The mild climate, magnificent hills, exotic flora, attractive culinary specialties – this is Madeira, a real seductress from the Atlantic. Here’s what a trip to paradise looks like.
Welcome to the island of flowers and sun – Madeira! This place is rightly called the island of eternal spring. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the temperature on the island is pleasant in the summer, and mild in the winter. Therefore, Madeira is one of the favorite vacation destinations all year round. Even though this Portuguese island occupies an area of only 741 km2, it offers a lot of interesting things: historical monuments, colorful squares and streets in the capital – Funchal, beautiful gardens, picturesque villages, stunning landscapes, unusual volcanic craters, breathtaking natural beaches and enchanting views.
Main specialties on this island are prepared with fish and the most popular dish is espada – made of black mussels, which can still be found only in Japanese waters. There is also espetada – pieces of beef rolled in garlic and salt then skewered on the bay leaf stick with vegetables such as onions or bell peppers, as well as cabra and clam chowder caldeirada de peixe, with wine of course. The whole world is familiar with wines from this island, which isn’t served with the dish, but as an aperitif or with dessert.
Situated next to the water, on the north side of Madeira, is a small village Porto da Cruz where hills are rising from the sea up to 740 meters into the air and from there you have a spectacular view stretching in front of you. Typical colorful costumes are not worn only by the members of many musical groups but also flower vendors.
On the island of Porto Santo, which belongs to Madeira, you will find what is missing on other islands of Madeira – sandy beaches that go for miles, like Vila Baleira which is also called Ilha Dourada because of its golden yellow sand. Vivid, loud and marry atmosphere prevails on the most famous market in Funchal. Visitors can expect rich offer of flowers, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and cheese. The island of rocks – Penha de Aguia, about 590 meters high, seems impressive. It was named after the eagles, which once inhabited hardly accessible hill.