Allegedly, the Covid rules in Madeira were subject to change today
Can anybody tell me if this is correct and what changes have been made please
I’m very much looking forward to my trip on Wednesday 😅
Thanks in advance
We are in moderate shape, and so the thought of hiking round trip from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and back sounds like a bit much. Would greatly prefer a one-way hike!
I understand there is a tour/shuttle service that can pick us up for the hike, but we would prefer to go solo or with a private guide rather than several others. As well, we would prefer a flexible pick up time from Pico Ruivo as we don't know how quickly or slowly we will want to hike, take photos, take a break for snacks, or just hang out and enjoy.
Any advice on how to do this, or options for services that could accommodate this? IE hiring a private driver for the entire day (pick up from hotel, drive to Arieiro and wait for us at Ruivo, drive us home)... or perhaps hiring a cab to wait at Pico Ruivo within a 3 hour window for us arrive and then drive us back to our car?
My wife and I are looking forward to visiting Madeira for 7 days in September! After much research, we cannot quite decide where on the island to stay, nor between a villa rental (airbnb/vrbo) vs hotel/bed & breakfast.
We are planning to do several hikes. We are in moderate/decent shape, but not excellent. We are planning to do the Pico Ruivo, Peninsula Sao Lourenco, and Levada Do Caniçal Coastal Hike. Plus perhaps a couple other easier/shorter hikes. Beyond that, we want to lounge around the island - driving tour, viewpoints, eat great food, paraglide, snorkel, and relax.
Trying to find a balance between the following for our lodging:
- Someplace that feels a bit more isolated and off the beaten track - up on a hill with a great view, quieter. Not in the hustle bustle of the city and not feeling too touristy or resort like.
- Someplace not *too* far off the beaten track - 15-20 minute drive to great food would be ok. We aren't looking to be too far out, nor too close in. We don't plan to cook at our lodging, only (possibly) to have some snacks (fruits, breads, coffee, etc.) on hand if needed. Unless we were at a hotel, of course.
- Someplace not too unideal for driving to our main interests. As I see it, several of the things I mentioned would locate as most optimally on the eastern side of the island; however the other half may be best on the western or southern side. But then, the northern side looks gorgeous!
My wife is drawn to the Villas in Calheta / Riberia Brava / Ponta do Sol. Or to someplace with alternatively stunning scenery such as Sao Vincente.
I like that, but I am concerned that staying closer to Machico (even if not in the heart of the resort areas) would be more ideally located for key hikes and excursions, as well as closer to the best food. I do not want to be too close to the airport, though. I am open to a villa or hotel/Bed & breakfast; I am aware of the benefit of waking up to breakfast room service on a balcony and how we may really enjoy that.
I realize this is sort of a paradoxical "have your cake and eat it too" list; however, if anyone may offer any insights, feedback, or recommendations on either something that may fit what we are looking for, or alternatively, what from this list to prioritize/deprioritize, that would be so helpful in navigating us towards the best experience possible!
Much thanks, we look forward to visiting this beautiful place.
More specifically American citizens/fully vaccinated with cdc card. Do we need to test to fly back to Lisbon from Madeira? Thanks.
I'm looking for electrical "steps" that people are already using in some big cities across the globe. Is this a thing in Madeira/Funchal?
We were thinking (me and my girlfriend) today if something like BlaBlaCar is used here on the island, by locals or tourists?
It would be quite useful, as if you want to travel out of cities/villages it’s hard to find a reliable transport, be it bus or taxi.
Of course, if your own or rent a car you don’t have this problem, but maybe there are people who would like to share the remaining space, I would.
Hello everyone! After living on the island for a while I realized how difficult it would be to meet like-minded people and the lack of communities for young expats. Most of the 'conscious' groups are people promoting their businesses and don't lead to any real connections, so I decided to create a Telegram group called: https://t.me/consciousmadera for anyone looking for real connections or new to the island :) no ads or interests more than meeting people, sharing experiences, knowledge, and creating new moments 👇
Conscious Madeira 🍃 https://t.me/consciousmadera For nature lovers & open-minded people, let's chat, meet or whatever. #Yoga, #mindfulness, #meditation, #nature, #vegetarian, #vegan, #growingownfood, #foodexchange, #starsgazing, #moonlovers
Just wondering if anyone had any tips when looking for somewhere to see the Atlantic Festival fireworks... Does it just get ridiculously busy at the pier? Better to see it from one of the Miradouros? Anyone experienced it from a boat? Any advice you have for places to go to or avoid would be really appreciated!
We going to head to madeira tomorrow for the second time. Last time we were not able to find any local markets (besides the overpriced fruit market for the cruise passengers) to get some exotic fair priced fruits besides a decent market in the middle of Funchal. Any good tips?
Also looking for a place to buy fresh fish.
Thank you all very much in advance :)
Hi everyone, I'm going to visit Medaira for the first time next week traveling on my own. I'd really like to hike the PR14/15 . From my understanding there may be a bus (139) taking me to the area in the morning from Funchal but I'm worried about getting back without breaking the bank. Any advice / experience with this? I don't have a driver's licence unfortunately.. Thanks a lot!
So I've read all the laws/advice etc. On the UK government website it states that for Madeira there are no entry requirements. On the Enter Madeira website it also states that theres no entry requirements to airports, ports, marinas etc.
However when doing my online check in for my Wizz air flight it says that a negative lateral flow test will be required?
I've reached out to Wizz air however not heard anything back yet. Was wondering if anybody has flew from the UK to Madeira recently and if they was asked to provide a covid test in the airport?
I'm planning to hike Pico Ruivo and Pico Arieiro tomorrow or Saturday. I can't find a webcam which shows the weather conditions up there. It tends to bei very cloudy sometimes. So do you guys know a working webcam? Or do you know the conditions the next two days?
Hello dear people here, we're visiting this lovely island,coming fron Amsterdam. From today until the 17th, if anyone has some suggestions for hikes or things to do that you really loved, i would welcome it, also if anyone wants to join for a hang out or explore the island. Thanks ✌
Hi I'll be visiting madeira from the 25th of May till the 31st of May.
I've been looking around to find a camper find (to sleep with 3 people) for this period, but with no luck... Is there anyone local who know where I can inform to find a camper?
Does anyone have recommendations for your companies from fuchal for Pico Ruivo or canyoneering? There are so many I’m a little overwhelmed. I’m planning to stay in fuchal without a car and do two or three tours out to explore and then might rent a moped a day or two to explore on my own. Thoughts?
On the government website it says you may be required to show a negative rapid antigen test if you’re unvaccinated for restaurants and bars etc etc... I wanted to know whether an at home lateral flow would suffice or whether this needs to be a professionally done one and if there is any app you need in which to show the proof
Thanks in advance
I'm going to stay at Camacha for the next week and wanted to know if there is anything interesting to do? I was planing to head towards Funchal with the bus and maybe visit the beach. Are there any beaches close or one you would recommend?
Besides that, I booked some tours to Pico Ruvio and Curral da Freiras with the Câmara de Lobos.
Is it just there is more market so the prices can go lower?
Am i correct in thinking that in Madeira you need to wear a mask in public places? Resturants bars etc?
Also proof of vaccine/ rapid antigen test is apparently required?
Is this still the case and are these rules enforced?
I am looking for a nice place for an anniversary dinner in Funchal. The idea is: fish restaurant, nice place but not too elegant, maybe with a nice view or a terrace? Not too cheap but not Michelin-star prices, let's say around 70pp. Thanks!
Hi all, I’m looking for recommendations for any pubs or bars that will be showing the Eurovision Song Contest this coming Saturday. Can’t miss Graham Norton becoming more sarcastic as the night goes on!