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Nothing to do is to be everything

Article about Porto Santo written by Marian Nissink The island of Porto Santo is about two hours by ferry from Madeira. There is nothing to do here. There is one supermarket and there are a few terraces that only open when the manager himself feels like it. You do not Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Health

Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Bathing

Literally translated, Shinrin-Yoku means forest bathing, much like sunbathing or bathing in the sea. You do not literally take a bath in the forest, but enjoy the atmosphere of the forest and perceive nature up close with all your senses. In Japan, more and more people are practising this form Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Events

Madeira Island Torch Festival

Have you ever heard of the Festa dos Fachos (torch festival) in Machico? It is one of the oldest traditions celebrated on the island. It originates back in the 16th Century when the Madeiran population used torches to warn the villages of attacks by pirates. We found a few good Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Events

Madeira Flower Festival – Festa da Flor

Every year, two weeks after Easter, Madeira’s flower-festival comes alive on the main streets of Funchal’s centre with floats displaying a myriad of colourful flowers. This is one of the biggest celebrations in Madeira Island. On the Sunday a large parade of flower-decked cars get privileged use of the main Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Madeira

Braguinha is the father of the Ukulele

Machete (Braguinha) is characteristic instrument of Madeira Island. It is a small guitar with four gut strings that are tuned in thirds, with the exception of the two main strings, which have an interval of a fourth. This instrument is used by farmers at feasts and dance. The music is vulgar in a succession of simple chords, but in the hands of a gifted player, the machete is capable of much more pleasant harmonies, and strangers are sometimes pleasantly surprised to hear the music ... in vogue played with considerable effect of an instrument that seems so insignificant. One or two farmers can often be seen on the field after a hard day of work ... playing in their favorite instruments. (more…)

By levadeiro, ago
Events

What is an Arraial?

Madeira has various ‘Arraiais‘ all year round. Arraiais are traditional regional festivities that is celebrated with street processions, flower carpets, churches and street decorations with lights, colorful flags, music, traditional folklore, food and drink. Each town/parish has its own Arraial and they can differ one from another. To give you Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Madeira

Massage while visiting Madeira

When visiting Madeira Island, you can treat yourself during your island visit to a massage … and why not a unique massage…  a Tantra Massage. A Tantra massage is a unique experience in which affectionate and refined touch is used in order to open and relax. It helps you to feel Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Attractions

Carnival Tradition Madeira Island

Did you know that … Carnival was a foolish game of running around, which included water, flour, eggs and tomatoes battles that appeared before the serpentine battles? In Funchal there was a particularly lively area on Shrove Tuesday, where all this running took place: it was located right on the Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
People

The customer is not always king

For me the way people treat restaurant staff reveals a person's character. Customers who treat waiters as 'slaves' or 'servants' ... I consider them as the 'scum of earth' and not 'kings'. A man (or woman) who, for no reason, is actively unpleasant to waiters .. my advice is to avoided them. Also those who patronize waiters and other service offering staff. People that treat waiters as though they were invisible ... are all cretins! They think that it is a sign of sophistication ... NOT! (more…)

By levadeiro, ago
Life

XCS, the new digital information sickness?

XCS is a term disambiguated from the word excess. It means: Consumption of too much information from traditional sources (newspapers, magazines) and digital sources (Internet, phones, television). The word XCS is a neologism. Or is it a protologism? Neologisms are words and terms that have recently been coined, generally do Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Interview

Interview with the makers of ‘WalkMe’

Interview with Pedro Gomes, who is Software Engineer at the University of Madeira and one of the makers of the WalkMe App. What is WalkMe? WalkMe is an iOS and Android mobile application that aims to be a guide to all hikers in Madeira Island and Porto Santo, providing useful information about the levada walks such as photos, description, map, ways to get to the levada and much more. You can use this application either for planning or during the levada walk. (more…)

By levadeiro, ago