It’s finally time for me to share the rest of our trip today. We ended our trip with some fun in Madeira, Portugal celebrating the wedding of a beautiful couple. While there, we had a little bit of an “itinerary” for out of town guests, should they wish to participate which was really nice!
It was 2 am before we finally reached our Airbnb. After meeting with the owner quickly for the keys, we headed to bed. Jess and Jeff arrived around 10 am to our place (we stayed together!) and we set out for the Lava Pools!
If you ask Logan what his favorite part of Madeira was – he’d say these pools, hands down!
The Lava Pools are a natural man-made swimming pool made from lava rock with the ocean tide sweeping in. We all were under the assumption that the pools would be almost like a hot spring… I mean, the name has lava in it BUT these were nowhere near warm!
After the pools, we headed back to the Airbnb to relax a little bit before walking down to dinner.
Today, we had bachelorette festivities all through Madeira!
The bride is from Madeira so it was really fun to help her with a scavenger hunt to get to know the city better!
First stop was a selfie with Christopher Columbus! He spent a year in Madeira learning how to sail before he made his voyage to America.
Next, we headed to see Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue as he’s from the island as well!
We stopped by one of their wineries for a tour and tasting of Madeira wine.
Side note, their wine is all port wine – at 22% alcohol content, it was crazy strong! And since I really just love sweet wine – it wasn’t for me!
We made a pit stop at one of Lara’s favorite bakeries and tried her favorite; their traditional cake! While enjoying that, I also tried some gelato because #whynot
Our last stop before dinner, we headed to a little hole in the wall bar (so cool though!) and enjoyed a shot in a chocolate shot glass! After we took the sweet shot, we got to eat the chocolate cup 🙂
Dinner was at a cute little restaurant that had the BEST Sangria and bread!
We walked through the city and they have the cutest cobblestone roads all along the ocean that we later met the guys at and “partied” on!
We went back downtown Friday with Jess and Jeff and enjoyed more Sangria 🙂
We also enjoyed some great pasta before heading back to the condo to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.
The rehearsal dinner was so much fun! There were probably 50 people and not only was the food amazing…
but the performers were so fun as well. We could all feel Lara’s culture through and through!
This was our last day in Madeira (and on our trip) and the day of the wedding! Logan and I started our day late – or I should say HE started it later 🙂
But we walked back downtown again to look at a few places and then grab a quick lunch.
I had Sangria one more time and this time… not so great! Turns out, not ALL Sangria there is amazing! ha!
We had to stop for some gelato before heading back to get ready for the night.
The wedding ceremony was at a church that overlooked the whole island. I’m not kidding, it was just beautiful everywhere you looked!
After the ceremony – which was a traditional Catholic ceremony in Portuguese – we set out for the reception.
This wedding was just gorgeous – I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful and spectacular it was! The champagne started flowing and macaroons were passed around immediately before the cocktail hour began.
How cute are the bride and groom riding up in this vintage car?!
The cocktail hour was overlooking the ocean and the drinks (and apps) were all so tasty!
At dinner, we definitely were at the table to be at; “Table 19!” right next to the bride and groom!
We sang the night away at our table to the live music especially when the Disney songs started 🙂
The dance started back on the roof top overlooking the ocean around 11-11:30 pm and even featured a fog machine, some great 90’s songs and fireworks!
We left the next morning around 7 am and headed back to the US.
This trip was truly a once in a lifetime experience and having friends along with us made it even better!
We are both still exhausted but can’t wait for our next trip!