Quinta da Bela Vista
Baloo Bicicleta Dos Gelados
Barreirinha Bar Café
Restaurante Embaixador Madeirense
In funchal you must go to Mercado dos Lavradores but if you walk in the street nearby you will find every product at half the price.
Most of the tourists will stop in Funchal city center and won’t make up the journey up to the small hill to reach the café.
Restaurante Terrace d’Ajuda is one of the restaurant where we tried it, known as the “Parrot Restaurant”. I highly recommend trying one of the Poncha. A tasty drink made of Rum, lemon juice and honey (other versions can be made with orange, tangerine or passion fruit juices).
The wine trade not being the main source of revenue, Quinta are turned into very warm hotel. with old world charm.
Althought we didn’t stay at Quinta da Bela Vista, we went for dinner. Walking through the gardens full of flowers in the spring with wisteria perfume provide the perfect place to walk through, sit and relax for a while.
The “à la carte” menu at the Manor house was delicious and our waiter – Dinarte, was fabulous and made great suggestions.
Grilled king prawns with risotto (i would not use the same rice) & sauteed mango, and bluemouth rockfish fillet with artichoke sauce as a main course.
Câmara de Lobos fishermen are well known for deepsea fishing, due to the natural habitat – It lives in deep waters, around 1000 meters. The fish have a dark skin with big eyes.
With a maritime inspiration that is by far the biggest terrace (facing south) we have ever had, 4 sunbeds were placed on it but there was largely enough space to add 6 more. With an amazing view over the Atlantic. The hotel had everything you might expect (a kettle, a fridge, bathrobe ect).
A walk from the hotel to the old town will take you approximately 30-35 minutes but there are buses that stop near the hotel.
If like us you ask yourself why there is a young men with a hawk every morning, we have the answer. As you have your breakfast on the terrace near the pool almost every day of the year – thanks to Madeira amazing weather, there might be pigeon that comes to disturb you. The hawk deters pigeons around the pool areas.
For info the outdoor pool is heated during the winter months and even if you don’t need to reserve it, you will have to come early enough to enjoy the bali-beds on the decks.
The indoor one, gym and jaccuzzi are free to use as a hotel guest. And if you want a little more of it, the spa offers most of the most popular spa treatments.
Address : Rua de Leichlingen 2, 9000-003 Funchal, Portugal
Telephone : +351 291 724 140
Email : [email protected]
Restaurant : Quinta da Bela Vista
Address : Caminho do Avista Navios 4, 9000-129 Funchal, Portugal
Telephone : +351 291 706 400
Email : [email protected]
Website : www.belavistamadeira.com