Monthly Archives: November 2016

Microclimates

People who lives (or visits) the Madeira Islands will notice that it has an extraordinary climate. The island shows several (large) microclimates thanks to its orography, its geographical location and the kaleidoscopic effect of the mountains and Atlantic Ocean. Here on the island of Madeira Mother Nature plays with the weather ... dividing it into…
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Ribeira Brava

Ribeira Brava is one of the first parishes of Madeira and became an important post on the trade route during the 15th Century. The village prospered in the cultivation of sugar which at the time was the islands primary crop. Ribeira Brava is said to have gotten its name from the wild river that used…
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São Vicente

Located on the northern coast of Madeira where the junction of the north coast highway and the Passover from Funchal is the village of São Vicente. São Vicente was once quite isolated from the rest of the island due to precarious winding roads down the north and southern slopes that were used to get to…
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Noite do Mercado – Madeira Christmas Night Market

Noite do Mercado (Night of the Market) is the traditional Madeira Christmas celebration in Funchal that will take place on December 23rd and will last all night long. The location of this event will take place in the famous Funchal market (Mercado dos Lavradores) and the streets surrounding the market. It will be crowded with…
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Poço da Neve – Well of Snow

Some things seems trivial nowadays, but in the past they were unthinkable, ... for example ice. With the advent of refrigerators and other similar devices today it has become possible to have ice all year-round. Now ... imagine 100 years ago .... how could one get ice? Only in winter and in the highest regions…
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