Category Archives: Madeira

Interview with Althea, yoga-tantra teacher and Gestalt therapist

This week we are featuring an interview with Althea, a yoga-tantra teacher and a Gestalt therapist who moved recently to Madeira Island. Madeiraful: Althea, thank you for the opportunity in allowing us a ‘peek’ into your relationship with the Green Pearl of the Atlantic, better known as Madeira Island. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your profession?

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Cost of living in Funchal, Madeira Island

I came across an interesting website that is called Expatistan … which offers a cost of living comparisons for more than 1,900 cities all over the world. Funchal, the city of Madeira Island, is also included in this cost of living database. I have extracted a snapshot, see below, of the cost of living in Funchal, Portugal. Please keep in

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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 street in Funchal … accompanied by over thousands of participants

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Braguinha de Madeira

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

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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 an impression of such an Arraial …. check out the

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Madeira Nature … a Festival of Colors and Biodiversity

Madeira … a Portuguese archipelago, that is the outermost region of the European Union, has a very high green biodiversity, and in combination with the ocean, mountains and sky it creates a real festival of colors. Madeira is an unique and mysterious island with its stunning rock formations, subtropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting and vivid turquoise waters

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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 complex pleasant sensations all over the body, triggering an intense

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Interview with journalist Claudine Moitié

We are very happy that Claudine Moitié, aka clok_moitie on Flickr has agreed on taking part in an interview for the Levadeiros of Madeira. Claudine Moitié is a photographer from France.

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 of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited

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Allergies and eating out on Madeira

Eating out is a great part of the holiday fun, it is an important part of exploring new cultures and flavours. What better way to get to know a new destination than to eat what the locals eat and enjoy the typical food of your new surroundings? But when you have allergies for certain ingredients it can be more challenging to enjoy

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Interview with Ecomusicalis

Music with nature becomes perfect and has its cause. It is born from equilibrium. Equilibrium is born of what is fair, what is fair is born from the sense of the world.

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,

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Is Madeira just for oldies?

Those who says that “Madeira is just for oldies” have not yet discovered the real Madeira! On the other hand it could be that they are our loyal visitors that are saying this in order to keep this beloved destination a secret Watch the promotional video of Rui Martins (RumaVideo) and make your own conclusion:

Magnificent Madeira

This is one second most beautiful video of Madeira Island that I have come across on the Web. This video is entitled “Magnificent Madeira” made by Pavel Masek from the Czech Republic.

Festival do Atlantico, Funchal, Madeira Island

The Atlantic Festival is an event organized by the Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and Transport which combines entertainment and culture. This festival sets the beginning of the summer season in Madeira and includes a miscellaneous of initiatives which extend throughout the month of June: the Madeira Music Festival, the Regional Arts Week and musical fireworks shows. These nightly shows

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Madeira Flower Festival – Festa da Flor 2012

With the arrival of spring, the city of Funchal turns into a inebriating floral stage filled with enchantment. The magic of this event starts on Saturday morning, with the Children’s Parade, on which, hundreds of children dressed for the occasion event to the Municipio Square where a beautiful flower mural is built, that is symbolically named “The Wall of Hope”

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Pico Ruivo (video)

Pico Ruivo, Madeira Island, by Joel Sérgio Pereira Pico Ruivo – Madeira Island from Joel Sérgio Pereira on Vimeo. When playing click on the Expand-icon to watch the video in Full Screen mode. Press Esc to get back. Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. It can be reached only by foot, usually either from Pico do

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Carnival – Mardi Gras – Carnaval

Madeira Carnival, Madeira Mardi Gras or Madeira Carnaval 2012 is the next main event here on the island. Many people believe that this is Europe’s best Carnival event.