We were supposed to hike in the mountains at Encumeada today, but while carefully steering our car through thick mist and pouring rain on the Paul da Serra plateau, we conclude we need a plan B! Since on Madeira, you can always find good weather somewhere on the island, we decide to leave the plateau in search of sunlight. While zigzagging down the steep mountain road, the...

This is a short and relatively easy hike. You can combine it with a visit to Funchal, taking the bus to Eira do Serrado from there. An old, steep cobblestone path will lead  you from Eira do Serrado to Curral das Freiras, offering great views along the way down. We are starting this hike just past noon. We have spend the entire morning in Funchal, getting out of...

Wow, I really want to share this drone video with you! The film maker (Claudio) has captured all the different elements that make Madeira so perfectly. Beautiful, serene footage of the shores, the mountains, waterfalls and the magestic forests of Madeira, combined with great sound recordings. Love it! Brings me back to my favourite island.    [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtmTr-99_BU[/embedyt]...

This delicious sandwich is a true Madeira favourite. You'll find it on the menu of almost every cafe and snackbar on the island. Prego especial is a unique sandwich, best described as a mix between a sandwich and a classic burger.  PREGO ESPECIAL There are many variations of prego sandwiches to be had. My absolute favourite is prego especial. Prego especial is made of a typical Madeira bolo do...

This is a short walk to the Garganta Funda waterfall at Ponta do Pargo. There are a lot of great lookouts on the west side of the island, and this is one of the best. See for yourself and enjoy the waterfall, rugged cliffs and ocean view at the end of this stroll.   MIRADOURO GARGANTA FUNDA The way to Miradouro Garganta Funda is easy to find, there are several...

It's 5am when my alarm clock wakes me. Time to get out! I shuffle around my hotel room in the dark, splash some water in my face, grab my camera bag and get into the car. My destination: Achada do Teixeira. It's still pitch dark when I arrive at Achada do Teixeira, so before I start my early morning hike to Pico Ruivo I search for my...

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 extraordinary of their beach. On the beach near the village center...