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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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Is Madeira safe to visit?

Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is located in the Atlantic Ocean and well known for its namesake wine and a warm, subtropical climate. Perfect for a visit throughout the whole year, also in winter time. Nowadays there is a question that is getting more important when choosing your next holiday destination: "Is it a safe…
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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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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 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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Where the *heaven* is Madeira?

Madeira island is located 967 km south west of Lisbon. The African coastline is closer by: about 700 km directly west of Casablanca, Morocco. The Canary Islands are the closest by: around 450 km to the south way and to reach the Azores from Madeira you must travel 965 km to the north west.

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Micro-climates within a micro-climate

(2 min read) The Madeira archipelago is known for its mild sub-tropical climate. The island has a very diverse landscape with 50% of the island being above 700m. This results in the rise to various micro-climates within a micro-climate.

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Madeira Carnival

Madeira Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) officially starts Friday before Lent and only ends the following Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday), infecting the whole island with an intense joy. Madeira Carnival Festival is one of the most cheerful regional festivities here on the island. On Friday, the city wakes up to the sound of the philharmonic orchestras and…
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Diving and Snorkeling Madeira

There are excellent areas for diving and snorkeling on Madeira. Did you know that the Garajau area is declared the first and only Marine Reserve in Portugal? It is part of Madeira´s Natural Reserve, with the Laurissilva forest, the Deserted Islands and Selvage Islands. The diving conditions are good nearly all year round (with a…
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Gardens and Parks of Madeira Island

The island of Madeira is world famous for its natural beauty and is often called the "floating garden" in the Atlantic Ocean. The different shades of vegetation on the hills compete with the exotic flowers that bud up everywhere.

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50 Shades of Green

The island of Madeira has many nicknames, such as the flower island, the island of eternal spring or the Pearl in the Atlantic… When I think of Madeira, I think of 50 Shades of Green… Don´t worry, not in a kinky way but because of the beauty of its nature! Funchal is a very green…
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Bolo do Caco

In many restaurants in Madeira you will find ´Bolo do Caco´ as a starter on the menu. It is a traditional type of bread, made with sweet potato and has a flat and circular shape (like a cake) and is therefore called ´bolo´ (Portuguese for cake). Traditionally it is cooked on a flat basalt stone…
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“Espada Preta” or Black Scabbard fish

The black scabbardfish, (Scientific name: Aphanopus carbo, Portuguese name: Peixe Espada Preto), is a deep-water predator that rarely meets any type of rod and line anglers, due to the immense depth in which it lives. An adult black scabbardfish generally lives in depths between 180 to 1,700 m (591 to 5,577 ft), but can make…
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Madeira Island’s GEOdiversity

Madeira ... an oceanic island that has evolved over six million years and with a current landscape that has been stamped by two enormous forces: volcanoes and erosion. Thanks to these forces the islands’ landscape is nowadays marked by a wide variety of unique geological elements that have great touristic potential. As you might already…
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Madeira … The Green Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira, "The Green Pearl of the Atlantic", with its spectacular variety of landscapes, the island that they say it sometimes is 6 different continents in one mini-continent. The friendly locals and the picturesque villages make Madeira a perfect island for those seeking a combination of adventure, sports, nature, sun and rest. The reference to the…
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