Madeira “The Pearl of the Atlantic”

Madeira and Porto Santo

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a heaven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two-thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.

 

 

Madeira island - Portugal

Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vicente, Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz! Are you ready to see the island?! Let’s start the tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flower Festival takes place in Funchal from the 4th to the 21st of May 2017

Sports, events and all about Madeira!

The Levadas of Madeira

One of the best-known “Levadas” starts at Ribeiro Frio. A “Levada” is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the Portuguese island of Madeira. The “Levada das 25 Fontes” leads from Rabaçal to the foot of the cliff with several springs cascades into it but there are many walking trails along the maintenance path. Madeira and Porto Santo are also well known for water sports and paragliding.

 

 

 

 

Some out of many interesting touristic places are: Monte, Curral das Freiras, Pico do Areeiro, Cabo Girão, Ribeira Brava, Paul da Serra, Sta. Maria Madalena, Camacha…The Archipelago of Madeira consists in the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens.

Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.
Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.

Having been colonized on behalf of the Infante D. Henrique, it was harbour of departure for Christopher Columbus (Cristóvão Colombo) on his discovery of the “New World”. Its rare and natural beauty has volcanic origins. Its several mountains can reach heights up to 1.850 m. Also due to its climate, it is a place suitable for the growing of fruits and flowers, some of them being very famous because of its quality. In conclusion, Madeira and Porto Santo are fantastic places to relax, far away from the city stress. Don’t miss “Câmara de Lobos” where Cristiano Ronaldo grew up which is a small and very particular village with great “tascas” and enjoy the best “Poncha” cocktail in Madeira.

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Cabo Girão – as good as in China

Portugal ranks as one of the best destination worldwide and Madeira Archipelago worths a week minimum. To get there I recommend TAP Airways and Easyjet. Transavia also does Madeira. To Porto Santo island go by ferry with Lobo Marinho or by plane from Funchal or directly from Lisbon and Porto. When to go? Every single day of the year seems to be a good time, however, there is no ferry in January. Where to stay? Funchal has more than 1000 hotels from Luxury like Reid’s and The Cliff Bay to hostels. I lived in both islands and as a tourist, I recommend them both.

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An option to the ferry "Lobo Marinho"  may you wish.
An option to the ferry “Lobo Marinho” may you wish.

 

 

 

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Azores: Journey of a Lifetime

The Azores – A Marine Paradise

A compact archipelago of tiny islands where the sperm whale and dolphin watching are pointed as the highlights.

 

 

 

 

Marine sightseeings in the Azores

Lucky you if apart from whales and dolphins incidentally watch the superfast marlins, turtles, swordfish, sharks, and seabirds. The boat tours companies cannot guarantee but take the chance and go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azores an Eco-tourism Secret Resort

Ecotourism, top gastronomy, whales and bird watching, trials & boat tours. Biking and hiking, water sports. An endless adventure. Welcome back to Portugal.

We bring good news. From December 2016 on, Ryanair has started flying to this destination with offers at the price of 19.99. This time Lages at Ilha Terceira and Lisbon (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and to Porto (Tuesdays and Saturdays). We glad to count 1.000.000 Tourism visit last year. Fortunately and with so much to offer the Azores is finally competing with wonderful Madeira. For fans of sports, both islands have amazing international events all year round. Because we care about communities and don’t want to leave tourism behind we say “CHEERS AZORES”.

We remain to make efforts and hoping to see Ryanair, Easyjet or Transavia flying direct from Lisbon or Porto to ‘The Golden Island’. It’s already time to take the best of Portugal by offering this amazing ECO destination all year round.

The island archipelago of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a natural unique on our planet. The incredible beauty of the volcanic islands Pico and Faial, colorful flowers and a breathtaking impressive wildlife form a real paradise. The worlds most famous whale watching area contains 27 species of dolphins and whales.

 

Gorreana is the only tea plantation in Europe.
Gorreana is the only European tea plantation.

Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe – Azores and hotels available may be booked here.

National Geographic Holand and Belgium have voted the Azores the most beautiful destination in the world. Have a look at http://www.visitazores.com

Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site
Azores UNESCO World Heritage Site

Terceira Island
Angra do Heroismo, in the central area, Terceira Island is listed at the property which belongs to Unesco World Heritage. If you plan a visit, please see Ferry lines

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Azores: Eco-tourism best destination

Flores Island

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Top attraction:
Portuguese dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

The top attraction, the typical dish “Cozido das Furnas” being prepared.

Pico Island - Azores
Pico island

Pico Island

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Azores
Azores

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São Miguel —-Azores.

Azores for nature lovers. Voted by National Geographic has best destination worldwide.
Eco-tourism, gastronomy, ferry boat tours and hiking up the volcano . As you can see I did it myself!
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Gustave Eiffel meets Porto!

European Best Destination 2014

This is one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations, its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city. With a unique and dazzling landscape, the Upper Douro wine region is one of the places considered World Heritage by UNESCO. Go and discover the land where the famous Port Wine is produced.

Porto’s Short Tour: Highlights

Wander the streets of medieval Porto, from which both the country and the fortified wine take their name. Its wonderfully preserved architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status.

  • Torre dos Clérigos
  • Museum “História Natural UP”
  • Igreja das Carmelitas

A seventeenth-century church whose classical façade dates from the 1850s. The project has been attributed to the architect/painter Nicolau Nasoni. The altarpiece, of Porto rococo style, was considered to be a stylistically revolutionary piece. Building designated national monument.

 

Wine Spot

Porto, standing in a commanding position at the mouth of the Douro River, you can visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the heart of the Port Wine industry, served by terraced vineyards lining the slopes inland along the Douro Valley. The history of Porto wine connects the Portuguese and the British people and as far as we know they remain friends. The history of this liaison is worth reading and a deep research…

Port Wine Caves in Gaia

One of the Port Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia
For the Ultimate Port Experience visit Taylor’s Port Cellars.

The Essence of Portugal

The Ways

There is a vast network of pilgrimage roads and paths to the shrine of the apostle St. James which snake and consolidate themselves throughout almost the whole of Europe and have led to a set of globally recognised ‘ways’, such as: the Primitive Way, the French Way, the Via de la Plata, the English Way, the Northern Way, the Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla, the Fisterra-Muxía Way and the Portuguese Way.

Tradition in Porto

The Porto inhabitants love to recreate traditions and customs, recovering old practices and ways of living. The popular festivals, food and wine are always part of the collective celebration of these traditions, as a call for everyone to join in …

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The bridge Don Luís I

Livraria Lello

Visit the bookshop. The history of the library is also the history of brothers Lello who opened the shop in 1906.

 

Estação de São Bento (Railway)

The S. Bento Railway Station was built at the beginning of the twentieth century on the exact location of the former Convent of S. Bento de Avé-Maria. The glass and iron structure was designed by the architect Marques da Silva. The vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the transport evolution and events of Portuguese history and life.

Sé Catedral

Construction dating from the twelfth/thirteenth century, in Romanesque style, that has been enlarged and renewed over the years up to its final setting, in the twentieth century, resulting in an idealized reconstitution of the medieval cathedral. Special mention goes to: the Gothic São João Evangelista Chapel and the cloister, from the fourteenth century; the enlargement of the main chapel, the Santíssimo Sacramento Chapel and its silver altar, from the eighteenth century (mannerist); the eighteenth century Baroque frescos in the main chapel and the sacristy, by Nicolau Nasoni, and the tiles in the cloister, by Vital Rifarto; the sculpture in the Baptism Chapel, by Teixeira Lopes (father) from the nineteenth century.

Muralha Fernandina

Majestic Café

Mosteiro S. Bento da Vitória

At the very heart of Porto, in Vitória parish, the São Bento da Vitória Monastery – a classified National Monument since 1977 – is one of the municipality’s most important religious buildings.

Under the auspices of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, the Major Cloister was covered with an acoustic shell, a steel structure on four pillars, and received a wooden floor. In 2007, the Portuguese State conceded the TNSJ an important part of the building, which now hosts theatre shows, concerts and special events in the TNSJ’s programming, besides various events organized by outside institutions.

Gustave Eiffel designed Porto’s Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro.The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

If you’re planning a visit to Porto, you must sample, at least “francesinha” and “Rojões” and because Douro Valley is the only producer of “Vinho Verde” have at least a glass of wine!

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Tourism Porto 

Europes Rising Star Porto & Douro Valley Photos traveller

Maria Pia Bridge, opened in 1877, across a gorge in the Douro. The modern road bridge crosses the river beyond.

Market Ferreira Borges

S. Francisco Church

Palácio da Bolsa

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Estadio do Dragao ( FC Porto stadium). Go along the rails of the history of Porto from the past to the present in a singular exhibition. Take the best of life, travel to Porto!

Upper Douro wine region – UNESCO

Lisbon – “Gateway to Europe”

European Heritage Days 2016

This is an opportunity to re-familiarise ourselves with Portugal country’s past! The 22, 24 and 25th September! Free entry

Check it at http://www.patrimonio cultural.pt

Follow me to Portugal!

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Parque das Nações
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Theater São Carlos
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Eat good food! Visit Portugal!

TOP attractions of Portugal

Portugal – UNESCO World Heritage

Portugal is a country with a lot to offer: beach destinations and nautic sports, culture, hancraft markets, food festivals, a giant list of UNESCO World Heritage.

Lisbon and Porto are now competing for the 1st destination most visited in Portugal but there are many other cities, regions and attractions in between. Coimbra ant its University, the sencond oldest in Europe, listed at the World Heritage and Queima das Fitas Festival, nine nights out party, festival of music celebrated by the students and people from all over the country and abroad.

University of Coimbra - UNESCO World Heritage
University of Coimbra – UNESCO World Heritage

University of Coimbra – UNESCO World Heritage

Guitarra portuguesa, exclusively from Lisbon
Guitarra portuguesa, exclusively from Lisbon

Guitarra portuguesa, exclusively from Lisbon

Have you heard about Sintra?!!!
Have you heard about Sintra?!!!

Have you heard about Sintra?!!!

Visit Casa do fado in Lisbon to go deeper in portuguese culture through music.

The Madeiran Arquipelago together with the Golden Island (Porto Santo) are worth a week visit. Porto Santo has a 9 km of gold sand and one of the best health treatments (sand treatments for the bones!) Europeans from Norway seem to like it.

Porto Moniz swimming pools at the North of Madeira
Porto Moniz swimming pools at the North of Madeira

Porto Moniz swimming pools at the North of Madeira are nature perfection.

The following picture represents DISCOVERY of the Portuguese and the world. They have been everywhere and they were very rich.

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Caravela portuguesa

The food culture is strong and rich. Portuguese take it serious. From Codfish cooked in 1000 ways, feijoada Brazilien way, caldo verde soup, açorda. You will never get bored with Portuguese gastronomy. Great wines with an expresso coffee at the end of each meal (bica term in centre region or cimbalino in Porto). The Vinho verde (Green Wine) is also unique of Portugal and really, really, really good. It is delicate effervescent wine. That one goes certainly to the Top twits of Portugal. If you us in Portugal don’t miss the chance to sample Rojoes in Porto.

Moliceiro from Aveiro
Moliceiro from Aveiro

Moliceiro from Aveiro, the portuguese people is proud of its culture.

Last year, Ryanair (the low-cost) started selling Azores and it took the 9 islands to the rank of best destinations. Much different from all the other portuguese regions the attractions and the people will always be unforgettable.

The Azores
The Azores

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