Monthly Archives: January 2019

Madeira … Walk up the isle

According to Adhamhnan O'Sullivan in the Independent.ie there is one thing that Madeira lacks of ... and that is flatness. If you decide to make Madeira your holiday destination, be assured you will be following in famous footsteps. One of the more regular trippers was Winston Churchill who first visited in 1899 on his way…
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Santana

Santana ... short form for Santa Ana (meaning Saint Anne) is a municipality along the northern coast of the island of Madeira, and is familiarly depicted in guides as the area with "A"-frame homes. These images point to the typical, stone-walled thatched roof houses found in the area. Santana is located gracefully on the Northern…
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Ponta do Sol

Ponta do Sol is said to be the Madeira sunniest and hottest spots of the island. Hence the name "Ponta do Sol" which means "Point of the Sun" in English. Ponta do Sol is located between Ribeira Brava and Calheta, on the southwest coast of Madeira. Coming from Funchal just follow the high-way all the…
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Machico

Machico is the oldest settlement and Madeira's second largest town. It is said that Machico had gotten its name after an Englishman called Robert Machin, who was shipwrecked here with his mistress in 1344. Machico was Madeira's capital from 1440 - 1496 under Tirstão Vaz Teixeira. Funchal became the capital when the island was unified…
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Porto Santo

Remote from the island of Madeira, Porto Santo is a blissful sanctuary for those needing a break from the relentless demands of modern life. Lying roughly 50 kilometers to the north east of Madeira, Porto Santo is a surprisingly small island - only 11 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide. The island covers an area…
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Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz, situated on the North Western tip of Madeira, is a lovely town to visit. It is known for its natural volcanic ocean pools (Piscinas Naturais), which in the summer is very popular with both locals and tourists. Porto Moniz has the safest harbour on the north coast of the island and a heliport…
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