We have a few places we simply must visit whenever we go to Madeira. One of our favourite places for a very pleasing meal is Taberna do Petisco in Santa Cruz! Every time we are at Madeira, we end our stay with one night in Santa Cruz (because it is so conveniently close to the airport) and dinner at Taberna do Petisco. And most of the time, we have already stopped by far before that last day.  Petisco is located on a lively, small town square right in the centre of Santa Cruz. They started...

At the bottom of Santana's oceanside cliffs, you'll find this unique and serene peace of land: Fajã da Rocha do Navio. This place is a nature reserve comprised of a small island, the ocean around it and a narrow strip of agricultural plots (the fajãs). Fajã da Rocha do Navio is the perfect place to spend a couple of peaceful hours, relaxing and exploring the area, enjoying nature and tranquility. You'll reach the area by foot, descending the steps in the 330m high cliff, or, by cable car! RIDING...

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 you'll find cairns as far as the eye can see. Some high and wobbly, others modest in size but firm and...

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 time finding an ordinary, brown, wooden door here. Why? Because all the doors in this street have been turned into artwork.   RUA DE SANTA MARIA Up until 2010, Rua de Santa Maria was an old cobbled street like many...