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Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal November 20th 2017

Madeira is an island off of the coast of Africa, belonging to Portugal. With generally warm temperatures year-round, it is a good go-to for some sunshine. Of course, not always guaranteed, and whilst there in November I did experience some rain myself! Escaping the single-digit degrees of winter though, I did not mind some rain. Longer than expected, it is a four hour flight to Funchal Airport, Madeira. Easyjet have flights from Stanstead direct to Madeira, making it a reasonably affordable holiday. Prior to arrival, I had booked a hire car (the cheapest one) and once at the rental centre, of course there was an up-sell - 'Madeira is very hilly, are you sure you want a one litre engine' was the question to me. My smart answer was - why do you rent out one ... read more
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Hiking in the sunshine

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal October 16th 2017

Funchal At our last port we had the most fun. We overnighted here and the weather was perfect. The view from our verandah was lovely and we could watch the sun rise over the mountains. Our adventure took us high in mountains. The roads were narrow and winding with very steep drops to the valley below. Anyone with vertigo was in real trouble. Even I had to look away once or twice, especially when we passed another bus coming our way. Our first stop was a resort on a mountain peak where we could sample cake and a local liquor and, of course buy, buy, buy. They had a display of Madeira going back at far as 1880. They were not priced but I could just imagine what it might cost. This area is a hikers ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira August 18th 2017

The island of the levadas - that pretty much sums up a big part of the hiking trail network on Madeira. These water carrying, tunnel passing, the fields irrigating, hiker pleasing channels, formerly built by slaves, are a sight itself and should be at least one part of any Madeira itinerary. We saw several of them - Levada dos Balcoes, from Ribeiro Frio to Portela, the Levada do Norte to Cabo Girao, the Levada Nova and the Levada do Moinho, and the Levada da Serra. Each of them, all accessible by public transport, was special in its own way: - Ribeiro Frio to Portela: starts easy through a forrest in Ribeiro Frio, passes walls of green with a bit of running water, has several smaller tunnels with steep descents right next to the path, ends up ... read more
Approaching the airport of Madeira
Garajau beach
Ponta do Garajau

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal June 13th 2017

Madeira We have been to Madeira many times, normally at the beginning of the year so it was great to be back when some of gardens were in full bloom. The cruise is focussed on the flower festivals on the islands so it was off on a tour to see two of them. By the way as usual a half a day in each garden was not nearly enough to do the places justice. Gardens are open throughout the year and welcome visitors. Our first garden was on the Palheiro Estate known more famously as Blandys garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Madeira Island, today they form part of the Estate which includes a Hotel, Golf course, the Palheiro Village and Florialis orchid nurseries. The land first belonged to the Count of Carvalhal ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira January 12th 2017

Hej Alle, Et lille billede fra ferien til Madeira, som var helt fantastisk. Savner virkelig alle de søde mennesker, den smukke natur og selvfølgelig den daglige yoga. Billedet er taget fra en af de mange skønne morgensvømmeture efter 2 timers yoga, den perfekte måde at starte dagen på. Øverst på klippen kan lige skimtes det smukke hotel, som man også kun kan drømme sig tilbage til. Knus... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal December 8th 2016

Daar gaan we weer! Het lijkt wel of we met de jaren steeds minder rust in de kont hebben. We willen wat meer reizen (als de financiën het toelaten) en strandwandelingen maken, af en toe in wat betere restaurants eten. En ook het steeds vochtiger wordende klimaat van Madeira ontlopen. Dus op naar een nieuw woongebied: de Algarve! Reizen valt hier niet mee. Zeker sinds de veerpont naar Portimão niet meer vaart. Dat is een verhaal apart trouwens, nog een lelijke erfenis van de vorige president en zijn vriendjespolitiek. Het bedrijf van een van die vriendjes opereert de veerboot van Funchal naar Porto Santo, en die wilde ook wel de verbinding van Funchal naar Portimão in handen krijgen. Dus werd het de Armas, een Spaans bedrijf dat van Spanje via Portugal en Madeira een verbinding onderhield ... read more
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in de villa die we gehuurd hebben
villa Tara

Europe » Portugal » Madeira November 21st 2016

An Easy Jet flight from Manchester to Madeira allowed us to escape the cold winter UK weather for 2 weeks. Our apartment in Palheiro Village, Funchal was very comfortable and well appointed, overlooking the sea with a nice balcony. A bus stop nearby gave us easy access into Funchal centre. There was a steep hill up to the Palheiro Golf Club but the reward was super views of Funchal harbour and country walks to Casa Velha and around the golf course. We had several days out "on the buses". We travelled up to Monte on bus no 22 and visited the church and the old train station. Then via bus 48 to Picos dos Barcelos with stunning views of Funchal and the mountains. In Funchal we visited Igresia de Sao Paulo a charming 16th Century church ... read more
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Palheiro appartments
Val with sea view

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal August 11th 2016

Waarschijnlijk hebben jullie allemaal wel iets gelezen over de branden op Madeira. Terwijl ik dit schrijf zijn er nog diverse gaande, meer naar het westen. Er hangt een soort mistige rook boven Funchal en roet en as zweven nog overal in de lucht. De brand begon als een bosbrandje, aangestoken door een pyromaan die bekend was als zodanig bij de politie. Ik zag de eerste rookpluim verschijnen in het bos boven de wijk Alegria (= geluk!), waar een vriendin van ons woont. Het was bloedheet en er stond een harde oostenwind, rechtstreeks uit de Sahara. De pyromaan moet zich in de handen gewreven hebben met dit buitenkansje. Hij is gepakt, maar je vraagt je af waarom hij niet, als bekende bij de politie, beter in de gaten gehouden werd. We waren net terug van bloedprikken voor ... read more
dinsdag in de oostelijke heuvels
donderder en donkerder
dinsdagavond vanaf het balkon

Europe » Portugal » Madeira May 9th 2016

Just a few pics pf Madeira Home tomorrow... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Funchal April 12th 2016

Dateline: Madeira Island, Funchal, Portugal Today greets us with red tile roofs glistening in the morning sunshine all up and down the green hills of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal with high peaks and forests framing the town. We just spent 7 days at sea mostly under cloud cover with drizzle …sun peeking out to tantalize us from time to time and we’re suffering from the time changes. You’d think that just pushing the clock forward an hour a day wouldn’t be a problem… but it is ;-) We found ourselves walking the decks at 2am! Anyway…when we were about 1500 miles out from Florida, we came upon a 56’ sailboat in the midst of the Atlantic. Brave souls. Although we like to sail, the thought of crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat is quite scary ;-) Today ... read more
2. Toboganning in 75 degrees
3. Mother Church of Our Lady of Monte
4. Old Pup Friend




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