Madeira is not naturally blessed with beaches so the locals, and visitors alike, use natural swimming pools instead.
There are several dotted around the island so we’re off to experience some natural sea bathing.
One of the most popular are the pools at Porto Moniz, formed by volcanic lava and naturally filled with crystal-clear sea water.
There are the paid pools at lido complex above which cover 3,800 square meters in total.
But skin flints that we are, we’re relaxing in the equally fab free pools at Piscinas Naturais Velhas which are at the other side of the town.
Merman hubby is straight in, after some initial grumbling about the stubborn cloud that has lingered throughout the first first days of our trip.
Here’s a little more footage from the complex.