any possible obstacle in front of you.
  • Drive slowly and take your time. There are a lot of dangerous curves and you are driving in the mountains (it is a long way down).
  • Take warm clothes with you. The temperature will drop considerably the higher you get.
  • Check the weather before you go up driving to that area. Avoid going up when there are too much clouds and mist on the way to the mountains.