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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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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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Winston Churchill

(2 min read) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a nature lover, visited Madeira Island not only because of his landscape, the flowers, the beautiful scenes for his paintings, but also to recover from the fatigue and illness which he started to suffer in those days.

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Christmas light decorations Madeira

(2 min read) Many streets are decorated with Christmas light decorations, in various ways. Each year it is a surprise to see which decorations are newly designed and it is always a pleasure to see old ´friends´ again.

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Madeira Weather – Averages

(3 min read) The Madeira weather can be considered as a subtropical climate that is very smooth and soft. This is thanks to the location of Madeira Islands, in the eastern part of the North Atlantic

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Madeira Wine Festival – Festa do Vinho

(2 min. read) The Madeira Wine Festival (Festa do Vinho) is one of Madeira's top tourist events that pays gratifying tribute to the precious nectar. This event takes place in the months August and September.

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Madeira Wine and Wine from Madeira

(2 min read) When we speak about wine from Madeira, most people think about Madeira Wine, this is a typical and distinct wine which can be serve as an aperitif or digestive.

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Therapeutic ‘Powers’ of Porto Santo

(3 min read) If you are looking for a Zen moment, where all the attention is directed to taking care of yourself, your health and your well-being, try the Psammotherapy (hot sands) and Thalassotherapy (sea water) in Porto Santo.

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Madeira Birdwatching

(3 min read) For the travellers who love to admire all kinds of birds, not only for its physical beauty but also for its skills and ingenuity, then Madeira Island is the ideal destination to practise birdwatching.

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Madeira Flower Festival

Each year after Easter, the city of Funchal changes into a stage of a luxurious treat for the senses. It is known as the famous Madeira Flower Festival (pt: Festa da Flor)

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