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Madeira: 5 insider tips for your trip

Madeira is known for flowers, beautiful nature and not least Cristiano Ronaldo. Here, travel expert Claus Andersen shares his personal tips for 5 cool things you should experience on the beautiful Portuguese island.
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Madeira: 5 insider tips for your trip is written by Claus Andersen.

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I have been working in Madeira as a tour guide for the last 10 years. I have also been on the island a lot as a private person and therefore know it very well. Here's a little about some of the things I think one should take care of if one visits Ronaldo's green island in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Take to the top of Madeira

Madeira is perhaps best known as a tropical flower island. But it is more than 1900 meters high. Once you are above 1500 meters altitude, the nature is completely different and much more raw. A perfect place if you love hiking, climbing or mountain biking.

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Take a trip to the airport

Madeira has one of the most spectacular airports in the world. The runway is built on more than 180 concrete piles, as there is no flat landscape on the island. There is actually both amusement park space and circus space under the runway.

The airport is located right on a hillside, where there are viewing platforms for air spotters, just as there is also a public café at the airport with air spotter balcony. It is much fatter than standing and freezing in November at Flyvergrillen in Kastrup. And then the airport is called 'Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport'.

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Maritime Force! - for a football match in Madeira

The island is primarily known for the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo was born on the island. But if you travel to Madeira, you will also find that the island has several professional football teams. Especially the club Maritimo is really good to see if they are at home. Their stadium is within walking distance of both Funchal and the Lido area, where most hotels are. And their fans are some of the most loyal fans in Portugal.

Their stadium with room for 12.000 fans has an average of about 10.000 spectators per match. You can easily take children to football in Madeira. There are lots of kids for the matches, just as there are also lots of female fans for their matches.

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Visit Camara de Lobos - Madeira's little time pocket

Camara de Lobos is a small town located on the south coast of Madeira. It's a bit of a time warp where the locals still make the most of fishing and banana farming. For the same reason, there are almost no hotels in the area, even though it is the most picturesque city on Madeira.

It is also a low-income city for the same reason, as one has not stood on the tourist route - if one just ignores a few cafes and a few souvenir shops. In Camara de Lobos you grow bananas, catch fish and play cards down at the harbor.

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Fado at Arsenio's

Fado is a Portuguese singing style that is very popular in Lisbon. But you also have it in Madeira. And if you want to experience fado, then I would suggest that you visit Restaurant Arsenio's. It is located right in the middle of the old town. The place is family owned and has really good fado singers every single night.

Fado takes place in such a way that the singers alternately sing their melancholy shows on stage while sitting and eating. It's super atmospheric and something you should do if you like beautiful singing voices.

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Have a good trip to Madeira!

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What to see in Madeira? Sights and attractions

  • Pico Ruivo - the highest point on Madeira
  • Time pocket Camara de Lobos
  • Botanical Garden
  • Funchal Cathedral
  • The rocky slope Cabo Girão

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About the travel writer

Claus Andersen

Claus Andersen has traveled most of his life and spirits and lives to travel and to be a world citizen.
He makes a living as a tour guide, lecturer, blogger and with tourism development in various countries. Claus is on the go most of the year and is fine with his restlessness and loves to be around the world and visit all the friends he has made over the years on all continents.
Claus Andersen is also a passionate long-distance cyclist and has cycled through more than 30 countries, just as he also loves hiking and climbing volcanoes in his spare time. The job as a tour guide can be stressful at times, and then it is good with fresh air and exercise in exotic surroundings when you have free time.
Claus has a fairly extensive blog in English about his travels, which is called travellingclaus.com, and a Danish version can be found at rejsetossen.dk.

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