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Portugal :: A Magical Adventure on the Island of Madeira

Portugal :: A Magical Adventure on the Island of Madeira

 

Madeira

The Hotel Belmond Reid’s inviting sea platform that crawls down to the Atlantic. Stunning!

 

Please welcome back Angela, my long time friend, world traveler and frequent contributor to the blog. After reading her description of the magical island of Madeira, I am ready to make my reservations and I know you will be too.

The Magical Island of Madeira

Island hopping—the perfect way to round out an amazing trip through the mainland of Portugal. The Azores or Madeira? The Azores, often described as Eden, is a nine-island archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic known for stunning landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and somewhat rustic surroundings. Madeira Island is the largest of the Madeira archipelago and closer to the African continent than Europe.  It’s a volcanic island with a perimeter of spectacular ocean cliffs and few beaches. It’s small; 35 by 13 miles and includes a vibrant capital city, Funchal. I’m certain the Azores are amazing, but we chose Madeira. Since our visit, it was named one of “The Fifty Best Places to Travel in 2019” by Travel + Leisure. We made a wonderful choice!

Madeira
The city of Funchal, Madeira’s capital, is a mix of Portuguese bustle and charm.

 

Madeira
A view of Funchal and Madeira’s coastline where the big boats dock & visitors explore the island.

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Want to Learn French From Dualingo ? – If can I do it, anyone can!

Want to Learn French From Dualingo ? – If can I do it, anyone can!

  Welcome Back Laura! This Guest Adventurer writes the fun blog called CoastofIllinois.com. She is a land-locked beach bum who works days as a nurse and shares her land-locked life with her husband who recently retired from a career in law enforcement; just scratching the surface of their sit-com similarities. They have two grown children… Continue Reading

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Visit Iceland for an Incredible 10-Day Adventure, Part Two

Visit Iceland for an Incredible 10-Day Adventure, Part Two

  Welcome to Part Two from our newest Guest Adventurer! Debbee is a lifestyle blogger and Etsy shop owner who uses themes when decorating, entertaining and crafting. During the past year Debbee and her husband traveled throughout Spain, spent a magical holiday season in Quebec City, went on a 10-day adventure around Iceland, and just returned from two… Continue Reading

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Incredible Iceland 10-Day Adventure, Part One

Incredible Iceland 10-Day Adventure, Part One

  Please Welcome our newest Guest Adventurer! Debbee is a lifestyle blogger and Etsy shop owner who uses themes when decorating, entertaining and crafting. She typically posts twice a week; focusing on holidays, tablescapes, parties, DIY projects and travel. During the past year Debbee and her husband traveled throughout Spain, spent a magical holiday season in Quebec City,… Continue Reading

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A Dreamy Vacation in the Portuguese Countryside

A Dreamy Vacation in the Portuguese Countryside

Please welcome back Angela Light, my longtime friend and traveler who spent a great deal of time and energy to write this fantastic post for all of us! Her over-the-top amazing vacation in the Portuguese countryside absolutely captivated me. The dreamy descriptions and elegant accommodations coupled with world class cuisine is my kind of vacation.… Continue Reading

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Plan your next adventure! A Trip to Portugal Should Be On Your Travel Radar

Plan your next adventure! A Trip to Portugal Should Be On Your Travel Radar

Angela, my dear friend from college and avid traveler, has returned to the blog to share their luxurious adventure in Portugal. I didn’t know nearly enough about this incredible country, but now I know that a trip to Portugal must be at the top of my travel adventure list! How does one describe Portugal? Glorious.… Continue Reading

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