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40 pictures that will make you want to visit Porto Santo Island

Porto Santo Island has always been my idea of paradise. Possibly yours too? Picture a 9 km long golden sand, deserted beaches, crystal clear blue waters in a volcanic island with around 5400 locals, where? In Europe, right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, as part of Madeira Island Archipelago, Portugal. It is situated at a distance of 50 Km northeast from Madeira Island. Porto Santo measures 11 Km length and 6 km in width. The highest peak is ‘Pico do Facho’ with 517 mt. The moderate climate is felt all year round with average air temperature of 23ºC (summer) to 19ºC (winter) and a sea temperature from 22ºC (summer) to 17ºC (winter). However, when you mention Portugal as a destination to travellers, you tend to find most tourists heading to Algarve or to Lisbon, considered to be the 2nd best destination in Europe. However for the curious traveller who is willing to run away from the crowds to experience something exclusive, still undiscovered to the majority of the world, you will discover an …

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Airbnb Madeira – Wishlist

My favourite places to stay in Airbnb on Madeira| I love discovering new places to stay and to plan little getaways, whenever possible. In this post, I introduce you to some of my favourite properties to stay in Airbnb on Madeira including my own apartment in Funchal. Some of them I’ve experienced myself, others I can’t wait to visit. Airbnb offers some amazing properties, in fact, there are plenty to choose from luxury to budget rentals in Madeira. If you’re planning to visit Madeira, check these intimate places. They are located all over the Island: by the beach, in the middle of the mountains, with ocean views, in the heart of the capital, you name it. My choice was purely based on my personal preferences and guest reviews. I hope you like and it inspires you to visit to my beautiful Madeira Island. Let me know which one you would pick! TIP: If you are new to Airbnb, signup using this link to get  30 € off your first booking. Enjoy! 1. From Madeira to …

Shopping in Madeira

Shopping in Madeira Island

 When you visit Madeira, you’ll find the typical souvenir shops that sell Honey cake and Madeira wine. They are both great and I recommend it. However, one of the things I like when I travel is to seek for shops of local designers, which I do not find elsewhere. With this globalization, I always get a bit annoyed to see the same kind of shops everywhere and it delights me when I find a special store or any item that is unique. I also like to go home and whenever I look at that piece, I have a story to tell, being able to associate it with a moment of my life, or the person who gave it me. Incidentally, this is also one of the pleasures of traveling, finding pieces that tell stories (eventually) have a sentimental, timeless value. So I proposed myself to show my readers  special gifts from Madeira. I suggest wonderful gifts to yourself (or to anyone you like giving special gifts to), which are the result of Madeiran creativity, ranging …

10 Coffee Shops with free wifi in Funchal

10 COFFEE WITH FREE WIFI IN FUNCHAL You can not leave home without your phone? You love to read online news, Facebook updates, post photos on Instagram and check the mail on your phone? This list is for you. We tested 10 free Wi-Fi coffee shops in Funchal. There is also an application called Mandic Magic indicating which are the cafes in the surrounding areas of your location with WiFi. If you know other cool spots or want to make a suggestion, you can leave your comment below the post. 10 COFFEE SHOPS WITH FREE WIFI IN FUNCHAL 1) Barreirinha Bar Cafe An alternative place, very close to the Old town. The music is great and the view is unforgettable. Live DJs at night. A super brunch on Sundays. Largo do Socorro 1 Open Mon-Sun 7-24h 2) Snack Bar Garden Santa Luzia A garden, a park, a lake and na ice-cream. Take your dog for a walk and share his photos on instagram. It also has a beautiful playground. Rua 31 de Janeiro Open Mon-Sun …

Delicious food you can buy in Madeiran supermarkets

It may sound weird, but one of the things I like to visit when I go on holiday is the local Supermarket. Madeira Cake is just one of the products you can buy on the Supermarket. In this post I share my recipe for Madeira Cake and tell you about other of my favourite Madeiran goods. It always fascinates me the differences between lifestyles. Not only the prices of food but also the variety. I remembered when I lived in Paris it was all about the cheese and wine, or in London where I saw the first Shushi meals takeaway and all the Cadbury’s delicious chocolates. So, I’ve decided to look for which Madeiran goods you can find in a Supermarket. Some Madeiran products are easily identified by a sticker with Madeira brand. Here are a few: 1. Lupins Have you heard about these yelow beans before? We eat them anywhere, everywhere, especially with beer. 2. Bread “Bolo do Caco” Unless you are on a gluten-free diet, this bread is a must try in Madeira. …

Zion – 12 postcards in Ponta do Sol

I have discovered a wonderland in Ponta do Sol, Madeira, last week. It is called Zion Project. Zion by definition:  is synonymous of “promised land” or get to the place you’ve always wanted. It is also the land of freedom that Bob Marley speaks in his songs. It’s a dream come true, and it was this dream that Filipa and Laura dreamed … Born in Ponta do Sol, they lived and grew up by the beach. Fate decided they would  study architecture and medicine abroad, but once they returned to Madeira, they started looking for their dream of having a bar on the beach. That was how they discovered Praia dos Anjos (Angel’s Beach). The sunset, the surrounding nature, the sea, it was perfect and still is. It has been three years that the Zion Project opened in Angel’s Beach  (the name could not be more appropriate). When I asked Filipa what is the best this bar has to offer, she answered me without hesitation: – “The people. The greatest joy of Zion is to see the happiness of others who come here. …

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Drinks in Madeira: Top 10 drinks to try

Drinks in Madeira are mostly famous due to the world known Madeira Wine, but there are others… Names like “Poncha”, an alcoholic typical beverage, “Coral” beer, “Laranjada” fizzy drink and even “Garoto” coffee will enrich your vocabulary and your taste of Madeira Island. Madeira Wine This is a fortified wine made in Madeira. It is produced in a variety of styles from dry to         medium dry, to sweet wines. It can be consumed with dessert or on their own as an aperitif. As a curiosity, the Declaration of Independence of USA was signed in the 4th July of 1776 and the Madeira wine was the toasting beverage of choice. We’re very proud of our wine and you can visit some of the most popular cellars in Funchal such as D’Oliveiras or Blandy’s Lodge. “Poncha” Sugar cane production was the engine of the Island’s economy back to the 15th century when the island became a major supplier of sugar, which became known as “white gold”. Therefore, Poncha is a traditional alcoholic drink …

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Travel Guide to Madeira- tips from a local

Free Travel Guide To Madeira Great places to eat, see, drink and enjoy – tips from a local! (I did this guide once for a friend of a friend that came to Madeira for the first time, a few months ago. It was based on my personal preferences. I’ve decided to share it on the blog so that you can use it and share it as an extra help to planning your stay. Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. ) If you’re coming to Funchal, you should allow yourself at least 3 nights stay. There’s so much to see, taste and enjoy, you’ll leave with the will to come back for more, or at least I hope you do, with my tips 🙂 If you want to explore the full Island then come for at least 6 nights and rent a car to make the most of your time. (If you don’t like driving then there are also many tours available. You can book them directly at your hotel or online . There are many taxi …

Flashback 2015

Flashback 2015. Look back and forward. Focus. Shoot, let creativity, intuition and desire get to know you more. Spent this last year in love with the island where I was born, Madeira. The more I discover it , the more I feel there is so much more to see and explore. With my feet firmly on the ground and head (quite a few times) up in the clouds, 2015 was as follows: This beautiful sea of ours. Being in the clouds. The countryside of Madeira. Funchal and its flowers Madeira on a plate. Porto Santo Island. My travels in 2015. Madrid Auvers sur Oise Lisboa Santorini Porto Roma Paris Londres And finally, what was the most memorable trip this year? My trip to Calcutá. A BIG thank you to all who have followed me here. And may the year 2016 bring us all, good things in life. See you all next Year! Dream lots… Note: If you’re thinking about how to celebrate the new year in style. Try this: