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Madeira, also known as the archipelago of Madeira is a group of 4 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located just 280 nautical miles from the African coast, it is more than 500 miles to Lisbon.
Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal, with lush greenery, rugged high cliffs and beautiful pebbly beaches, so it’s no surprise why these volcano-born islands garner so much attention from tourists.
Fun fact: Madeira is closer to Africa than it is to Europe!
Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is Portugal’s second-biggest city and one of the oldest European centres. Its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin.Port wine, one of Portugal's most famous exports, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular, the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport, and export of fortified wine. In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
Sintra is a magnificent town filled with breathtaking historic palaces and castles, all set around the lush tall hills of the Sintra mountains. Once the royal town of the country, Sintra has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and recognised for its incredible history and cultural importance. In the 19th century, Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture by Ferdinand II but has an architecture which dates all the way back to the Moorish empire.
Madeira, also known as the archipelago of Madeira is a group of 4 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located just 280 nautical miles from the African coast, it is more than 500 miles to Lisbon.Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal, with lush greenery, rugged high cliffs and beautiful pebbly beaches, so it’s no surprise why these volcano-born islands garner so much attention from tourists.Fun fact: Madeira is closer to Africa than it is to Europe!
Considered the westernmost point of Europe, the Azores is an archipelago of 9 volcanic islands in the blue immensity of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is worldwide recognized for its scenery of natural beauty, blessed with stunning landscapes of lakes, green meadows, volcanos, geysers and hot thermal waters. It is also funnily known for having a massive herd of cows, being commonly said by locals that the Azores have more cows than people. The Azores is also characterized for its picturesque towns, full of colourful character and cobbled squares that bring the Renaissance and Discoveries period back in time. The world’s recognition of the immeasurable value of the Azores dates back decades ago. In 1983, UNESCO named the Historical Centre of Angra do Heroismo, in the island of Terceira, as World Heritage, and, in 2004, the Landscape of Pico Island Vineyard Culture, in the island of Pico. The first references to the island’s settlement date back to the 14th century. Under the command of Prince Henry, the Navigator, the Azores were discovered by the Portuguese, that claimed their rights over it. The active settlement only started later and was shared between the Portuguese and the Flemish over two centuries. It is even said that the particular Azorean accent has its roots in the French language. Fun Fact: the Azores is the only place in Europe that grows green tea!
The neglected child of central Lisbon, Anjos has been relishing a lively rebirth in recent years. Part of the old Lisbon in Avenida Almirante Reis - one of the most sought-after Lisbon neighbourhood for investment -, Anjos is known for its rough edges, economic activities and its multicultural ambience. The neighbourhood includes one of the city's most prominent late 19th-century Portuguese-style architecture. Gentrification is well underway, but it is balanced with a thriving activist and cooperative landscape.
The parish of Avenidas Novas presents a configuration of streets that intersect in a perpendicular way, creating square blocks. The main avenues, which gave it its name - New Avenues literally -, start at the stately Avenida da Liberdade and Rotunda do Marquês de Pombal with Parque Eduardo VII and Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, passing by Praça Duque de Saldanha and heading towards Jardim do Campo Grande, along the Avenida da República and its adjacent streets. As the capital expanded, Avenidas Novas became the axis of the city's northward expansion in the 19th century. From a residential area of art nouveau mansions built for the middle-classes, Avenidas Novas turned into one of the main business and commercial centres of Lisbon thanks to the existence of shopping centres galore, and also many established large companies in the different avenues around this area. Despite the absence of historic sites, this area of town nonetheless draws a large number of visitors since it is home to several hotels and one of the city's greatest museums - the must-see Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
Rich in history, right in the centre of Portugal’s Capital City of Lisbon, one can find this park in the Arroios parish over a hill that’s between the valleys that correspond to Avenida da Liberdade and Avenida Almirante Reis. This park inherits its name of Campo dos Mártires da Pátria (Homeland Martyrs’ Field) in memoriam of Portuguese General Gomes Freire de Andrade and eleven of his companions, sentenced to be hanged in a staged trial, accused of revolting and fighting against the British Military General and Portuguese Army Marshal, Lord Beresford, regent ruler of Portugal instead of king D. João VI, who was living in Brazil at the time. Gomes Freire de Andrade was a powerful Portuguese Mason, accused by Lord Beresford of conspiring to diminish his power of rule in Portugal, in the Portuguese king’s absence. After executing Gomes Freire de Andrade and his companions, Lord Beresford then travelled to Brazil to ask king João VI for more powers, which were granted. However, General Gomes Freire de Andrade’s execution by Lord Beresford’s sentence ignited a revolt against the British ruler’s regency, led to protests in the North of Portugal and intensified an anti-British feeling, which ignited the Portuguese Liberal Revolution and to the fall of Lord Beresford, that was stopped from disembarking in Lisbon after returning from Brazil.
Few people know this, but Alcácer do Sal is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded over a thousand years B.C. Laid out over the right bank of the Sado river, it is a historic area in Portugal, best known for its rice fields. Alcácer do Sal is the second-largest municipality in the country, located in the northern part of Alentejo, very close to the Atlantic. For a long time, salt was the main reason for the settlement of peoples in this region. From the Phoenicians' times, through the Roman empire, until the 18th century, salt was transported by galleons from dozens of salt flats. Eventually, salt flats were converted into rice paddies, which started using a network of channels supplied by the Pego do Altar and Santa Susana dams. Today there is still one salt flat operating, the “Salina da Batalha”, which is open for guided tours. Over the Sado valley, on the hilltop, a Moorish castle was built in the 12th century. It was later conquered by King Afonso II, passing into the Portuguese domain. Álcacer is also home to one the most beautiful “Pousadas de Portugal”, has beautiful beaches just a few kilometres away and offers the best wild boar steak in the country, as well as delicious seafood from the Sado river.
The capital and the largest city on all the islands is Funchal. Funchal is located on the southern side of Madeira island and has so much to offer tourists. From botanic gardens to the beautiful harbour which is close to so many renowned restaurants.
Madeira island is home to Cabo Girão, which stands over 1,900 feet above the sea. Why not climb up there to get a natural viewpoint of the island? With breathtaking views at the top and with several activities to do here, this is the perfect place for all thrill-seekers. If you are an adrenaline junkie you can take a leaf out with the famous parachutist, Mario Pardo, who jumped off of a motorcycle in Cabo Girão and parachuted to land.
You can also head to the glass observation deck called skywalk and see the top of the cliff both around and below you, and paraglide from the top of this cliff alongside base jumping which is jumping off a cliff and then parachuting to land!
Madeira island is mountainous with over 1300 miles of hiking trails, so this is the perfect place to get entranced in nature. Laurel forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, may be a great starting point. Some other great hiking trails include the Levada do Caldeirão Verde starting at Queimadas forest park. This trail is fairly straightforward with a few narrow paths but the views throughout the hike are definitely worth it! And do remember to bring appropriate shoes for the hike! For more information about what those could be, click here.
The Madeira Islands are the home of Madeira fortified wine. This wine dates back to the late 15th century when Madeira was a regular stop for ships and can range from dry to sweet. Depending on how you like your wine, we recommend booking a wine tasting tour whilst on this island to get a taste of what the island has to offer. You can also read our guide to the best Portuguese wines!
Espetada is a traditional dish made from beef seasoned in garlic, salt and bay leaf and left to marinate for a few hours in Madeira wine, vinegar and olive oil. The meat is then cut into pieces and placed on skewers to be grilled. A must try if you plan on visiting the island!
Though the Desertas Islands are not called this, they definitely should be! These tiny collections of islands are home to some of the most unique and diverse bird species in the whole of the Madeira islands! Why not visit for your chance to possibly see some unique species such as the Mediterranean monk seals and the Madeiran wall lizard!
Standing at 1818 meters high, Pico do Arieiro is Madeira Island's third-highest peak. From the top, you can easily look down on the clouds and watch them go by. On a clear day, it is possible to see the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, 30 miles to the northeast, and one o Portugal’s 7 Natural Wonders. The footpath northwards towards Pico Ruivo is a big tourist attraction leaving us awed with the atmosphere and breathtaking views.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
Getting around Madeira island is fairly straightforward as there are many bus routes covering the whole island. Taxis and Ubers are also easily spotted around the island. Car rentals are also quite frequent with tourists as there are plenty of reliable and cheap cars for hire in Madeira island.
If you are planning on island hopping around Madeira, then we recommend using the government ferry. This ferry service is called Funchal Porto Santo and connects Madeira Islands with Porto Santo Island. The ferry crossing occurs up to 6 times each week and usually takes around 2h30. The times for this may differ now though due to covid, so make sure you check the ferry servicesâ€™ official website.
There are many shopping centres located on Madeira island. Though the majority of them are located in the capital, there are many smaller local shops dotted around the island. Some of the biggest shopping centres in Funchal are ForumShopping, Madeirashopping, Le vie and Monumental Experience.
With hundreds of clothing stores, plenty of restaurants and entertainment within the shopping centres, these places are a perfect family-friendly activity.
Madeira only has one airport which is located on Madeira island. Itâ€™s called Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (FNC). This airport is an international one and with many frequent cheap airlines such as Easyjet. Return flights from London to Madeira, for instance, cost on average â‚¬100.
The weather in the islands is usually warm. The summers (between April to September) are quite hot and dry whilst the winters (between October to March) can be quite cool but not cold as the temperatures usually never drop below 10Â°C. Rainfall is very low but not uncommon during the winter.Â
Restaurants & Bars
With literally hundreds of bars and restaurants scattered around the islands, youâ€™ll be spoilt for choice for places to go to and have a drink. If youâ€™re in Funchal, we suggest you take a walk around and try some local cuisines. A great place to start is Taverna Madeira, located close to the coast. It is a beautiful restaurant serving up some of the best traditional Portuguese dishes including Espetadas!
Hole in one is also a charming pub located on the southern coast of Madeira island. Located in the capital, this pub has beautiful decor and a grand open beer garden. This is the place to be if sitting with a drink at hand and watching the waves go by from a cool distance sounds like a good idea to you!
Though these islands are small, they sure donâ€™t lack in wonder. Beaches are no exception. With soft warm sand and beautiful blue waters, these islands are the perfect place to relax. If you are in Porto Santo island head to Praia do Penedo, Praia do CabeÃ§o or Praia das Pedras Pretas.
All these beaches are free to visit and some of them (Praia das Pedras Pretas) are much quieter and a perfect hideaway if you want some alone time.
Other beaches you can visit are Prainha, Machico and Calheta. From these not only do you get front row seats of the amazing waves, but youâ€™ll also get to see Ponta de SÃ£o LourenÃ§o. Â Â
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