Category Archives: Portugal

On the road: Being vegan in Madeira

Let’s face it, when we think of food from European countries like Portugal, Spain and Italy, veganism isn’t the first thing we think of and because of this we just didn’t know what to expect.  We always pack food in our suitcases to tide us over the first few days; little things like a bag…

Free things to do with kids on Madeira Island

We all know that going on holiday can be expensive enough without adding in the cost of kids’ ‘attractions’ as well,  so we’ve compiled a list of things to do on Madeira which are either free or very cheap. Free things to do on Madeira with kids If you’d like more information on each attraction,…

Hiking Pico Ruivo – Pico Areeiro (Arieiro) with kids

Hiking Pico Ruivo from Areeiro (Arieiro) is by far the most challenging and gruelling hike we have ever completed. (I wrote this in 2017 before we’d attempted Volcan Acetenango in Guatemala). Read on if you want to know how we hiked this with our kids who were 13, 7 and 6 years at the time…

VLOG: Achada Do Teixera to Pico Ruivo

VLOG: Achada Do Teixera to Pico Ruivo. Rather than take photos the kids and I decided to vlog our very windy hike from Achada do Teixera to Pico Ruivo. Read on if you want to see how windy it was and read our tips and map. PR 1.2 Teixera to Pico Ruivo All of Madeira’s…

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…

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…

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