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Tony’s Restaurant, Furnas, Sao Miguel, Azores

When visiting Sao Miguel, the community of Furnas is a great location for a day trip. Start with taking in the view and serene location of Furnas Lake, then visit the hot springs, and spend the afternoon relaxing in the geothermal pool and taking

West Tour, Madeira Island

The West tour was our final tour on Madiera island was perhaps my favorite. With so many stunning views, quaint villages and compelling seascapes there are definitely a few sites I would revisit with a car rental including Encumeada and

Golden Residence Hotel, Funchal, Madeira Island

Easily accessed by the airport Aerobus the Golden Residence Hotel has many amenities and stunning sea views from many guest rooms, the outdoor patio and pool. Our balcony provided a side view of the sea, nearby reasonably-priced grocery and liquor store,

Nun’s Valley Tour, Madeira Island

Spending a half day in a shared minibus with driver, Tony, of Madeira Discoverers was a great way to gain a better understanding of some areas of Funchal and surrounding mountain communities. Our first stop was the lookout which provided a stunning

East Tour, Madeira Island

During our visit to Madiera Island we went on the East tour, West tour and Nun’s Valley tour with Madeira Discoverers and each providing an overview of history, interesting facts and captivating views of the different areas of the island.

Terre Nostra Gardens, Furnas, Sao Miguel, Azores

Terre Nostra Gardens in the heart of Furnas is a magical place to spend an afternoon. Whether you prefer a tranquil walk through the trails, gardens and grottos or an invigorating dip in the Geothermal Water Pool Terra Nostra is

Monte Toboggan Ride, Funchal, Madeira Island

A local tradition for decades the Monte Toboggan Ride is a tourist favorite you surely do not want to miss. Taking a cable car from the harbour is an easy way to get to the top and boasts a stunning view

Putting a Price Tag on Your Free Time

When arriving at a new destination there is a tendency to want to explore, taste the local cuisine and spirits, and possibly sign up for tours to gain a better understanding of the community or to try new and exciting experiences. Taking

Hotel do Mar, Povoacao, Azores

At first glance when we purchased an 11 night package through Travelzoo for Madeira Island and the Azores we were a bit disillusioned to find that one of our hotels was far from the port city. Little did we know

Ten Interesting Things You Might Not Know About Madeira Island

Ten Interesting Things You Might not Know about Madeira Island There is community farming plots where families living in apartments can harvest their own crops for 3 euros per month. The infamous Belmond REIDs Hotels is known for its elegant