All posts tagged: Funchal

Christmas, from Madeira to Mars…

Christmas from Madeira to Mars… There is so much to tell you about Christmas in Madeira I do not even know where to begin. As of mid-December, locals send greetings of “Boas Festas” (Happy Holidays) as they meet on the streets. They go for evening walks to see the “ Xmas lights” with family or friends. Chicken soup, hot chocolate and sandwiches of wine meat and garlic, warm early morning mornings, full of chores. They go knocking on friends doors, to sample the pickles, the vinaigrette onions, and share recipes for cookies and liqueurs. There’s singing, eating and drinking, but above all togetherness. Nativity scenes, childbirth masses, nights at the market, molasses cakes, liqueurs, flower decorations, togetherness, chants and traditions… everything becomes a party by contagious magic. The streets are lit up beautifully, from the “strings” of lights in the mountains to the year’s number at every corner of Funchal’s bay. To understand the beauty of Christmas in Madeira, you need to walk through the island’s streets feel the ambience (and the temperature). It’s this …

Photo Sessions in Madeira

Photo Sessions in Madeira A couple of months ago I was looking at my Instagram feed, and I began to see these photos in Madeira that captured my attention. There was something different about them, the light, the composition, the style, even the citation underneath! 🙂   View this post on Instagram Well… I can't keep that in my hard drive. #hadtopost _ On the pic : @kennylkemp _ #madeira #visitmadeira #madeiraisland #postthepeople #portraits_mf #portteaifromtheworkd #awesome #photo #awesomeearth #earthfocus #earthpix #earthofficial #naturephotography #travelawesome #travelworld #Sky #sunset #landscape A post shared by Benjamin BEGIN 🆕 (@benjamin_artwork) on Apr 14, 2018 at 10:22am PDT As I scrolled the whole feed I loved every one of them, so I said to myself; Who is Benjamin Begin?   View this post on Instagram As always, pic by @kennylkemp A post shared by Benjamin BEGIN 🆕 (@benjamin_artwork) on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:18am PST The bio linked to his website and there I found he did photo sessions. I was looking for new pictures of my Airbnb, plus I wanted …

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, you can check a few of my favourite spots 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 or listen to some music. √ Admire one of the most beautiful church squares in town – …

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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 (@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 stage in …

Where to watch the World Cup matches in Funchal?

Today, Portugal is in the eighth round of the 2018 World Cup! And here we go … 🙂 If you are looking for a place to see the World Cup matches in Funchal, here are ten suggestions to follow this World Championship. Whether in one or several screens, in public squares or discrete bars, with “dentinhos” (a kind of Madeiran tapas), beers, ponchas or local “Brisa” passion fruit, what matters is to support your team. Let’s go! 1. Praça do Mundial – Largo do Restauração If you enjoy watching World Cup matches in public squares and feel the adrenaline of a crowd and vibrate with every corner kick, this is the ideal place. Right in the center of the city, more precisely on Largo da Restauração, the screen is giant, and there are food and drinks in the stalls that surround this small world of fans. Take the scarf, the flag, the shirt of Ronaldo 🙂 and the whistles! Go, go, go! 2. Café Museu – Praça do Município The Café Museum opened its doors …

Discovering the Universe of Memories of João Carlos Abreu

Discovering the Universe of Memories of João Carlos Abreu Life is made of memories, as evidenced by the Universe of Madeiran João Carlos Abreu. This museum is located in São Pedro, in a palace from the 19th century. It also has a beautiful garden and a friendly tea house with delicious cakes and homemade teas. It houses the memories of João Carlos Abreu, journalist, traveler, poet, writer, politician, actor, artist and also former regional director of tourism of Madeira with passage through several countries of the world. He was awarded multiple awards in the areas of tourism and culture. Events such as the Flor Festival, Wine Festival, Carnival Parade, New Year’s Festival and Atlantic Festival are part of its initiative. He has published hundreds of chronicles, two Madeira tourist guides, ten poetry books and six prose books. He is currently engaged in writing, theater, travel, painting and humanitarian causes. The variety of objects, jewels, clothing, furniture, paintings, statues and passports is breathtaking, the result of an intense, rich and challenging life, built from travel stories. …

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 …

Marina do Funchal

How would you describe the perfect day in Funchal?

The other day I heard someone describing their ideal day in Funchal. It included a trip to the beach, swimming in the sea followed by a lunch with limpets, ‘bolo do caco’ and coral beer. My ideal day passes by the Funchal Marina, in a walk through the Avenida do Mar and to the pier, on my way to the Old Town. There’s something about this location, which makes me feel at home. I can’t identify what it is, precisely, but I think it has to do with the emotional connection and stimuli I get when I’m there. As a child, I remember going for walks on Sunday mornings, to the pier, to see the boats floating by (it was preceded by grass races on the Santa Catarina Park). I remember the sound of the waves, pebbles rolling, the black sand beach and the Beatles boat, the benches on the pier and the wind blowing strong when it comes to an end. Already in my days of teenager, the Funchal Marina was the highlight of …

Palheiro Gardens

The walk of Spring in Palheiro Gardens

Palheiro Gardens I’ve been told that, in the times that Portugal was ruled by a dictator named Salazar, these gardens were the perfect getaway to meet your lover, away from the crouds and surrounded by the most dreamy sceneries. I was pleased to see that the outstanding variety of flowers, such as magnolias, camellias, roses and exquisite trees are very well looked after, inspiring and well worth a visit, even if not for romantic purposes. You can easily spend a nice afternoon there, sitting under the trees, reading a book or admiring the beauty of this place. Palheiro gardens used to be a hunting resort for the Carvalhal Count in the 19th century. This property was bought in 1885 by the Blandy’s Family, remaining in this family throughout generations until the present days. Here you can also find a golf course and a stunning Hotel, Casa Velha do Palheiro, which belongs to the chain of Hotels Relais and Chateaux. The views over the bay of Funchal are so beautiful and being at 500 meters above …