Category Archives: Madeira

History of Madeira

History of Madeira The Portuguese navigators Tristão Vaz Teixeira, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and João Gonçalves Zarco officially discovered the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo in 1419. In reality, these navigators first discovered the island of Porto Santo (1418) following a storm at sea during which the vessel was deviated from its route along the coast…
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Cais do Carvão, Funchal

Located in between the lido swimming pool and clubhouse Naval do Funchal (that was before Quinta Calaça), is the former Pier Wilson, now known as Cais do Carvão (Coal Wharf). The pier was built in 1903. From here many vapour-vessels passing were supplied with coal on their way through Funchal to America and Africa. The…
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Beaches and Nightlife

There are a few (new) man-made beaches, such as Calheta Beach, and the sea pool complexes in Porto Moniz and in Funchal. BUT ... when you are on Madeira you can always visit its little sister-island Porto Santo ... which has 8km beautiful golden sand beach.

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Protect yourself against the sun

During your visit to Madeira Islands we advice you to follow these next few hints how to protect yourself against the dangerous UVA- and UVB-rays from the sun. The UV rays emitted by the sun are strongest and most harmful at mid-day, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Most people think that…
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Madeira Island Stargazing

There is a special attraction that most visitors to Madeira island are not aware of. Or maybe they find it to scary to do it. For those who have transportation (car rental) they can drive all the way up to the 'rooftop' of the island, for example the high planes of Paúl da Serra, 1400m…
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Golf

The Madeira Islands with their eternal spring are the perfect golf destination all year round. Two different islands, three magnificent golf courses and a wide range of accommodation, leisure and wellness for all golfers. Their golfing tradition goes back to 1937, when three British men, Miles, Leacock and Blandy, built the first nine-hole course. In…
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