Year: 2018

Christmas, from Madeira to Mars…

Christmas from Madeira to Mars… There is so much to tell you about Christmas in Madeira I do not even know where to begin. As of mid-December, locals send greetings of “Boas Festas” (Happy Holidays) as they meet on the streets. They go for evening walks to see the “ Xmas lights” with family or friends. Chicken soup, hot chocolate and sandwiches of wine meat and garlic, warm early morning mornings, full of chores. They go knocking on friends doors, to sample the pickles, the vinaigrette onions, and share recipes for cookies and liqueurs. There’s singing, eating and drinking, but above all togetherness. Nativity scenes, childbirth masses, nights at the market, molasses cakes, liqueurs, flower decorations, togetherness, chants and traditions… everything becomes a party by contagious magic. The streets are lit up beautifully, from the “strings” of lights in the mountains to the year’s number at every corner of Funchal’s bay. To understand the beauty of Christmas in Madeira, you need to walk through the island’s streets feel the ambience (and the temperature). It’s this …

Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã

Porto Santo trails – Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã

Porto Santo trails – Vereda do Pico Branco and Terra Chã Last weekend, we took a trip to Porto Santo. We were in need of its peace. We walked from the boat to the hotel Praia Dourada – 40 minutes walk by the sea. We could see the reflection of the moon in the ocean, listen to the waves and see stars in the sky. We even sang along a few Queen songs (since we recently saw the Bohemian Rhapsody movie). On the next morning, our deserved rest arrived. We were deep in sleep after a busy week. Despite the 19ºC outside, there was wind and some rain, so we thought twice if we would do the Vereda do Pico Branco and Terra Chã – and I’m happy we went. How to get to Pico Branco and Terra Chã? To get at the trail’s beginning, you can drive to the path’s entrance, via Portela. It is easy to find – you’ll see a sign and place for parking. To get there from the centre of …

Levada Rabaçal Madeira

The day I went chasing Rabaçal waterfalls – a Levada walk in Madeira

The day I went chasing Rabaçal waterfalls – a Levada walk in Madeira Last September, Hit the road Madeira launched a new walk to Rabaçal, in the west part of Madeira. Their goal was to show visitors the beautiful waterfalls of Rabaçal, away from the busy, best-known Levada of the 25 fountains. Let me tell you more about Rabaçal Waterfalls Hike… PICK UP was at 8:45. The meeting point was in Funchal old town, near the cable car. There were 4 of us plus the driver Vitor and mountain guide Lisa. First, we stopped at Ponta do Sol to buy lunch in a cosy bakery with affordable prices, but you can also bring a “picnic” lunch if you prefer. The Levada hike was 14 km and lasted about 5 h 30 m. As we were walking in Levada trails, these are often irregular with roots, rocks and slippery puddles. You can also find tree branches right above your head. So, you need to be careful and pay attention to the security instructions. Luckily we had Lisa, who …

Photo Sessions in Madeira

Photo Sessions in Madeira A couple of months ago I was looking at my Instagram feed, and I began to see these photos in Madeira that captured my attention. There was something different about them, the light, the composition, the style, even the citation underneath! 🙂   View this post on Instagram Well… I can't keep that in my hard drive. #hadtopost _ On the pic : @kennylkemp _ #madeira #visitmadeira #madeiraisland #postthepeople #portraits_mf #portteaifromtheworkd #awesome #photo #awesomeearth #earthfocus #earthpix #earthofficial #naturephotography #travelawesome #travelworld #Sky #sunset #landscape A post shared by Benjamin BEGIN � (@benjamin_artwork) on Apr 14, 2018 at 10:22am PDT As I scrolled the whole feed I loved every one of them, so I said to myself; Who is Benjamin Begin?   View this post on Instagram As always, pic by @kennylkemp A post shared by Benjamin BEGIN � (@benjamin_artwork) on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:18am PST The bio linked to his website and there I found he did photo sessions. I was looking for new pictures of my Airbnb, plus I wanted …

The L nights are back to Ponta do Sol!

The L Concerts return to Estalagem da Ponta do Sol! This Independent Music Festival officially started ten years ago, although, well before that, small concerts were already held. Personally, I remember with great joy the gigs I had the opportunity to attend. I love the ambience … the worship, the relaxation and the sound that echoes in the wind, the sea and the perfect amphitheatre that is the Ponta do Sol. Why should you go to these concerts? Nuno Barcelos, responsible for this festival, gave us the answers:   L. L Concerts Why? The name Concertos L appeared from an existing concept in the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol, the L – Community (community of members of the inn). L comes from Lifestyle, Leisure, among others … What do you like most about this Festival? The artistic freedom, its public and the place… Not depending on brands, sponsorships or fashions, allows you to create a schedule free of pressures of any kind, and bring something different and innovative… The audience, because we have the best …

Where to watch the World Cup matches in Funchal?

Today, Portugal is in the eighth round of the 2018 World Cup! And here we go … 🙂 If you are looking for a place to see the World Cup matches in Funchal, here are ten suggestions to follow this World Championship. Whether in one or several screens, in public squares or discrete bars, with “dentinhos” (a kind of Madeiran tapas), beers, ponchas or local “Brisa” passion fruit, what matters is to support your team. Let’s go! 1. Praça do Mundial – Largo do Restauração If you enjoy watching World Cup matches in public squares and feel the adrenaline of a crowd and vibrate with every corner kick, this is the ideal place. Right in the center of the city, more precisely on Largo da Restauração, the screen is giant, and there are food and drinks in the stalls that surround this small world of fans. Take the scarf, the flag, the shirt of Ronaldo 🙂 and the whistles! Go, go, go! 2. Café Museu – Praça do Município The Café Museum opened its doors …

VOOS DIRETOS DA MADEIRA

Direct Flights to Madeira – From?

Today I was talking to a friend about the destinations with direct flights to Madeira. After all, from which destinations can we travel directly to  Madeira, without stopovers in Lisbon or Porto (or any other city). Sometimes it becomes difficult to find the time to travel to new destinations due to this limitation of the stopovers. Especially when traveling with children, the comfort of a direct flight it’s worth a lot while picking the destination. In addition, time is short and we do not want to miss days in transit at airports. I have prepared this table, with all destinations with direct flights to Madeira Airport, at the present. I hope it helps you to travel to Madeira. You can check here the list of airlines for each destination. If you are looking for accommodation, see the best deals on hotels and apartments in Booking and check out my Airbnb! Booking.com Ver no AirbnbFrom Madeira to Mars – Apartamento de uma viajante  

Milho Cozido of Madeira – My Mother’s Recipe

Milho Cozido or baked corn is a typical dish of the Island of Madeira. It is often found in restaurants in the area, fried in the form of cubes, as a side dish to meat or fish. Some people compare it to Polenta, a typical dish of Italian cuisine. According to the book “Elucidário Madeirense”, the corn culture is an old tradition in Madeira, but it was in 1847 that Laureano da Câmara Falcão, better known as Morgado of Ilha, developed it in the parishes of Santana and São Jorge. In 1853 appeared a law which exempted the payment of tithes from what was produced on earth and it constituted the feeding base of two-thirds of the Madeiran population. This corn potato dish still remains in our days, and it’s delicious. Here is the recipe we use at home and a small video about it: IMG_1807.TRIM

Looking for a Hotel for Kids in Madeira? Discover Vila Porto Mare!

Looking for a Hotel for Kids in Madeira? Discover Vila Porto Mare! These Easter Holidays, me and my family spent a few days at Vila Porto Mare. The goal was straightforward: rest, comfort, open air, good food and fun. We were not interested in leaving the hotel, and we were looking for a Resort that would offer us this possibility, in Madeira. We found the answer to our request, in Vila Porto Mare, at Funchal. Vila Porto Mare brings together three hotels: Éden Mar, Porto Mare and The Residence. All facilities are shared regardless of the hotel you stay. It allows you access to 13,000 m2 of tropical gardens, several restaurants, bars, Spa, several pools (including heated pools and for children), gym, Kids Club and various sports. Location of Vila Porto Mare Vila Porto Mare is located in the coastal area of ​​Funchal. Nearby you will find several restaurants, bars, bathing complexes with access to the sea, a considerable promenade that allows access to Formosa Beach, a shopping centre and public transportations. If you wish, …