Arriving in Madeira at the Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport near Santa Cruz we had to make our way to our destination Porto Moniz on the other side of the island. We had several options before us; we could rent a car, take a bus or take a taxi. We decided on the taxi but did regret it, the cost was more than the stay at the hotel! One good thing about the trip was we had a chance to enjoy the scenery on the drive. The route to Porto Moniz carves its way through the mountains. Alex started counting the number of tunnels we went through but lost count after 30!!
After arriving in the airport we took a COVID test and went to the taxi stand.
The road winded through residential neighborhoods and farms.
Breaking through the mountains we reached the coast and started along the coastal road to Porto Moniz.
We checked into our hotel and quarantined ourselves waiting for our COVID test results. We ordered some room service while we waited. After about 8 hours after our test we received our negative results (!) and could leave our room and explore. A wonderful start to our trip to Madeira.