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Madeira's Secret

A June 2004 trip to Madeira by Holiday Jo

Quote: When we decided to travel to Madeira we were concerned that we would not fit in, we are in our late twenties. Our worries were unnecessary, we had a fantastic time and would recommend it to anyone, any age group.

Madeira's Secret

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Overview

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Madiera is one of the most relaxing but interesting places I have been too. I went with my partner and as we are both in our late twenties we were both unsure about what to expect. We stayed in a fabulous resort just outside of the main funchal town about a 10-minute bus ride from the harbour. One of my most memorable moments was our trip to Monte. We took the cable car up the hill to the chapel at Monte and thought we should do 'the tourist thing' and take the toboggan ride down. This was by far the highlight of my holiday. It was better than any rollercoaster I have ever been on. Another highlight of my holiday was the Saturday night fireworks. June in Madiera is carnival month and touri...Read More

Pestana Grand Hotel

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Hotel | "Pestana Grand Hotel (#6695)"

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Best Things Nearby:Within a 5 minute walking distance is a fabulous fish restaurant which is moulded into the side of the cliff. If you reserve a table you can choose to have a window seat which overlooks the highest point in Madiera. If you like seafood then this is the restaurant to go to. Also nearby is the Lido; you just follow the sea front for about 15 minutes and you will get to this local and tourist attraction. There are inflatables in the sea which you can rest on and they also have slides attached to them for the more adventurous. Also within the complex are tennis courts and football pitches which will keep you occupied if you tire of relaxing by the pools. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2004

Pestana Grand Hotel
Ponta Da Cruz
Funchal, Portugal
351 291 707400

Jardin (Le)

Restaurant | "Le Jardin"

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In our tourist guidebook this restaurant was recommended and was described as 'local cuisine with a French influence'. To get to this restaurant you have to venture to the old town of Madiera and try not to be tempted in by the other restaurant that you walk by. Once seated, the service was fantastic and whatever you choose to eat you get to view prior to it being cooked. I chose the local fish 'scabbard'or 'espada' whilst my partner had the speciality 'steak skewer'or 'espatada'. Both meals were delicious and served with fresh vegetables, we refused a starter as at most restaurants you are given a local garlic bread before your meal. At the end of our meal we were surprised at ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2004

Jardin (Le)
The Old Town
Madeira, Portugal

Wicker Toboggan Sled Ride

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Attraction | "Toboggan Ride"

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One of my most enjoyable moments on my holiday was the toboggan ride from Monte. I had read all about it in my guide books but nothing could of prepared me for the experience. To get to the top of Monte you take the cable car from the Old Town in Funchal. It costs 9 Euros per person one way. You can get a return ticket but the toboggan ride is not to be missed. Riding up in the cable car is also very pleasant you soar above the houses of Funchal and can get a beautiful view of the harbour. Once at Monte make sure you stroll around and visit the gardens and chapel. Have a look in the gift shop underneath the cable car station as they do some very reasonable lace Items. When you ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2004

Wicker Toboggan Sled Ride
Monte Palace/Church
Madeira, Portugal