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    • Saagar's Profile Photo

      Travelling to Lisbon with children in April

      Portugal Jan 7, 2017 at 6:54 PM

      My last attempt to go to Lisbon was in 2005, with my ageing mother. I had collected great tips from reading fellow VT'ers tips and assembled an array of ideas. The day before departure my mother keeled over with a stroke and did not regained sufficient strength to travel anymore. So now with the kids, trying again:
      Question 1: 3 things to do with children that need to be challenged, not entertained, aged 8-11 in Lisbon?
      Question 2: choice of 3 places to stay (towns, not necessarily hotels) on the Algarve coast between the Spanish border and the south-west cape, keeping kids in mind?

      - Yes, indeed, I am reading all relevant info on the Portugal VT pages, but a little help would be good to cut through the jungle...

      Thank you for any responses to what is probably one of my last questions before VT closes down...

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    • Fishermen's Festival, Peniche

      Peniche Dec 21, 2016 at 11:16 AM

      10 years ago my wife and I were at Peniche for a Fishermen's Festival. There were outdoor tents serving food and dancing in the streets. Does anyone know when it will happen in 2017?

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    • eating out

      Albufeira Jan 5, 2017 at 6:37 AM

      will be staying at the Auramar Beach Resort from the 20 to 27 January 2017. it`s my wife`s birthday on the 20 and our anniversary on the 22 January. was hoping to take her out on the 21st for a meal could anybody recommend a nice restaurant that do stakes. don't mind taxi ride in to town as I beleave it`s only 10 mins ride. thanks in advance

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    • Hen do Early March

      Albufeira Jan 5, 2017 at 3:13 AM

      Hi, what is the night life in Albuferia in early March?

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      Quiet area near Lisbon

      Portugal Jan 4, 2017 at 6:02 AM

      We are a group of around 10 mature adults, including artists and writers, looking for a villa in a quiet, picturesque are within reach of Lisbon. Can anyone suggest a non-touristy, quiet but interesting area we should be looking at?

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      Coimbra to Nazare by Train and bus?

      Coimbra Jan 1, 2017 at 10:22 AM

      I am in the process of planning our trip to Portugal in late January. I'm hoping someone can help give advice  .... we are travelling from Aveiro to Nazare by bus/train. The Alfa Pendular#124 will take us to Coimbra Station B. From here we walk to the Redo Expressos( is there a sidwalk along here?)which stops in Leira then onto Nazare. Can anyone familiar with the area confirm if I am correct?

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      Airport bus...Aeroport or #44?

      Lisbon Dec 31, 2016 at 8:28 PM

      Hello..I understand there is the aeroport bus but also the #44 bus..that follows the same route? Do you buy tickets on the bus? Need they be validated? And are the stops visible on the bus by sign?? I would need Rossio stop.Many thanks!

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      10 Day Trip - Algarve & Seville

      Algarve Dec 22, 2016 at 9:20 AM

      My wife and I are spending 10 days in the Algarve area next April. We fly in and out of Faro and will be picking up and dropping off our hire car in that location. I'm thinking of staying in three or four different locations and would like to do a circular tour in our hire car. It seems sensible to take in Seville. Any ideas for towns where a couple of nights would be a pleasant experience? Our interests are history, culture and moderate walking. Phil C

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      Stay the whole week in Funchal, or not?

      by MalenaN Online Now Nov 6, 2016 at 12:43 AM

      Hello!
      I will visit Madeira for a week in April and during that week I would like to do several hikes. Is it good to base myself in Funchal and from there make daytrips with local transportation (bus) to places where I can start/end a hike, or should I base myself in another town/village for a few days?

      2 Answers Nov 6, 2016 at 5:09 AM
    • Buses time

      by sandra1401 Online Now Jul 20, 2016 at 1:17 AM

      Buses time which are shown in google maps are true ?
      Everybody say that buses in Madeira go a few time a day but there are so many rides.

      Thanks

      2 Answers Jul 21, 2016 at 7:54 AM
    • New Year's Eve Fireworks

      by Gadryn Online Now May 22, 2016 at 2:33 PM

      Where is the best place to watch the New Years Eve fireworks in Madeira? Sadly, a boat is not an option. Thanks!

      1 Answer May 23, 2016 at 2:10 PM
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      Botanical Gardens

      by dahowarduk Online Now May 15, 2016 at 11:55 AM

      Can you walk from Monte to the Botanical Gardens?
      Then can you get a cable-car back to Monte before getting another cable-car back to Funchal?

      3 Answers May 16, 2016 at 8:25 AM
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      How much time do I need in Madeira

      by rickmatthews Online Now Dec 26, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      Hi, my wife and I are going to visit Madeira in May 2016. How much time do we need to see all the island and not be in a rush. We also would like to visit Porto Santo while we are there. It looks like we will have to get a flight into Lisbon and then onto Madeira. We were planning on a minimum of two weeks but could stay longer if need be.

      Any suggestions would be appreciated.
      Thanks
      Rick M

      5 Answers Dec 27, 2015 at 12:29 AM
    • Should I hire a car in November?

      by SueW60 Online Now Nov 5, 2015 at 3:18 AM

      I am visiting for a week at the end of November, should I hire a car for the week? I can't find any recent advice, many years ago it was suggested that if the weather is wet don't drive! If the buses are frequent and reliable should I rely on them...........?

      4 Answers Nov 5, 2015 at 5:35 AM
    • Sat nav on the golf buggies

      by mindthepond Online Now Oct 16, 2015 at 3:55 AM

      Do the buggies on the two main island course have sat nav or do we need to bring our own please??

      1 Answer Oct 16, 2015 at 10:39 AM
    • Weather at the moment

      by mindthepond Online Now Oct 16, 2015 at 3:54 AM

      We are coming out soon(November) but Accuweather shows storms and horrendous rain is it really as bad as that?? do we need to bring wet weather gear for the golf??

      12 Answers Oct 17, 2015 at 12:46 AM
    • Local lace

      by RoseOfGalala Online Now Dec 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      What are the best places to purchase lace items on Madeira?

      2 Answers Dec 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM
    • tipping in madeira

      by chessnut62 Online Now Jul 24, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      What is the norm for tipping in madeira? Taxis, waiters etc

      5 Answers Jul 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM
    • Traveling to Madeira

      by Zohrehkhanom Online Now May 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Hi;
      I need some tips on which Island in Madeira has the best of everything and also the weather in Oct.
      Thanks

      2 Answers May 27, 2014 at 2:41 AM
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      Funchal holidays in May 2014

      by onslayer Online Now May 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Hi, everyone! I'm planning to go to Madeira Funchal on the 19th of May. I'm going on my own so would like to know if anyone else is about to relax on that beautiful island in May to find friends to spend time with? And in which hotel are u about to stay, please? :)

    • Day Trips from Funchal

      by burnardh Online Now Apr 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Hi I'm staying in Funchal and would like to know where is the best part of the Island to visit ie North, South, East or West Thanks

      8 Answers Apr 5, 2014 at 3:08 AM
    • Car or scooter?

      by LH_GLS Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Hi me and my partner have hired a scooter or a car most times we go abroad. We are travelling to Madeira in August and wondered which you recommend? We like the ease of parking a scooter. I realise it's a very hilly place however!

      Your advice would be appreciated.

      Many thanks

      Louise

      4 Answers Mar 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM
    • Hotel restaurant meal prices

      by V1sops Online Now Feb 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Prices of meals in all the restaurants in the Pestana hotels, please.

      It has been suggested we should consider these hotels for when we go to Madeira but I have not been able to access this information on the internet. Is there a good site for this?

      3 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 12:57 AM
    • Travelling around by bus

      by saffyem Online Now Dec 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Hi - I'm coming to beautiful Madeira end of this month and staying in Jardim do Mar. I've found out there are buses from there to Calheta - are there many buses from Calheta to take to visit other parts of the island?

      Apart from a couple of organised trips - I'm planning just to relax and see where I end up!

      Any bus advice would be great. Thanks :)

      4 Answers Dec 11, 2013 at 1:39 AM
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      Knitting yarn

      by Saravr Online Now Dec 10, 2013 at 3:53 AM

      Here on holiday, and forgotten to bring my knitting! Where can I buy wool yarn and a set of needles?!!!!

      2 Answers Dec 11, 2013 at 4:07 AM
    • Esther from israel

      by levin51 Online Now Nov 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Hallo I am from Tel Aviv.I would like to know where about to stay its our first time in Madeira? How is the weather in December?
      thanks
      Esther Levin

      5 Answers Nov 19, 2013 at 3:35 AM
    • Weather in late October / early November

      by ClaireLHeaton Online Now Sep 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Hi, we are thinking of going to Madeira later next month / beginning of November -please could someone advise us on the weather situation around then? We've read that the rainfall in November increases, but by how much? Also we will taking our three year old so if anyone has any recommendations of a good family friendly hotel we would be grateful for any information.

      Thank you

      Claire

      5 Answers Nov 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM
    • Steam locomotive in Funchal

      by KeithWoods Online Now Sep 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      In about 1980 I was in Funchal. Not far from the port, I came across a huge old steam locomotive, painted and polished, standing on a section of rail in a garden. I have not been able to find a trace of this locomotive since. Did I dream it ? Help. Keith Woods, London.

      2 Answers Oct 7, 2013 at 5:15 AM
    • Cristo Rei at Paul do Serra

      by Bridie101 Online Now Sep 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      What is the history of the Cristo Rei statue and the other monuments at Paul do Serra?
      Why is there a small statue of the loaves and fishes.

      Thank you
      Bridget Lowery

      4 Answers Sep 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM
    • Buses schedule and routes

      by EasyNow Online Now Aug 28, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      Hello,

      Can you please help me consulting on the buses routes and schedules (or maybe taxi fares) on Madeira? I will be travelling to the island in September. I am travelling with my fiancee on a romantic trip and we would like to visit a few gorgeous places.

      These are the Jesus Christ statue, the Cabo Girao cliff, the Ponta do Pargo lighthouse and a ride on the Cable car with visiting the Tropcial garden. Our driving experience is less than 1 year, so we are unable to rent a car.

      Could you please help me and explain how can we get from our hotel to the desirable places? We have booked Vidamar Resorts hotel on Estrada Monumental.

      First we would like to go to see the Jesus Christ statue, then get to the Cable Car and see the famous Garden there. After that we would love to visit one of the europe's highest cliff - Cabo Girao. And last but not least, we want to see the Ponta do Pargo lighthouse, have a meal there and then return to the hotel on Estrada Monumental in Funchal.

      I appreciate your help!

      4 Answers Aug 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM
    • Query about the four views hotel in Funchal

      by breseli Online Now Aug 10, 2013 at 5:45 AM

      Hi

      Myself and a friend were thinking of booking a holiday at your hotel through Thomsons Travel Agent on the 3rd March 2014.

      On the reviews it quotes that your hotel will be closed due to refurbishment.

      Please can you tell me if this is the case because all the travel agents are not telling customers.

      Can you also recommend any other hotel which is suitable for senior citizens.

      2 Answers Aug 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM
    • Dangerous landing?

      by Diana89 Online Now Aug 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      I am scared of flying and Madeira is known for its dangerous airport.
      Have you ever experienced a difficult landing in August? Should I be worried? My parents are also scared, they suggested I should cancel the trip. :((

      20 Answers Aug 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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      Pico do Areeiro

      by Paulaaa Online Now Jun 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Hi All :)

      I am going to visit Madeira soon and unfortunately I can not rent a car.
      Is it possible to get to Pico do Areeiro from Funchal by bus? If not maybe there is a bus stop nearby?

      Best regards
      Paulina

      10 Answers Jun 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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      Christmas

      by jacksoj1 Online Now May 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Can you tell me what it is like over Christmas and New Year please. Are the shops/bars/restaurants open on Christmas, Boxing and New Years Day?

      8 Answers May 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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      From airport to a hotel in the evening/night time

      by PolinaS Online Now Apr 24, 2013 at 3:50 AM

      I'm trying to book a flight from Lisbon to Funchal with suitable time of landing and I have two options for flights: TAP which lands in Funchal at 00:55 or EasyJet - lands at 20:40. But in first case (with TAP) I miss bus and aerobus to Funchal from airport, and in the second case I have a very little chance to get last aerobus at 21:15 (anam.pt/aero-bus-madeira-en-.... Usually, how long time it takes to get luggage of EasyJet Flights? And if I still miss all buses, what is appoximate price for a taxi to get Funchal in the night time?

      10 Answers Oct 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM
    • Madeira Foods

      by patrick68 Online Now Mar 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Will be travelling to Madeira and wanted to know what to expect in terms of Madeiran foods. Are restaurants good there? I will be staying in Funchal but i am planning on renting a car and touring the island. Are restaurants easy to find outside of Funchal? I have been searching and i have found lots but the majority are in the city. Any tips? thanks

      4 Answers Mar 27, 2013 at 4:53 AM
    • Autovermietung auf Madeira

      by marineck Online Now Jan 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      There are so many car rental firms in Madeira, and I can not choose. Maybe you have an good/bad experience and could advice, which to take?
      Many thanks in advance!

      6 Answers Jan 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM
    • Tours from canico

      by jcanico Online Now Oct 4, 2012 at 3:29 AM

      Wondering whether there are any tour companys that would pick me up at the hotel in canico and drop me back there.
      Also whos the best for a private transfer from the airport.

      Thank you :)