Estreito da Calheta, is about 40 km from Funchal and a short 45 minute drive allows us to reach this corner of the island. I have to confess that I had been dreaming about this getaway for some time now … An old flirt by the Hotel Atrium, was the perfect motivation to move on and I surrendered.
First time in Madeira Islands? In this post you’ll find a way to get the most of your next Madeira holiday, either you plan to rent a car, explore the island by bus or be guided on tours and levada walks.
A few days ago we spent a weekend in Fajã dos Padres. I already knew its charms and stunning views, through several daytime visits over the years, but I had never stayed there overnight. I can now tell you; it was a privilege!
Last week, I took 3 days off from work. I wanted to spend some time with my kids and take them outdoors to spend sometime offline. In Madeira, at the moment, wearing a mask is compulsory. Restaurants, comercial activity and some walks are still open until 5 pm on weekends and 6 pm on weekdays – the COVID-19 restrictions are adjusted weekly. We were looking for short walks (2-3 hours, depends on how fast you walk…) and planning to leave early morning and return home by lunchtime. So I leave you with some photos. Walk 1 – Ponta de São Lourenço – Caniçal The route is well defined in its generality, with areas that require “good knees”, especially when going up and down. It has fabulous views over the sea, both to the north and south, and as the day was clear we even saw Porto Santo Island. There is a support bar at the end of the route and access to the sea, at the Cais do Sardinha. There are also boat trips as an …
Looking for a luxury experience in Funchal? The goal is to go dolphin & whale watching aboard the Ultimate – an all inclusive luxury catamaran.
Great places to eat, see, drink, sleep and enjoy – tips from a local!
If you’re wondering why should you rent a car in Madeira or what’s the best way to get around the island, this post is a must-read.
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 …
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 A post shared by From Madeira To Mars (@frommadeiratomars) 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 A post shared by From Madeira To Mars (@frommadeiratomars) Back to the street art, here are 5 of my favourite street art spots in …
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!