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Review: Madeira

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Madeira, Portugal

Madeira fantastic ... if you can land!

  • By SilverTraveller psalmody

    1 review

  • February 2018
  • Husband

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Madeira is our go-to place with a moderate island climate. We have a friend who owns a property in Garajau literally on the edge of a 800ft drop! We have great difficulty in hotels with their lack of provision for non smokers in communal spaces, so renting this private property solves that, and we have a perfect view of the ocean and fabulous sunsets. The only other drawback is the North wind. When it blows planes cannot land at the airport. Took us 54 hours to get there once! Madeira is a very green Island with water cascading down from the plateau, particularly on the North side and channelled via levadas which make excellent walking routes. I particularly love the beautiful gardens and, oh, the amazing orchid houses. If you walk along nearby anywhere selling Madeira wine and their many liqueurs you will be offered tastings. You can find your walk rather more difficult after trying a few!!

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  • sandra_42
    over 2 years ago
    My first visit to Madeira many years ago was before the runway was extended. We were diverted to Lisbon and had a pleasant 24 hours there. I remember being so terrified in that downhill basket that I made him stop halfway down and we walked the rest. It took ages.
  • psalmody
    almost 3 years ago
    My experience last year was truly extraordinary and was the first problem we have ever had in 20 years, so go and have a wonderful holiday.
  • ESW
    almost 3 years ago
    Having booked a holiday to Madeira for later this year, I am now wondering about your comment that planes can't land if there is a north wind. Does this happen often?