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...

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 own little village in a big city. Fortunately, big touristic hotels haven't spoiled this part of the city (yet). I wandered around old town during 'golden...

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 espada is fish. SO WHAT IS ESPETADA? Espetada is a grilled beef skewer. It is very simple and very delicious! Traditionally the beef is skewerd on a laurel branch, but nowadays it's...