5 Reasons You Need to go to Madeira | QueenBeady

 

imageI have so many memories to share with you from our trip to Madeira but first I want to share 5 reasons why you should travel to Madeira! I won this fabulous trip at icelolly.com #BlogAtTheBeach event last year and it is something I am truly thankful for. The holiday came at a time where my body just needed that break and it was time to soak up some sunshine and spend some quality R’n’R with my husband too. Whilst some say the island is the Blue Rinse capital I didn’t mind rubbing shoulders with the OAPs because Madeira had so much more to offer….

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The Food
I know this seems like an obvious one. I know, I know. But seriously, the food on the island was without a doubt the most beautiful food I have EVER tasted. We used trip advisor a lot to choose our options, mainly sticking within the top 20. We had a fantastic gourmet experience at Goya, a restaurant that has a concept menu including your wine and also highly recommended in the Michelin Guide too. A fabulous curry at Sabir, where the owner was an absolute gem and the creme de le creme of all mother of meals was our twice-eaten steak on a stone at Solar de Aduja. To say the steak was incredible would be a huge understatement. Your meal is brought to you on a large wooden tray complete with ridiculously hot stone to cook your steak to your exact needs. Rated number 13, I really need to get this place to number 1!

The Weather
Ha. Again, another really obvious choice. However, Madeira has a really steady temperature all year round. Ranging between 20 – 25 degrees celsius makes it a really good choice of destination for the winter. I even managed to get something of a tan whilst out there.

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It’s So Clean
I mean REALLY clean. I have never seen somewhere so spotless in my entire life, not even a splatter of bird poo. ANYWHERE. At our hotel gentleman walked round with Harris Hawks to scare away the pigeons to keep it all clean. There was no litter anywhere. It was a paradise for the obsessive cleaners!

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The Views
And my, what views they were. From the rugged east side of the village covered in green forests and waterfalls to the sunny west with views for days. It really has to be one of the prettiest landscapes we have ever seen. I could go on for hours sharing the photos with you (in fact I did on Instagram!) this is definitely a place for exploring! You’ll need some hiking boots or some strong shoes for walking but it’s so worth it!

No Hassle
Except for a few of the restaurants trying to collar you in, it’s a relatively hassle-free place. Unlike places like Turkey and Egypt you can freely walk down the street to look at shops and menus without the worry of being stopped every five seconds. It’s so relaxing to go to a place like that. You want, you buy. You don’t, you can still keep looking and not get bothered! Win, win.

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I can’t wait to get my photos off the camera to share with you. The snippets of my iPhone snaps are something I still wanted to share as I captured many happy memories from our trip. A huge thank you to Ice Lolly for making it possible – it was well-needed!

Have you been to Madeira? After reading this do you think you will go? I’d love to know!

Bee xxx

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30 comments so far.
  • Leanne

    such dreamy pictures, so glad you had a nice time. madeira sounds like a wonderful place with a lot (of food in particular) to offer! x

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    • Thank you Leanne! It’s such an amazing place that really stuns you. You don’t expect it to be so nice ❤️ And yes, the food was to die for!
      Bee xxx

  • Bethan

    Looks like such a beautiful and relaxing place to visit! Glad you had a great time 🙂 x

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    • Oh Bethan, it was absolutely amazing! Thank you.
      Bee xxx

  • Kel

    It looks beautiful! I’ll add it to my list! 😉

    • It really is! You must. A great place for the family too.
      Bee xxx

  • Oh my goodness this island looks like a beaut! SO glad you had a good time, you’ve definitely tempted me to want to make a visit 🙂

    • It is such a beautiful, scenic place. It completely blows you away, it’s very dramatic. So worth going & adding to your list of places to go!
      Bee xxx

  • Ah it looks amazing! And reminds me of Gran Canaria for sure, I really want to get here for a few days later in the year for a little break! Been loving your instagram snaps!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • It really was Jasmin. So incredibly gorgeous! You must go & explore the place. It’s a true gem!
      Bee xxx

  • I love Madiera. Visited last year and was completely blown away by the micro climates, friendly people and beautiful restaurants. A gorgeous place as long as you don’t mind bumpy landings! 🙂 http://zerosugardiet.com/travel-blog/madeira-an-island-in-pictures/

    • YAY! A fellow Madeira lover ❤️ I’m so glad you feel the same way. I have to agree, that landing was a little hairy wasn’t it?
      Bee xxx

      • Just a bit! I love flying but that landing does make me grab my arm rest a little. Worth it once you get there though. Stunning island and one now on my yearly hit list for when I need a top up of vitamin D! 🙂 xxx

        • Paha, so do I! But wherever or whenever we land I cling on for dear life! Yes, I got a major tan whilst there.
          Bee xxx

  • Lucinda Kate Hurst

    Bee it looks abso gorgeous! I’m so jel, need a little sunshine in my life!

    Love Lucinda xx

    • Oh it was beautiful Lucinda! I mean reeeeeally beautiful. Got me in the holiday mood without a doubt! Any plans for this year?
      Bee xxx

      • Lucinda Kate Hurst

        Off to Spain with the gals in my fam but need to book something with the other half! Thinking maybe Santorini xxx

        • That sounds fab! We were toying with Santorini too but decided on Dominican! You must tell me your tips ❤️
          Bee xxx

  • I would’ve never considered Madeira for a holiday but after reading your post & seeing your amazing photos on Instagram I might have to move it to the top of my travel lust list. I’m so glad you had a lovely holiday 🙂 X

    • Hi lovely, I don’t think it’s on many people’s bucket lists to be honest, but I really hope that my post (and more posts to come!) will get people inspired to try it out. It’s a gorgeous place & more people should know about it!
      Bee xxx

  • megsiobhan

    Gosh, it sounds (and looks) like an absolutely stunning place! Sounds like you had an absolutely amazing time 🙂

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

    • Oh Meg, it’s one of the most stunning places we have been! It’s dramatic and beautiful. If you ever get the chance, GO!
      Bee xxx

  • Kate Moxon

    Ah this looks amazing – the sea is so blue! Also that steak on a stone looks incredible, I’d consider going to Madeira for that alone…
    ~ Kate xx

    • Oh Kate, it really was! Just incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend it. Oh yes! The steak was a highlight, my husband & I are a little depressed we can only find one place in the UK that does it.
      Bee xxx

  • It looks absolutely amazing there! I desperately need a beach holiday in my life! xx
    Laura | collectinglabels.com

    • Oh Laura – it really is! You should add it to the list of places to visit. To be fair it isn’t a massive beach destination but plenty of gorgeous hotels with beautiful pools & there’s also the Lido that’s just reopened again.
      Bee xxx

  • Tilly-Jayne Kidman

    It looks so beaut here, definitely adding to my list of places to visit (it’s a very long list lol)

    Tilly x

    • Oh Tilly, it really is something! I would definitely say, bump it up your list if you can. I have a very long list too, it’s pretty crazy! Thanks for stopping by.
      Bee xxx

  • Samantha P

    Of course it’s beautiful, it’s part of Portugal’s empire! That’s a bit egotistical of me considering I’m Portuguese but it happens. I’m glad you enjoyed your time there. You should try the Azores and Porto, Portugal, as well! 🙂

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

    • HEHE! It’s a very beautiful place, be proud of it! I would love to go back JUST to eat a steak on a stone. Haha!
      Bee xxx

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