All posts filed under: Travel to Madeira

Tomato & Onion Soup of Madeira – My mother’s recipe

“It’s sunday afternoon and the weekend is pretty much over. There’s a ton of work waiting for you the following week and you don’t want monday to arrive”- Sounds familiar? For years I’ve came up with strategies to overcome the sunday blues. Going to the movies, hiking, going to the beach, meeting friends, reading, watching sunsets or playing card games the whole afternoon ( just to name a few). Nowadays, on Sundays evenings, nothing excites me more than the secret I’m about to reveal to you. It’s soul conforting and brings back the sweetest memories…My childhood, me and my brothers sitting at a round table in the kitchen. Friends coming home for lunch. My Aunt Maria as a cook. Me crying the first time I chopped an onion. My boys smiles at the table. My parents happyness looking at them. No, it’s not super exciting or even adventurous. But it’s something that tastes better when you’re surrounded by the people you love. It’s a tradition in my home and we do it, “religiously”, every sunday evening. So …

Funchal Checklist

Funchal Checklist Are you visiting Funchal and looking for a checklist? I have an ambiguous relationship with checklists when I travel. Sometimes I do love them, others I don’t…See, while this checklist in Funchal is useful to make sure you don’t miss out good attractions, it’s also important to wanderlust and discover your favourite spots. In the meantime check this list in Funchal and start ticking those boxes! 🙂 √ Stroll along Avenida Arriaga all the way from the Cathedral. At the heart of the city, you’ll find the most elegant cafes, a lovely garden, the tourism post office and the Theatre – get inside (it’s beautiful)! √ Admire the colourful street art in the painted doors of the pedestrian street Rua Santa Maria. Go early in the morning (fewer crowds) if you want to see the urban art on the painted doors, or later in the evening to have dinner, drink Poncha and listen to some music). √ Admire one of the most beautiful church squares in town – Largo do Município – and visit the …

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Where to find street art in Funchal?

Street art in Funchal. Street art is one of the things I love the most while travelling in cities like Athens, Copenhagen, Paris, Porto and Lisbon. I love the way street art blends into the buildings of a city and fills each nook and corner with colours and unexpected food for thoughts… View this post on Instagram #paris #latergram #pigalle A post shared by From Madeira To Mars | Sofia (@frommadeiratomars) on Sep 9, 2015 at 2:44pm PDT Street art in Funchal is another great attraction of the Island. Besides findind street art in the painted doors of Rua de Santa Maria in the old town, there are other excellent pieces scattered around the city. The other day I took my new camera for a walk. Yes, I forgot to mention to you, that I won a new camera in a competition in FNAC MADEIRA, and I couldn’t be happier. Check my Instagram pictures to see the winning shots. View this post on Instagram Pic 3 #maratonafotografica theme #culture Imagine the thrill of performing on a …

10 Getaways in Madeira

10 Getaways in Madeira   Back to work and already missing the holidays? The feeling is mutual … 🙂 Madeira Island is such a great holiday destination with lots of excellent locations all over the Island. I leave you 10 places to stay in Madeira. Some I’ve tried myself, others I can’t wait to try. Here are my suggestions: Vila Cais da Gaivota – Caniçal Solar da Bica – São Vicente Porto Bay Serra Golf– Santo da Serra Quinta das Vinhas – Calheta Saccharum Hotel Resort & SPA– Calheta Atrio – Estreito da Calheta Aqua Sea House – Madalena do Mar Hotel Quinta da Serra – Jardim da Serra Casa do Velho Dragoeiro – Porto Santo Barracão 23 – Porto Santo Wishing you a happy getaway!

10 hotels & apartments to book in Porto Santo Island

Porto Santo. Sometimes finding the best hotel in Porto Santo Island can be challenging, specially if you are travelling with your family (pets included) or a group of friends. Luckily the scenery has changed recently and there are much more options available. Whether it is an all inclusive hotel, a beach house or an apartment the most important issues to take into consideration are comfort, location, access to the beach, price and the feeling of being welcomed. Here are some of my favourite picks of hotels, villas and apartments to book/rent in Porto Santo Island. Hotels: 1. Casa do Velho Dragoeiro (pet-friendly) This hotel is located in the center of Vila Baleira. Breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the sea. The rooms are comfortable and the staff is very friendly, with great ratings. It has a good restaurant as well as the oldest dragon tree on the island, by the pool. Casa do Velho Dragoeiro, Porto Santo, Portugal 2. Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & SPA Pestana Hotels offer all-inclusive resorts where you can …

Vila Cais da Gaivota – A hideaway by the sea, in Madeira.

Vila Cais da Gaivota – A hideaway by the sea, in Madeira. Stop, destress and relax by the sea – this was the main purpose of this trip to Caniçal. The more I live in Madeira, the more I appreciate the fact that,“we can experience a holiday, inside the island, a little micro-adventure”. The contrasts between the north and south of the Island, plus the variety of accommodation and outdoor activities, make Madeira an ideal destination. Location: Vila Cais da Gaivota is situated in the south-eastern part of Madeira Island, in Caniçal, a picturesque fishing village, 20 km from Funchal and 7 km from Madeira Airport. It is located between Prainha and the Caniçal Business center, on a sea cliff with superb views. It has a pontoon with direct and private access to the limpid sea of ​​Caniçal. It has a beautiful garden with two solarium areas and private parking on site. If you choose this location it is advisable to rent a car, especially if you want to explore the rest of the island. Vila …

Swimming with Dolphins in Madeira – Rota dos Cetáceos

During our Easter holidays, we took a fantastic trip in Madeira. The Rota dos Cetáceos is a tourist animation company dedicated to the observation of cetaceans in Madeira. It offers the opportunity (if weather and visibility conditions allow) to swim with dolphins. It is only allowed to swim with certain species of dolphins, namely painted and common dolphins. Today 🐬🐬🐬🐬#commondolphins #rotadoscetaceos #dolphins #dolphinwatching #swimmingwithdolphins #swimmingwithwilddolphins #nature #wildlife #whales #whalewatching #whaleanddolphinwatching #madeira #madeiraisland #visitus #visitmadeira #visitrotadoscetaceos #funchal #funchalmadeira #fullhouse Uma publicação partilhada por Rota Dos Cetaceos (@rotadoscetaceos2016) a Abr 14, 2017 às 3:50 PDT For some time now, my children were asking me to do this experience. Contrary to my belief, there is no minimum age to attend. Children under 5 years go free and between 6 and 11 years old they pay € 34.50. If they want to swim with the dolphins they pay € 43. As for adults, they pay € 49.50 and if they want to swim with dolphins they pay € 65. In the summer (June to September) there are 3 trips …

Fine Dining Experiences in Madeira

Fine Dining Experiences in Madeira If your list of things to do on Madeira Island includes having dinner in a restaurant, worthy of Michelin stars, this article was written for you. Madeira has two Michelin-starred restaurants in Funchal: The Il Gallo d’Ouro Restaurant (with 2 Michelin stars) and the William Restaurant (with 1 Michelin star). Moreover, once a year, around the month of March, the chefs leave the starry sky of their kitchens, to walk a route, the “Stars Route”one of the most prestigious gastronomic events in Portugal. It all started in 2010, when António Trindade, President of the PortoBay group invited his team, namely Benoît Sinthon (Head Chef of Il Gallo d’Oro 2 Michelin-starred restaurant at The Cliff Bay Hotel) to develop an event in the fine dining cuisine. It began in Madeira and toured the country, in several points of reference in the stardom of local and international cuisine. It already has eight editions and brings together dozens of invited chefs and hosts from various countries, namely Portugal, Spain and France, whose restaurants are …

Visit Funchal

40 pictures that will make you want to visit Madeira

Spend a few days, walking around this historic Island. Take your camera, visit some museums, listen to live music on the streets and have a glass of madeira wine. Listen to the sounds of the gardens: water flowing, birds singing, flowers blooming, it’s a bliss… See how the waves crash onto the the beach pebbles, hear that noise; addictive and relaxing. It covers all the noises inside your head with nothing but the perception of nature’s power – Meditate. Enjoy the sunsets, I mean, PLEASE enjoy the sunsets. Don’t stay inside when the sun sets (or rises) it would be disrespectful to yourself, to do such a thing. The sun shows are unbeatable, the colors, the clouds, the sea, the seabirds, the dolphins, they’re all frequent costumers here. Gaze at those high mountains. How can lava coming out of a vulcano turn into the greenest forests – the Laurissilva forest, since the ice age to our days. Talk about strong, lasting relationships – this one is a keeper. Meet people. People that live in a …