The History Of Ribeiro Frio’s Name In Madeira
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The traditional community of Ribeiro Frio in Madeira – see http://www.love-madeira.com for more information regarding Madeira – is a adventurous holiday-maker’s choice location. Mostly hidden by the mountainous interior of the rugged terrain that defines Madeira Island, it is definitely worth a visit – if only to uncover the cold mystery that it conceals. Ribeiro […]
Ribeiro Frio, just 10 miles from Funchal, a detailed map can be found on http://www.love-madeira.com/funchal-map.html, has been aptly named by the Portuguese inhabitants of the island. For the local Madeiran, it signifies only one thing – and that is Cold River. Which is exactly what the translation of the Portuguese name means. Once you have visited, you will also memorize the village for that single one reason as well – an exceedingly cold river!
Appropriately, that very same river gives birth to the chief reason why you should want to take the trouble to journey to Ribeiro Frio in the first place.
Once you have arrived at Ribeiro Frio you might possibly be incline to feel a little disappointed. Before you get to fully appreciate the village, Ribeiro Frio may appear to have little else apart from than a solitary restaurant, a small bar and a rather lonely looking shop. However, do not misjudge this delightful rural village, for, those in the know, there are a number of interesting aspects that, granted, may need a little effort to find.
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Barely 20 metres down from the centre of Ribeiro Frio you will find the regional government operated, trout farm. The farm, is always open to the public. Rather unusually in this day and age, the entrance charge is exactly zero! Here, you can walk around the pleasantly planted grounds whilst you mingle in and out of the numerous trout ponds. The uninspiring, plain, white, rectangular nursery ponds serve their purpose and little more. In complete contrast, the round brickwork, greenish tint of the adult ponds undoubtedly will leave you mesmerised, gazing into a continuous dance of rainbow trout swimming almost as if one. Further, each tank is replenished by the chill, fresh waters of the nearby river that gives the village its name.
During your visit, try and find the time to take one of the best walks in Madeira. Over from the fish farm, head a little further down the road to pick up the beginning of the levada walk to the Balcoes – which translates as the Balcony. This is a flat walk that should take you little more than 30 minutes each way. At your destination, the balcony platform, you will be amazed at the panoramic view of the hydroelectric power station at Faja da Nogueira in the valley that stretches out before you. In the other direction, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the ocean. As you return to the village centre, take some time out to appreciate the plants and birds that make this their home. And, of course, the bridge you cross will take you over the Ribeiro Frio river.
Having explored the village, the local restaurant is where most of tourists finish their day.
Finally though, before you set off for a well-earned night’s sleep at your hotel, there is one last thing that it is almost mandatory for visitors to Ribeiro Frio to perform. Find a choice spot that offers easy access and stretched down to dip your fingers into the ceaseless flow of the river. From the instant that your fingers touch the surface, you will be left with a lasting memory, and you will always remember just why Ribeiro Frio was so called.
Ribeiro Frio is one of the places visited on the East of Island tour offered by Sunrise Madeira Tours.
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