Pouring rain & Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

What better activity to do in the pouring rain than visit the exquisite gardens of Monte!? I had these gardens on my list for 3 weeks prior to visiting them and I was so excited, regardless of the terrible weather, that we didn’t postpone the trip. With a history dating back to the 18th century,

Chasing water wheels in Madeira’s north.

High up on the mountainside of Sao Jorge are two working water wheels; the Moinho a Agua (a 300 year old working flour mill) and the Serragem de agua da Achadinha ( a water saw mill that is run for tourists on a donation basis). Moinho a Agua We went first in search of this working

Hiking Sao Lourenco with kids. Madeira

Madeira has categorised its more popular hikes with the letters PR…. PR8 is the ‘Ponta de Sao Lourenco’ hike. Walking from car park to the final tip is an undulating but not difficult 9km walk. We’ve done this walk twice; once just Emma and the kids and the second time with Rich, the boy and

The black sands of Seixal, Madeira

seixal village After not discovering a sand beach at Prainhas, we headed west across the island to Seixal to see what it was like.  It is a really small town just before you get to Porto Moniz and I’m pretty sure there’s only one road that leads DOWN! It isn’t well signposted (No surprise for Madeira) but