Church of Nossa Senhora, Monte, Madeira, Portugal

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…

Funchal Madeira

Is Madeira in the EU?

Many people ask themselves or Google if Madeira is in the EU and the answer is … YES! Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal and therefore part of the European Union (EU) and the currency is the Euro. The archipelago, discovered by the Portuguese in 1418, is made up Read more…


Is there Wifi on Madeira?

Are there any Wi-Fi Hotspots (Public wireless acces) on Madeira Islands? Click here here and see it for yourself. P.S. check here for a List of Wi-Fi Hotspots on Madeira. For the time being it is a free service.

Ponta do Sol, Madeira

Is Madeira safe?

Just received an unexpected question from Joan S. (Cincinnati, US) My husband and I are fed up. We are searching the web for places with no or low criminality. We came across your blog. Is this island Madera a safe place? We need to go away from all these VT Read more…



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 Read more…


Gay and Lesbian scene

Portugal, and also the Madeira Archipelago, has a long history of repression and public intolerance of homosexuality. Luckily these days … the voices of repression have simmered down and can be ignored … as Madeira has become generally tolerant of homosexuality, which was decriminalized in 1982, eight years after the Read more…


Madeira in short

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago that is located between 32°22.3’N 16°16.5’W and 33°7.8’N 17°16.65’W in the north Atlantic Ocean. It is since 1976 an autonomous region of Portugal. The largest of the group of islands is Madeira. Of the other three islands in the group, only Porto Santo is inhabited; Read more…


Marriage in Madeira

Is it possible, as citizens from another country, to have a marriage on the island of Madeira? In this case the question came from the Netherlands. I inquired the Dutch consul here in Funchal and also a few hotels. They informed me that for Dutch citizens to be able to Read more…


Wheelchair friendly?

Is Madeira wheelchair friendly (or not)? How are the access to hotels, restaurants and attractions? The answer to this is unfortunately …. not friendly at all! Even with the EU law (October 2004 ) saying that all EU countries must have disable access in all public places ….. Madeira is Read more…