Category Archives: Madeira

Madeira, the North West tour.

We wanted to explore more of the island so we booked on the North West tour. Many companies offer these tours but we did not want to be on a coach with 50 other people. We chose ‘Pride of Madeira’ … Continue reading

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An afternoon in Camara de Lobos.

Just 10k west of Funchal is the picturesque fishing village of Camara de Lobos ( Lair of the sea wolves ) The name refers to the seals that once swam nearby. In 1950 Winston Churchill visited Madeira and painted many … Continue reading

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A trip to the market in Funchal.

A popular tourist attraction in the old town is the Mercado des Lavradores. the worker’s market. At the entrance there are some tiles depicting life in the market. Inside there is the flower market, always bustling and colourful. The flower … Continue reading

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Art outdoors.

A few years ago the Rua Santa Maria in Funchal was looking very run down. In this former fisherman’s area many of the houses were uninhabited and in a bad state of repair. Then an artist, Jose Maria Montero had … Continue reading

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Espada and Bananas.

It was the last full day of our holiday in Madeira and we booked a table at the Atlantic Restaurante on the Estrada Monumental for a spot of lunch. The setting was ideal with a table by an open window … Continue reading

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The Red Bus Tour

We wanted to explore the area in and around Funchal and we decided that the best way to do it was to use the Red Line sightseeing bus. It is an hop-on  hop-off service with a choice of 21 stops … Continue reading

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Golden Moments, Afternoon Tea at Reid’s Palace Hotel.

It was our Golden Wedding anniversary, Jean and I had been married for 50 years. What better way to celebrate the occasion than by taking  afternoon tea at Reid’s Palace Hotel in Madeira. Reid’s Palace Hotel opened in 1891 and … Continue reading

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The Southwest Tour

During my holiday in Madeira we went on a tour of the Southwest corner of the island with ‘Pride of Madeira’. There were just 8 of us on the tour, two Belgians,two French and one other English couple. A chance … Continue reading

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Lido Promenade- Funchal to Praia Formosa.

I was staying in the popular Lido area of Funchal and decided to do a short walk along the coast. Much has changed since I first visited Madeira in the early 1990’s. The old lido has gone but a new … Continue reading

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The Painted Doors Project. Funchal

I have been asked if I have any more pictures of the doors in the Rua Santa Maria in Funchal. Here are a few more examples. It is a superb place to wander. So much creativity. And, it’s all free.

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