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  • CAIRNS AT SÃO VICENTE BEACH - AN UNEXPECTED SIGHT
    anemptytextlline
    The last thing you expect to see when you visit a beach, is a large collection of stone cairns. But in Madeira, you’ll find exactly that! Hundreds of stone piles, spread over the entire beach area. São Vicente beach is, like many Madeira beaches, a pebbled beach. But here in São Vicente, they made something beautiful and extraordina...
  • PAINTED DOORS - FUNCHAL'S MOST COLORFUL STREET
    anemptytextlline
    You simply can’t miss it: this narrow street in downtown Funchal is incredibly colorful. I’m talking about Rua de Santa Maria, in old town Funchal (Zona Velha). The many restaurants and terrace umbrella aren’t what gives this street such a colorful appearance. It’s the Painted Doors Project. You’ll have a hard...
  • Strolling through Funchals old town
    anemptytextlline
    I like to walk around Funchal. Stroll the boulevard or sit down on a bench at the ocean side to watch people doing their thing: I love it. My favorite part of Funchal is old town. The authentic old buildings and architecture, the vibe, people and the bustle: there’s much to see here and it’s never boring. Old town is like its o...
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    GREENHOUSE COFFEE ROASTER
    anemptytextlline
    Discovering new places to have a coffee/drink/sandwich always makes us very happy. Especially when, apart from serving quality food and drinks, the place looks the part. So when during our last visit to Monte Palace Tropical Garden we discovered the nice looking Greenhouse Coffee Roaster, this was a very pleasant surprise! H...
  • BOAT TOUR - WHICH BOAT TO TAKE?
    anemptytextlline
    The Atlantic Ocean around Madeira is the natural habitat of around twenty different species of dolphins and whales. Some of these species reside here all year round, and some are just passing through. This makes Madeira a great place to visit these cetaceans. We have made a trip like this several times, and it keeps on impressing me. It is...
  • COASTEERING ADVENTURE
    anemptytextlline
    We’ve been looking forward to this day all week. Today will be our very first coasteering trip. We had heard about this sport before, but never knew that the activity could also be done on Madeira. But hey, why not? Madeira seems perfect for this activity! Being such canyoning addicts, this was something we just had to try. Because: cliff ...
  • greenhouse coffee roaster monte binnen
    GREENHOUSE COFFEE ROASTER
    anemptytextlline
    Discovering new places to have a coffee/drink/sandwich always makes us very happy. Especially when, apart from serving quality food and drinks, the place looks the part. So when during our last visit to Monte Palace Tropical Garden we discovered the nice looking Greenhouse Coffee Roaster, this was a very pleasant surprise! H...
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    BUILD YOUR OWN ICE CREAM AT GELADARIA MIL SABORES
    anemptytextlline
    For all of you who find it hard to decide, when confronted with a vast amount of delicious ice cream flavours: choosing just got even harder! But also, so much more fun! Why? At Geladaria Mil Salbores you can build your own ice cream! SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM   STEP 1 Choose one of their base popsicles. They have a lot of...
  • BARBECUE MADEIRA STYLE: ESPETADA
    anemptytextlline
    Summer is here! While most people en masse throw a bunch of burgers and sausages on the barbecue, in Madeira they eat espetada. Espetada is a traditional Madeiran dish, not to be confused with that other popular Madeira dish ‘espada’! Although these two dishes are very similar in name, they totally different. Espetada is a meat dish and es...
  • BOLO DE MEL: MADEIRA HONEY CAKE
    anemptytextlline
    The Portuguese have a sweet tooth. On Madeira you’ll find countless little bakery shops and all these shops have windows chock-full pastries and cakes. One of Madeira’s oldest delicacies is ‘bolo de mel de cana’ or ‘honey cake’. This cake is traditionally made with Christmas, but you can buy it all year round. Traditionally, when people m...
  • PASTEL DE NATA
    anemptytextlline
    During our first visit to Madeira, our hotel served pastel de nata every other day at breakfast. It was love at first taste! After my first pastel de nata, my trip to the breakfast buffet was not complete without grabbing one, or two of these pastries. In my defense: they served mini pastel de nata. Unfortunately we were never again so luc...
  • BOLO DO CACO
    anemptytextlline
    Bolo do caco: typical Madeiran food! You will find bolo do caco in practically all restaurants on Madeira and at many street food stands. SO WHAT IS IT, BOLO DO CACO? It is a Madeiran flat bread.  The bread, bolo, is cooked on a caco: a hot basalt stone, thus the name. This bread is served in many delicious ways. Essential is homemade garl...