If you follow the route from Sao Vicente to Porto Moniz on Madeira, you must find some time for the rocky islands Ilheus da Ribeira and Janela. It’s not a very popular place, but definitely worth seeing. Next to the of Ribeira da Janela town, right after leaving the Casais Tunnel, turn right. The road leads down, towards the ocean. After a few dozen meters you will see the islands Ilheus da Rib and Ilheus da Janela. These are actually skeletons, i.e. soaring rocks protruding from the ocean, against which the waves are crashing strongly. From the rocky beach, you can also climb the stone stairs to the small terrace.
There is a big car parking and a free toilet. What is more, there are practically no people here. We’ve spent at least an hour photographing and in the meantime, maybe two people showed up on the beach – also the photographers ;)
This place is extremely photogenic! I like the wild, even dramatic appearance of these wind-shrouded cliffs and the rough north bank of Madeira. The hole in one of the rocks is a natural window, which creates a room for a creative photography.
The cliffs can be seen not only from Porto Moniz, but also from a small rocky beach east of the port. The river Ribeira da Janela, whose name comes from the rocks, meets the sea there.
This post is very short, but I had to show you this place and the effect we achived on the photos. Sometimes they say more than a thousand words. And Ilheus da Ribeira and Janela proves that it is worth going off the beaten tracks!
The photos you can see in this post are the effect of my collaboration with Michael. We believe in the synergy effect, which is why we have decided to work together during this trip. We hope that it will be an inspiration for your European trips.