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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Missas do Parto (The Childbirth Masses)

Nine days before Christmas (16th till 24th of December), in almost all parishes of the Diocese of Funchal is the celebrated "Missas do Parto" (Masses of childbirth), a religious heritage that is experienced by the parish communities, through songs and events. Despite a tradition of being secular, the "Childbirth Masses" is still one of the…
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Bolo de Mel

(1 min read) Did you know that the Bolo de Mel (honey cake) traditionally was the Christmas cake of Madeira? Many families made the cake at the 8th of December (Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao) and it also is considered as the oldest dessert of Madeira.

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