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…

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…

Pouring rain & Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

With a history dating back to the 18th century, 70 thousand square metres of gardens and over 100,000 varieties of plants, the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens of Madeira are a treat to explore.  We love exploring parks and we always have fun but here was different, we had a LOT of fun. We hope you…

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

Madeira in Winter: In january 2017 we spent January on the island of Madeira. We’ll attempt to answer the three questions that we received whilst on the island which revolve around its weather and what to pack in Winter, so let’s see if we can help you! What’s The Weather Like On Madeira In Winter?…

Prainhas Beach Madeira & Taking Kids To The Little Sandy Cove

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. It’s a small beach and we had it entirely to ourselves – admittedly in winter! How To Get To Prainhas Prainhas…

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