Category archives: Madeira

The Travelettes Guide to Madeira

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Rising up from the Atlantic like a little miracle, it's not hard to see that the island exists because it is a volcano... albeit one that is sleeping silently. For now. And yet the same can not be said for the island. Madeira is a place that pumps and pulses with an energy I didn't expect to find during my recent visit. Having become fairly well acquainte[...]

Hotels We Love: Cliff Bay & Porto Mare, Madeira

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  Hands up if you love hotels? The clean white corners of the bed linen, the bouncy fresh towels piled in the bathroom, the soaps you have to unwrap as if they're a gift... oh and what's that? A robe and slippers! Yes! This is me everytime I stay in a hotel that is 4 or 5 stars. I love hotels. I love being shocked at the price of water [...]

My First Food Festival: Rota das Estrelas in Madeira

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In my quest to experience the finest mud-free festivals around I recently found myself in Madeira, Portugal's remote island out in the Atlantic Ocean. I was there to learn a thing or two about fine dining and food festivals at Rota das Estrelas - which translates less beautifully as "The Stars Route" - a gastronomic and culinary adventure featuring some of t[...]

Testing the waters in Madeira

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I can feel the tender warmth of the sun on my back, from very far I hear the waves bashing against the rocky coast. My lips are still salty from swimming this morning. Lazily, without moving a bone, I open my eyes to discover, that I am not the only sluggish being around. Only a few centimetres away is a gecko - sunbathing. Motionless, like myself, it is lin[...]