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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 …

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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 …

12 Things to do in Madeira on a rainy day

  12 Things to do in Madeira on a rainy day “On a sunny clear day, you can improve your body; on a rainy fogy day, you can improve your mind!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan A rainy day during a holiday in Madeira can be annoying or not… Although Madeira is renowned for being a sunny island with a mild climate all year, there are days when the rain comes pouring down. It might also be raining near the sea and up above the clouds the sun is shinning or the other way around so “don’t judge a book by its cover” and try to find out where the sun is shinning. (To help you search for the best location to visit, check this site with web-cams spread all over the Island and see how it’s like out there.) To make the most of your stay in Madeira, I’ve created this list of things to do in the Island when it’s raining. #1. Visit a Museum – Get to know the local culture and feed your mind. …

25 Things to do in Madeira this summer

25 Things to do in Madeira, this summer Although the last days have been terribly sad in Madeira, with the fires that unfortunately assaulted our capital city, it’s time to rise up and keep looking foward. I’m happy to say that things are slowly getting back on track. Whether alone, as a couple, with children or friends, here are some suggestions to enjoy Madeira this Summer: #1. Join a kayak tour. At Quinta do Lorde you can rent kayaks and paddle all the way to the Baía d’Abra. Book it with Esther or the Marco from the Blue Diving Center Madeira. I’ve had the opportunity to try it and loved it! #2. Enjoy a ‘Levada’ walk. Did you know that there are about 30 recommended routes in Madeira?  Hit the mountains early in the morning, take good company and join a group of tourists or a group of friends on a guided walking tour and enjoy. #3. Have fun in local summer parties ‘Arraiais’. From Machico to São Vincente there’s no lack of parties and …

5 cool things to do when you visit Funchal

I am always happy that anyone wants to visit me and my city – Funchal. You see we (the madeirans) share this passion for the Island and we want visitors to experience the best spots. Funchal is a beautiful city. I know I’m biased since I just love living here (the more I travel the more I appreciate the benefits of this Island), but I challenge you to spend a few days in Funchal and then you can see it for yourself. Here I share 5 cool things to do when someone visits Funchal: # 1 Head to Largo do Socorro Funchal, the capital of Madeira, has three historic districts: Santa Maria (renown as Old Town), São Pedro and Sé. Santa Maria São Pedro |This photo was courtesy of Budgettraveller Sé Cathedral Many of the streets in these areas of Funchal are pedestrian, which means strolling around, photographing and discovering palaces, manor houses from the XIX century (which are now museums), viewpoints overlooking the sea, houses with flower gardens and typical Madeiran pavements made with …

rota das ponchas

A route of ‘ponchas’ in Madeira

I accepted the challenge proposed by a group of friends, to write this article on the blog – A route of the best ponchas in Madeira. (Due to practical issues, the route was divided into 2 parts, this is the route 1, to be coming soon is route 2) Some of the oldest grocery stores of Madeira are called ‘ Vendas or mercearias’ . These are the symbol of our grandparents lifestyle, when life had a quiet pace; other times. At those times, the products were sold by weight, without pre-packaging or pallets. The ‘Vendas’ sold pretty much everything. Since creams, potatoes, brooms and shovels, chewing gum, candies and even string. Right beside the groceries selling area, there was always a bar, selling wine with fizzy orange juice ‘ laranjada’ and local rum drink, Poncha. It was with joy and pleasure that through this route, I was able to relive the old days, where all the bills were registered in a “list” and paid at the end of the month. We were able to glance …

5 good reasons to visit Museums in Madeira

5 good reasons to visit Museums in Madeira Museums are a big part of Madeira’s Heritage. Curious to know were we came from and who we are? Here are 5 good Reasons to get you started … 1. Discover the amazing old manor houses of Madeira ‘Quintas’ Museum Quinta das Cruzes This was once the house of the governor of Funchal, João Gonçalves da Câmara, the son of Zarco. In its gardens you can admire a stunning Manueline style window, a greenhouse of orchids and an “orquestrofone”, a wooden music instrument, which was manufactured by Limonaire Frères in France in 1900. Inside the house “Quinta” there’s a decorative arts museum with a stunning collection of ancient furniture, paintings and other unique pieces of art. Price: 3€ Monte Palace Museum Located in the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, this used to be a popular hotel in the XX century under the name of Monte Palace Hotel. Besides the romantic gardens, you’ll find a Museum with a large collection of minerals, including diamonds, sculptures from Zimbabwe and tiles, …

16 Do’s and Don’ts in Madeira

16 Do’s and Don’ts in Madeira 1. Do bring your best walking shoes. Madeira is a volcanic island with many hills, you will walk better in flats or sneakers. 2. Do bring a jacket. We are known as the Island of the “eternal Spring”, which means it’s mostly sunny here and you can certainly get 16ºC in Winter. However, we cannot guarantee that the week you’re here it will never rain or get chilly (specially at night or at 500 meters of altitude). 3. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. Yes, please! Even if it’s cloudy, we’re in close distance to Africa so sun really ‘gets under your skin’. 4. Do join good guided tours. I have joined many amazing tours in Madeira and the insight and knowledge of some of these guides are well worth the investment. My advice is: start your holiday with a tour and then discover it at your own rhythm, knowing where you’d like to explore further. 5. Do hire a car, but only if you enjoy driving and like to …

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19 signs you are from Madeira

After finding this article, I’ve decided to write this one: 19 signs you were born in Madeira: 1. You love the sea and you can not live without it. 2. If you were asked which is the best beach in the world? Your answer would be Porto Santo Beach, without a doubt. 3. There is also no doubt, that the Madeira Island is so much prettier than the Azores. We take good pride in ‘Our Land’ and ’ our people’, its beauty prevails. 4. You adore ‘Arraiais’, music, ‘wine with laranjada’ and ‘bolo do caco’ with garlic butter. 5. To enjoy the nightlife, means going out for a drink, preferably from 11 p.m. onwards, the party starts late and ends at dawn. 6. The word ‘Poncha’ makes you smile. 7. You love Christmas, especially the night of the market and the ‘Labour masses’. 8. You love Carnival and the Flower Festival and it is most likely that you have already participated in the parade, along the streets of Funchal. 9. The best New Year’s Eve …