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Day Trip from Funchal: Curral das Freiras

Curral das Freiras Madeira

Curral das Freiras, the Valley of the Nuns, is a hidden valley in the mountains just north of Funchal, Madeira. The nuns found the place in 1566 and lived there in isolation. The only connection to the outer world was a winding footpath along the steep mountain face. Since then the nuns have left but the village remained remote until a road ...

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Historic Sights: Lisbon Day Trip to Belem

Torre de Belem

This post takes you on a day trip to Belem, Portugal. We took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day exploring Portugal’s national monuments and learning about Portugal’s great history.  In Belem you can step 500 years back in time, to Portugal’s Golden Age when Vasco da Gama sailed to India, Pedro Alfares to Brazil and Ferdinand Magelland around the globe. ...

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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

We were touring Lisbon on tram 28 that brings you up and down Lisbon hills and to the historic parts of the city. Most Lisbon sights are along the tram 28 route or just a short walk away which makes tram an ideal way to explore Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon is the warmest capital of Europe and a good year-round ...

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Santana Day Trip from Funchal

Santana triangular house

This post shows you the pretty island of Madeira. We make a Santana day trip from Funchal. To see the famous triangular houses we rented a car and took the steepest road up to Monte and on to Pico do Arieiro on the top of Madeira. On the north side we stopped at Ribeiro Frio and Faial. Santana is a village on ...

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Driving on Madeira: Road Trip to Western Madeira

Road Trip to Western Madeira, a tunnel

This post shows you a road trip to Western Madeira. The west is a dramatic area with high sea cliffs and terraced banana plantations on mountainsides. Western Madeira is a less touristic area since it has always been hard to reach, until the Via Rapida with all its tunnels was built.     We however took the smaller roads, first to Camara de Lobos and ...

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Madeira: Exploring Funchal Sights

Funchal mountain view

This post presents the Portuquese city of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. We spent a day exploring Funchal sights, walking around and taking great photos. Funchal has a beautiful setting, surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. And the old historic centre is like from a fairytale: black and white Baroque houses and  streets paved with round sea pebbles.   I also show the ...

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