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Ponta de São Lourençao

On one of our last days in Madeira, we decided to drive to the eastern tip of the island.  Ponta de São Lourençao is a craggy peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic, flanked by islets and white water.  It’s a strange place; when you set out from the car park and walk between huge, red […]

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Câmara de Lobos

Let’s brighten up the grey skies and January drizzle with a throwback to the clifftops, banana trees and pastel houses of Madeira, shall we?  Or more specifically, Câmara de Lobos.  Just around the corner from the capital, Funchal, Câmara de Lobos is a pretty little town tucked away in a horse-shoe shaped harbour with colourful houses, […]

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Driving Around Madeira

When we told people we were planning on renting a car for the final week of our trip to the island of Madeira, we got a lot of ‘Ooh, be careful’s and even one ‘Are you effing crazy?!’  We shrugged off all those horror stories about terrifying roads and laughed off the warnings about suicidal […]

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Nacional v Sporting Lisbon

I don’t think we went to a restaurant in Madeira where football wasn’t playing on a TV in the corner.  Not a massive surprise; this is the country that gave the world Cristiano Ronaldo after all.  Anyway, while we were staying in Funchal we got the chance to go and see his home team – […]

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Climbing Pico Ruivo

Madeira is a hiker’s dream.  The whole island is criss-crossed with trails up mountains and alongside Levadas (irrigation channels).  Sunny and I, we’re not hikers, but we like walking and exploring so we knew we wanted to do a couple of walks while we were in Madeira – especially seeing as we had the rental […]