Category Archives: Madeira

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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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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Essential mountain walking know-how

The first step to a successful and safe (non-group) walking experience in the mountains of Madeira Island is ... PLANNING The level of planning required depends on factors such as weather forecast, experience, the route, etc. Always plan for the best ... take with you the essentials, and know your limits. This applies not only…
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Interview with photographer ‘Bas1953’

We are very happy that 'Bas1953' (his Flickr Photo stream) has agreed on taking part in an interview for the Legendary Travel Madeira (LTM) blog. Bas is a photographer from The Netherlands. LTM: Bas, first of all we want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the readers of our…
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It’s Legendary – Madeira video

Madeira Island is more than just beautiful views, clear blue skies and the turquoise sea. The island exudes an unseen mysterious energy that affects everyone who sets foot on this Portuguese soil. However only those who have a pure heart are the ones who will notice this influence from the island immediately. Those who live…
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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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25 Fontes Falls

The cascade of 25 Fontes (25 fountains) is a group of waterfalls located on the Serrado site of the parish Ribeira da Janela, near the town of Porto Moniz, Madeira Island. This cascade descends from the top of 30 meters in height forming a varied set of waterfalls / springs that go down the rocks…
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Pico do Arieiro

With its altitude of 1818 meters is the Pico do Arieiro the third highest peak on the island. From there you can walk towards Pico Ruivo (1862 meters) which is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. You can reach Pico do Arieiro by car. There is easy road access to the summit, with a…
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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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