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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, …

Visit Sistelo, a wonderful village of Portugal!

Visit Sistelo, a wonderful village of Portugal! This article is the testimony of my last trip to the North of Portugal. “Writing & travelling Atelier – four days trip with the Portuguese author Raquel Ochoa“. “I finally arrive at Sistelo. A cat walks around my legs as if he was greeting me home. The sheep approach the Largo of the illustrious Viscount of Sistelo and look at me curiously as if to pose for the photograph. With about three hundred inhabitants, there is no day there that hasn’t got a story to be remembered. In the bar, a woman straightens the chairs already leaning against the rain. The neighbour on the side opens the door with a loud “Bom dia!”. Good morning was not the best word to describe that day because rain was pouring down, but the joy of the arrival of our group fills the day with hope. Even the sun seems to break through the clouds, even if just for a few seconds. As I walk through the streets, I see the …

One night at WC Beautique Hotel

WC by The Beautique Hotels People who are risking new ideas fascinate me. The first time, the first concept and in this case, WC Beautique Hotel was the first hotel that… Nini Andrade Silva “does not follow trends, she creates them”, and she was the designer who risked this brilliant idea. Fortunately for us, the Beautique Hotels chain embraced this project, devoid of prejudice. Have you ever considered sleeping in WC Beautique Hotel? It is located in the Intendente, a trendy district. If this neighbourhood is a trend in Lisbon, the WC Beautique Hotel is a trendsetter! This is the first and only hotel inspired by a luxury bathroom! How did I sleep at the WC Beautique Hotel? I can tell you that it was great and that I slept beautifully. The bathtub, right at the foot of the bed, reminded me of the pleasures of a long bath. The water-coloured tiles on the walls combined with the velvet curtains and the stainless steel lamp in the shape of a drop of water formed a …

The coolest Hotels in Europe I’ve ever been to

Have you ever visited a destination because of a particular hotel? Do you think that staying in a cool hotel is halfway to enjoy a city? I believe so. I think much of a good travel experience depends on how we feel and are welcomed. I do not want to say with this, that only if we stay in 5-star hotels can we have a good experience. My concept of a good hotel has nothing to do with the number of stars or price per night. I like places that surprise me with originality. I like a friendly and informal service. I like to feel at home, or better!     I like hotels that make me laugh.   I like gifts on my cushion.   I like unique tips and hotels that mix locals with tourists.   I like themed rooms.     Check out the list of cool hotels that follow and visit them if you have the opportunity. (Click on the names of the hotels to check their prices!) Daniel Hotel, Viena …

Paris for Kids | A Travel Guide (without the obvious, like Euro Disney)

So this Xmas we went to Paris. Why Paris? First of all, it’s a city my sons had never visited before, I’ve studied there for a few months, and I absolutely love it. Second, they’re starting to learn French at school, so an excellent way to get familiar with the language and culture. And finally, because it’s PARIS, the city that makes believe in love, so that’s more than enough reasons for me. Here’s a few tips for romance in Paris for two. (Ok, I also found an affordable direct flight from Funchal and with Xmas coming soon why not “offer something different this year”, so the Eiffel Tower was my gift for the 3 of us.) Altough I don’t like to admit it, I still find it scary to go on holiday alone with my kids. I say to myself “you can do this”, and I try to transmit as much confidence as one possibly can, but sometimes it’s not that simple. As a parent, you know how stressful it can be to travelling …

Holidays in Dubai | 4 days itinerary

4 days of holiday in Dubai I just got back from Dubai. It was a last minute travel, without much planning or preparation. The reason for a trip to Dubai? A direct and cheap flight from Emirates from Lisbon to Dubai, my niece’s residency in Dubai and travel to an unknown destination were more than enough reasons for me to get going. Arriving in Dubai was exciting, seeing family we have not seen for a long time, for me, is always good. We arrived at Dubai Airport at 1 am and as the metro no longer works at that hour we booked a transfer from Dubai Airport to our apartment. We stayed in the Dubai Marina area in this apartment. It has an excellent location and is a spacious apartment with capacity for 8 people. Good value for money. View this post on Instagram Greetings from Dubai. Let’s see what the living the luxury means…💫 A post shared by From Madeira To Mars | Sofia (@frommadeiratomars) on Nov 26, 2017 at 12:48am PST November is …

Two weeks in Mozambique with the SPAY SISTERS

I still find it hard to put into words how much I enjoyed my last trip to Mozambique. I will try my best. (8 min read) As some of you might know, besides being a travel blogger, I am a vet, so this trip was not the typical tourist escape… In the last two weeks, I joined the UK charity SPAY SISTERS, founded by three incredible vets including my dear friend Ella Stekly, who I met in Madeira 10 years ago. How do SPAY SISTERS work? Spay Sisters started in June 2006. The aim of this charity is to sterilise as many animals as possible throughout the world. They intend to save a few dog, and cat lives leading them to a healthier existence by the control of reproduction. Post operation the animals become calmer, fight less, get fewer diseases and naturally don’t produce vast quantities of kittens and puppies each year. A single cat or dog can be responsible for 20,000 descendants in five years – just a reminder. SPAY SISTERS original trustees are …

Mother-Daughter getaway to Lisbon

Mother-Daughter getaway to Lisbon This year for my mum’s birthday, I prepared a special gift — a getaway in Lisbon. When I was studying at Lisbon University and she came to visit me, I remember we always had such a great time together. I wanted to recreated those days again. Plus, Lisbon makes my mother happy, she has always great stories and memories about this city, specially from those days before and after the revolution 25 April 1974, when she was visiting her sister, who used to live there. “Stories…the testimony of human contact.” Whenever she speaks about Lisbon, her eyes light up, she puts a funny smile on her face and while walking those streets together, I can always imagine her like a young girl, singing Fado and wandering on the hills of Lisbon.  It is true what they say, life is made of memories. I want to share these thoughts with my mother and remember the places we were together, alive and happy. Lisbon was a gift to both of us. This is the …

Family Guide to Denmark – Legoland

We finally made it to Legoland! The excitement was in the air … After spending years playing with legos, idealizing houses, cars, people, animals, planes and imaginary worlds … we were now in Billund, where it all started in 1935. The word Lego comes from the Danish words “leg” and “godt” which means “to play well.” The concept of this toy is to combine pieces, forming different structures, stimulating concentration and creativity. It was created by a carpenter from Billund, Ole Kirk Christiansen, who created these pieces (first made of wood and later of plastic) to offer toys to his son. Europe’s leading Lego factory is located in Billund, and produces around 72 million pieces daily! Here you can also discover the amazing Legoland Hotel and Legoland Theme Park. Hotel Legoland Arriving in Hotel LEGOLAND was an amazing experience. At the reception, we were greeted by Star Wars team … This 4 star hotel has needs no introduction. It is the official Lego Brand Hotel and has a private entrance to the theme park. All the …