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    • EllenH's Profile Photo

      I read hours of questions and answers, thanks Claus.

      Portugal 8 hours ago

      flying into Porto from ponta Delgado and out of Lisbon. I already have the last 3 nights booked in Lisbon at grapes and bites ( pretty excited) planning on a couple nights in Porto. have books, have internet, have info on Douro valley stuff, but not sure how to spend those days in between. no car here, have one for five days on sau Miguel. I really do not think after the Azores we need beach stuff. (we tend to like the warm water anyway) wine and port, well yes. history and ruins, yes. beautiful scenery..yes. organized tours not so much unless very low key. Anthony bourdain about to come on tv on Lisbon! yes I know 1000 people have pages on Portugal. most of all vt pages are boring facts I can get out of a book. I am sure there are great ones but not necessarily the top ones or what I want.the questions actually gave me the most honest answers.

    • Upmarket bars

      Porto Yesterday

      Can anyone recommend a nice upmarket bar/restaurant to celebrate my 40th birthday? thanks

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      trekking in Flores Island (Açores)

      Ilha das Flores Apr 29, 2015 at 7:35 AM

      Is it ok to go on trekking on the Flores Island just by yourself (we are 2 friends) or is it advisable to go on with organized programs (if there are any)?

    • help needed to create best hen do

      Albufeira Apr 27, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      We are going on hen do I'm wanting to know if anyone can recommend male strip clubs things to do etc

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      Getting from Estremoz to Lisbon

      Estremoz Apr 14, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      Is there a rail station in Estremoz? I am having difficulty finding Estremoz as a station on the EuroRailway web site.

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      Taxis numbers

      Ilha de Tavira Apr 27, 2015 at 7:02 AM

      Anyone got a taxi number they'd recommend in Cabanas de Tavira. Also, any idea the cost of taxi to/from Tavira to Cabanas?


    • Boat tour to see fireworks St. John festival

      Porto Apr 9, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      We are spending three days on ave. dos aliados area for St. John festival. My husband is somewhat limited in walking for hours and hours. We have heard there are boats you can go on to watch the fireworks that night. Can you suggest companies or where to obtain information so we can make a reservation. Thank you. ALSO any information on things we MUST SEE AND DO

    • Public transport to Lagoa do Fogo

      Ponta Delgada Apr 25, 2015 at 3:22 AM


      We (2 people in their 20s) will be going to Sao Miguel in a week. We don't have a driving license and want to use public transport as much as possible. I found a lot of interesting places on the bus map but there is one place I can't find - the Lagoa do Fogo. Is there a bus stop within walking distance to it? Even if we have to walk 1 hour that would still bring us closer.

      We will staying at the Bahia Palace in Agua Alta. I read that there's a hiking trail from the hotel to Lagoa do Fogo from there but it takes 4 hours.

      Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • Transport in Quiaios

      Quiaios Apr 22, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      Is there a bus service between Quiaios and Figueira de Foz?

    • Boat trip options from Regua to Porto?

      Peso da Régua Apr 7, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      Dear Sir/Madam,
      As the organizer of a small family reunion trip (9 people; all around sixty years) I was thinking of planning a trip on Wednesday 22 April. Leaving Porto in the morning by train we would arrive late morning in Regua. We would like to travel back by boat - preferably a small /private boat - to Porto. Is this a good plan? What are the options and costs?
      Your help would be very much appreciated. Kindest regard, Joseph.

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      crossing the Douro

      Porto Apr 14, 2015 at 3:51 AM

      Can you advise please how much it cost to use the boat to cross from Vila nova de Gaia, can you buy it combined with bus passes?

      thanks in Advance!
      Pode informar agradar quanto custou para usar o barco para atravessar de Vila Nova de Gaia , você pode comprá-lo combinado com passes de ônibus ?

      desde já, obrigado!

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      Stairs going from airport to train station

      Porto Apr 19, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      We are looking at taking the metro E line to the train station. What is the overall experience taking this metro? Are there many stairs, or is it fairly easy to get to and from the metro?

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      Going to the beach in Lisbon

      Lisbon Apr 27, 2015 at 10:47 AM

      If I'm visiting Lisbon in June, where would it be a nice place to go to the beach, and how? thanks in advance :)

    • Naturist walks

      Algarve Apr 5, 2015 at 1:06 PM

      Thinking of visiting the Algarve later this year. We love to do naturist walks along the beaches, cliff tops. Can suggestions be made of the best places, please.

    • Marvao to Madrid

      Marvão Apr 6, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      We are taking a tour which will leave us in Marvao. What is the best way to get from there to Madrid? Is it possible by public transportation? Can cars rented in Portugal be taken into Spain?

      Alberta Rose

    • Lisbon and day trips

      Lisbon Yesterday

      I'm coming to Lisbon in mid June. I heard that Lisbon is the most beautiful city, but I also want to see other places in Portugal.

      My flight is to Lisbon and I'll be landing at 19:30 PM, so I'm thinking to stay in Lisbon for this night. and after I have 7 full days, so this is my plan, tell me if it's good or should I change anything:
      Day 1 - train from Lisbon-oriente in the morning to Porto (if I take the 7:00 AM train or even 6:09 is it safe to walk alone to oriente?) and staying at a hotel in Porto for the night.
      Day 2 - A bit more of Porto, and then a train to aveiro (I was in Venice, they say it's "little venice") and after another train to Lisbon. from now on each day I stay in Lisbon for the nights.
      Day 3 - exploring Lisbon
      Day 4 - exploring Lisbon
      Day 5 - train to Sintra, cabo da roca and Cascais (can I combine all 3 or even add estoril on the same day??)
      Day 6 - train to Obidos and back to Lisbon
      Day 7 - Another day in Lisbon

      Is that doable and a good plan?? Are the trains cheap (for example, how much would it cost to go from Lisbon to Porto both ways?) Is there a 10 strip card or anything to make it cheaper?

      Also, I understand that Bairro Alto is the place in Lisbon for the nights. Do you think that it's better to search an hotel there or is it far from center? I saw a cheap hotel in Baixa district... is it center/safe area? Can I go from there to Bairro Alto by walk each night?

      Looking for your answers, Thanks in advance!

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      about thieves & stealing

      Lisbon Apr 27, 2015 at 3:19 AM

      People talk that Portugal has a lot of thieves who can rob you anywhere.
      Is that something might have changed to ensure safety for tourists?

    • What to pack apart from boots and waterproofs!

      by CriticalEye Online Now Feb 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      Apologies if I am duplicating the question - had trouble registering. Arriving Funchal 25th Feb. and forecast not good. Should we pack jeans and jumpers or lightweight trousers and tee shirts? Not much space in Easyjet hand luggage with husband's size 12 trainers. Dress/skirt for evening hotel dinner? Any advice much appreciated.

      4 Answers Feb 24, 2015 at 2:35 AM
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      Things to do

      by OAPDave Online Now Feb 3, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      Hello, I'm staying in Funchai for a week in February when the carnival is on. Can anyone tell me the best places to see it and what I should do as while I'm there.

      4 Answers Feb 10, 2015 at 6:55 AM
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      Funchal theatre performances

      by chrisdScotland Online Now Jan 28, 2015 at 1:18 AM

      Can anyone tell me what will be 'playing' at the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias, in Funchal, 14th - 21st March I have tried to google the theatre with no success.

      1 Answer Jan 30, 2015 at 3:25 AM
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      Madeira Island Open Golf

      by chrisdScotland Online Now Jan 6, 2015 at 12:29 AM

      Does anyone know if there should be buses running from Funchal to Clube de Golf du Santo da Serra, 19th - 22nd March, for the Golf Open?

      1 Answer Jan 6, 2015 at 2:31 AM
    • Taboggan run

      by sm1ffy Online Now Sep 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Does anyone know the name of the street where the taboggan run finishes please

      4 Answers Sep 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM
    • How to Pronounce It!

      by spamiepamie Online Now Jul 23, 2014 at 5:45 AM

      Basic question, please: How is "Funchal" pronounced by its residents? Is it more like "fun" or "foon"?

      2 Answers Jul 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM
    • Walks with small children

      by oscarou Online Now Jul 2, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Hello !
      We are a couple with a 1 year old + 4 years old children.
      Will it possible to have nice walks (levadas or others) around Funchal with them (the smaller on my husband's back in an ergobaby carrier) ?
      Many thanks for your answer :)

      3 Answers Jul 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM
    • restaurants new years eve

      by jaquis Online Now Nov 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      We are visiting Funchal over the Christmas period arriving on 27th Dec. Is it necessary to book a restaurant for New Years Eve in advance? Can anyone recommend any?

      3 Answers Nov 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM
    • Where to buy hiking shoes?

      by WoWolke Online Now Oct 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      My hiking shoes are broken.
      Where can I buy hiking shoes close to Santana or Funchal?


    • music with some dancing for the over 40's

      by June.Day1996 Online Now Sep 2, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      I am visiting Madeira with my partner in October for 2 weeks and we are looking for somewhere to go with live music where you can dance as well if you would like. We are in our 40's

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      Porto Santa Maria Hotel

      by rl1steve Online Now Aug 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Can anyone give me an update on the works in front of this hotel please?
      There are conflicting reports on the disruption caused.
      We are staying at this hotel on 9th September this year.
      Thank you in advance

    • about heating

      by geki60 Online Now Jul 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      If we need to heat the apartment in winter

      2 Answers Jul 31, 2013 at 3:12 PM
    • One day visit

      by loisjacko34 Online Now Jul 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      As I only have one day here, is there a small train or tourist bus that goes around the city to see the highlights. Any other suggestions would be welcome. Thanks Lois

      3 Answers Jul 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM
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      Hotel Porto Santa Maria

      by rl1steve Online Now May 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      We are traveling to Funchal in September and staying at the Porto Santa Maria. I have heard mixed reports on the work been carried out on the sea front. Can any VT living there give me an update? Many thanks, Steve

      16 Answers Oct 15, 2013 at 4:55 AM
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      Tablet SIM card 2 weeks?

      by Takapiru Online Now Apr 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Where can I get it? Price?

      2 Answers Apr 19, 2013 at 8:11 AM
    • Restaurants in the area

      by frankjeffries Online Now Mar 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      I'm planning to travel to the island of Madeira and have more or less decided which hotel to book (lots of sites to book through) but unsure if i should book to eat my meals at the hotel or risk and eat out. I'm finding it a little hard to find actual info about restaurants (prices, locations, cuisine types) and some of the restaurants i have found have very few reviews and no photos. Does anyone know where i can find ths kind of info and hopefully some photos of the restaurants in Madeira? Thanks

      5 Answers Mar 27, 2013 at 4:31 AM
    • Daily Cannons fired?

      by Spider1976 Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 2:21 AM


      Does anyone know if there are daily cannons fired in Funchal at specific times?

      1 Answer Feb 4, 2013 at 6:37 AM
    • Bus to ribeira brava area

      by mattwood123 Online Now Jan 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      My girlfriend and I are staying at the hotel Estalagem Encumeada, located at FEITEIRAIS-SERRA DE AGUA 9350-000 between the 14th and 21st.

      In an effort to save money, we'd like to get up there by bus from Funchal. I've read that there's a stop outside, but not had much luck finding out what bus goes there, when.

      I see that it shouldn't be too hard to get to ribeira brava itself,, but can anybody advise upon how to make it up to the hotel?

      Many thanks in advance!!!!!

      4 Answers Jan 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      by erosenberg Online Now Nov 6, 2011 at 3:50 AM

      We are two couples aged 60+ from Norway, who are looking for a good restaurant to spend the New Year's Eve in Funchal. We are looking for a place with reasonably good food, and a good "ambiance" as the French put it. Not too formal, and possibly with some good music to take a spin on the dance floor ....
      We have heard that the fireworks in Funchal are fantastic, so we would of course prefer a place where we could come outside and watch this attraction as well.
      I should mention that this is our very first trip to Madeira, and that we arrive on the 31 December, so we have to book a table in advance to be sure to have somewhere to go.....
      We are staying in the centre of Funchal. (Avenida do Infante.) But we are prepared to go somewhere outside the centre if that is sounds more tempting.
      We would appreciate suggestions from more seasoned travellers, or even better, from the locals.

      3 Answers Nov 7, 2011 at 3:29 PM
    • madeira regency club - flexi-time????

      by goldtop1 Online Now Jun 24, 2011 at 6:23 AM

      I stayed at the regency club for 10 days this month and liked the hotel and funchal. whilest there I was offered a flexitime contract for a one bed appartment.
      anyone used this this scheme or can recommend it?

      1 Answer Jul 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM
    • What to do in Funchal

      by michaeloc Online Now Apr 28, 2011 at 5:57 AM

      Hi all

      We are going to Funchal on 30th June and I have read lots regarding what to do and see. Are there any hidden gems that we should include in our trip especially in Funchal. What are the best shopping areas and any advice on restaurants/bars worth a visit. I am also considering hiring a car so that we can see more of the island. Is driving about an good option. Are roads very busy or is it more a leisurely pace ? Any help would be very much appreciated. By the way we are staying at the Hotel Savoy Gardens

      many thanks


      5 Answers May 11, 2011 at 2:13 AM
    • swim, apartment and bringing Dog>

      by johntirrell Online Now Mar 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM

      Is the water warm enough to swim in Jan and Feb? What is the best area to rent an apartment in? How hard is it to bring a dog from the USA? Thanks John

      5 Answers Mar 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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      Madeira Palacio Hotel

      by AnnS Online Now Mar 10, 2011 at 7:07 AM

      Some years ago we had two wonderful holidays at the Madeira Palacio Hotel in Funchal. However, it closed in 2006 for renovations and doesn't seem to have re-opened. I've searched the Internet and looked on Google Earth, where I can see what appears to be a giant building site in that location. I would love to know what's happening with it so does anyone know?

      2 Answers Mar 14, 2011 at 6:38 AM
    • The Cliff Bay Hotel, spa day pass

      by joodee91 Online Now Jan 30, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      We stayed at The Cliff Bay a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the spa. We are returning to madeira later this year although we will be staying elsewhere. We were wondering if anyone knows whether it is possible to visit The Cliff Bay spa as a non resident of the hotel and if so, how much it costs.
      Thanks in anticipation

    • Bus Services in funchal

      by mocall Online Now Jan 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      Dear forun,
      I have twice stayed in Vlia Teresinha on Rua das Cruzes,
      it is quite a steep climb from Aveida do Mar. Just as
      I was leeving Last year I was informed that there was
      a Bus Service that ran along Rua das Cruzes I never saw
      this bus. Can someone advise me of the service No, full
      route, & stopping places please. this climb is nothing
      for the young & fit, but I am now 72 yrs old and this bus
      would be a God Send.
      I have booked again arriving February
      If you know of this bus please respond
      Seasonal Greetings

      2 Answers Jan 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM
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      Bus from HotelEden/The Residence to the old Funchal city

      by Takapiru Online Now Nov 13, 2010 at 8:51 AM

      Is there some bus connection?
      The route and timetable?
      7 days tourist tickets?
      Fare price? Where to buy the ticket?

      2 Answers Nov 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    • Funchal bus to Monte

      by allatsea Online Now Oct 3, 2010 at 4:59 AM

      We are in Funchal for one day (a Sunday) and want to go to Monte. My wife doesn't do cable cars so the idea is we take a bus. There seems to be a reasonable bus service but can anyone advise how long the bus trip takes.

      1 Answer Oct 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    • Airport to Lido area

      by jerry786 Online Now Sep 2, 2010 at 12:47 PM

      Will be arriving at Madeira airport on 4 October before noon. What are the options of getting to the Lido area by public transportation? The Dorisol Hotels have a free shuttle service to the city. I'm wondering if I and my suitcase could get to one of these hotels from the city? I would stay at one of these hotels. Should I stay in the city and bus to the ocean area? Also wondering if the Lido area will be deserted,at this time of year? Obligado.

      1 Answer Sep 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    • We 3 need a day driver for touring

      by LindaNewby Online Now Aug 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM

      On Nov. 29th we arrive and want to "see it all" with an English speaking driver (non smoker) in a full day trip. We three are travel agents and are looking to find a good resource for future guests as well.

      7 Answers Oct 15, 2010 at 6:58 AM
    • what to do n where to go

      by kymxx Online Now Jul 1, 2010 at 3:28 AM

      could anyone tell me what there is to do n where to go in funchal also for kids as well and what there is there and is it a big place and and would i need to hire a car to get to these places any suggestions and any extra info will be appreciated thanks

      3 Answers Jul 1, 2010 at 9:45 PM