Category Archives: Portugal

Should I take my coat? What to pack for Madeira in Winter.

Three questions I’ve received from people this week We’ll attempt to answer the three questions we received whilst on Madeira. It’s always a problem knowing what to pack in Winter, so let’s see if we can help you! What’s the weather like? We were on Madeira for thirty days and the weather was very mixed.  Most days…

The little beach at Prainhas, Madeira

Madeira doesn’t really have that many sandy beaches. Most of its beaches comprise of rocks and pebbles so when I heard that Prainhas was a sand beach, I jumped at the opportunity to go. Getting to Prainhas Prainhas is really close to Sao Lourenco on the south-eastern tip of the island.  During the winter months, the entrance to…

The natural pools of Porto Moniz, Madeira

At the far north-westerly point of Madeira is a little community called Porto Moniz. During the summer months it is a tourist hot-spot but out of season, if you’re brave enough to take a dip, they’re virtually empty. Getting there Following the twisty turny, often single road from Santana is an experience not to miss….

Discovering Madeira: Blandy’s Wine Lodge

In the spirit of.. bonhomie and all that… I ditched my boycott of tours when Rich said he fancied visiting a Madeiran winery.  We went in search of Blandy’s Wine Lodge in Funchal. I was a little disappointed to discover this wine lodge is in the centre of Funchal city. I had visions of rolling countryside,…

The small fishing village of Camara de Lobos, Madeira

The literal translation for this town’s name is ‘chamber of the sea-lions’. Back in 1419 when the island was discovered by Zarco, he found a colony of marine animals sheltering in the bay.  The animals were later categorised as monk seals which today are very rare and only found on the deserted islands (Ilhas Desertas, three long…

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