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Columbus Festival – Festival Colombo 2011

levadeiro/ April 8, 2011/ Attractions, Events, Folklore, History, Images, Island, Madeira Islands, People, PortoSanto, Tips, Traditions, Uncategorized, Video

The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011. The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during

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Poncha da Madeira

levadeiro/ February 14, 2011/ Madeira, Tips, Traditions, Uncategorized

The Poncha is a drink originated in India, brought by the British, and adapted by Madeirans. The Indian name given to the drink, namely pãnch, was initially composed by five ingredients: Rice or nut coconut spirit, sugar, tea of fresh herbs, spices and water. It is believed now that the Poncha has been experienced for the first time outside India,

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Festa da Anona

levadeiro/ February 12, 2011/ Attractions, Events, Tips, Uncategorized

The idea of the Festa da Anona (Cherimoya Feast) was born in 1990, through a group of producers of Faial, that wanted to promote their products (fruit) and thus to call the attention the madeirenses in general. The initial idea was a Regional Cherimoya Exhibition, nowadays also known as the Anona Festival, … which is to be held at Faial

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Madeira … The Green Pearl of the Atlantic

levadeiro/ January 25, 2011/ Island, Levadas, Madeira, Madeira Islands, Things To Do, Tips, Travel, Uncategorized

Madeira, “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic”, with its spectacular variety of landscapes, the island that they say it sometimes is 6 different continents in one mini-continent. The friendly locals and the picturesque villages make Madeira a perfect island for those seeking a combination of adventure, sports, nature, sun and rest. An island with many faces, that is Madeira. Still

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Driving on Madeira

levadeiro/ February 25, 2010/ Driving, Madeira, Madeira Islands, Tips, Uncategorized

All roads on Madeira are accessible, with the exception of those that are listed as closed on the site of “Serviço Regional de Protecção Civil” (Regional Civil Protection Service). However these days drivers should be extra careful. A few points to pay attention when driving on Madeira: – Drive carefully. Not too fast, but also not too slow. – At

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Nudism or Topless on Madeira?

levadeiro/ February 9, 2010/ Beaches, Island, Madeira, Madeira Islands, People, Tips

Here on Madeira Archipelago (Madeira and Porto Santo) it is (officially) not allowed to exercise nudism. Also is not allowed for women to go topless on the beach locations. Both the authorities and locals do not tolerate these on the islands. Despite the fact that Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal and in the ‘mainland’ there are a nudist

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World Tourism Day

levadeiro/ September 15, 2009/ Events, Funchal, Madeira, Madeira Islands, Things To Do, Tips, Travel, Uncategorized

27th of September is World Tourism Day. The purpose of this day is to display awareness that tourism is vital to the international community (especially for the Madeira Islands) and to show how it affects the social, cultural, political and economic values. And that is why the island of Madeira offers on this particular day FREE entrance to all tourists

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Events for this month

levadeiro/ August 8, 2009/ Attractions, Events, Funchal, Madeira, Music, Things To Do, Tips, Uncategorized

14th and 15th – Feast of Our Lady of Monte – Funchal This is considered to be the Region’s main feast concerning the people’s devotion, famous all over the world where emigrants from Madeira have settled. Great popular entertainment during the two festival days, transforms the picturesque and romantic parish of Monte into one of the liveliest places in the

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Tips for Walking on Madeira

levadeiro/ July 30, 2009/ Levadas, Madeira, Tips, Uncategorized

Water Ensure that you have sufficient water before starting a (long) walk (minimum of 1.5 liters per person). Check if there are any places to refuel … because walking under Madeira’s hot sun can have a similar effect as if you were walking on the Sahara. If there are no taskas (bars) or shops in the vicinity, look out for

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