Category Archive: Madeira

Tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace

Belmond Reid's Palace Tea

A unique experience that we recommend our clients while visiting Madeira, is to enjoy the afternoon tea at the Belmond Reid’s Palace.

The historic hotel is located on top of a cliff, therefore it has a magnificent view of the Funchal Harbor and is surrounded by lush subtropical gardens. Since its construction in 1891 by Scotsman William Reid, it quickly became an attraction to European royalty and English aristocracy.

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Winston Churchill, Emperor Karl Von Habsburg, Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, dramatist George Bernard Shaw and more recently Jean-Marie Le Pen and Stephanie of Monaco, are some of the important guests the luxury hotel has welcomed.

Afternoon Tea:

“Anticipate a truly timeless affair.”

Certainly, the afternoon tea is a unique and very special experience that you shouldn’t miss!

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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The 36€ Menu includes delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade pastries, all accompanied by your choice from a selection of 24 teas (green, black or infusions). For the champagne lovers, you can also request a glass of champagne for 18,50€ more.

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

Photo: @belmondreidspalace

Tea is served in the hotel’s beautiful terrace with a breathtaking view over the City Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. If you want, you can also enjoy a botanical tour of the hotel subtropical gardens. The stroll through the gardens happens twice a week.

Belmond Reid's Garden

Photo: @stacieflinner

The afternoon tea is available daily from 3pm to 4:30pm. The hotel dress code for the afternoon tea is smart casual dress, as a result, no sportswear or shorts allowed.

To visit the Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Menu, click here.

Have you experienced the afternoon tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira? Tell us about it!

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Levada walks, something you must do in Madeira

By: Elisa C. De Melo

What is a levada?

If you are not Portuguese, and have never been to Madeira, chances are you probably have never heard of a “levada walk”. Since you are probably wondering what is this “thing” that we are suggesting for you to do, please allow us to clarify first what is a “Levada”. “Levada” is a Portuguese word that comes from the word “levar” (which means to carry). To be more accurate, a levada is  a small canal that carries water.

Levada. Photo: Tour Azores

These mini canals were developed long time ago, they date back to the 16th century. Built as irrigation systems to distribute water from rainfall and wet regions to the drier regions of the Island. Still today, these narrow water canals continue to deliver water to vineyards, banana plantations, fruit and vegetable gardens and the hydro-electric power stations around Madeira. The irrigation system now comprises more than 200 levadas, with an impressive 1,864 miles of mini canals and 25 miles of tunnels.

Levada walks:

Now you can assume what a “levada walk” is. The famous “levada walks” are walking trails in narrow paths beside the Levadas. They are the perfect activity for the explorer and nature lover that wants to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk away from the city. Levadas are inaccessible by car. They allow you to disconnect and venture into the island, without being afraid of getting lost.

Levada dos Cedros

Levada dos Cedros. Photo Courtesy of: @franciscocorreiaphotos

If you want to learn more about the Islands fauna and flora, admire panoramic and breathtaking landscapes and reconnect with yourself, then levada walks are for you. They are definitely one of the most unique experiences that you can have while visiting the Island!

Bird in Madeira

Fauna in Madeira. Photo courtesy of @goroholicza

Keep in mind that Levada walks range in difficulty, so if you are not an experienced walker you can choose an easy one, and if you are experienced then you can venture in one that would be more challenging.

Levada do Rei

Levada do Rei. Photo: @thewanderlustwithin

What to bring?

We recommend to bring proper walking shoes, socks and clothes, camera or phone, binoculars, hat, a light rain jacket and a light backpack loaded with water, a mix trail, snacks and a sandwich. During your walk you will surely find a place to sit down, take a bite and relax. It could even be next to a waterfall!

Levada Fãja do Rodrigues

Levada Fãja do Rodrigues. Photo courtesy of: @josemata1818

As with any place that you visit, we would like to cordially ask to pick up your trash and carry it with you until you can dump it in a proper garbage can. We want to preserve the beauty and nature of these places so that they continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

Are you ready to discover the best of Madeira by foot? Then let’s go for a levada walk!

We have several tours to Madeira where you can add a levada walk tour:

Madeira and Azores Tour

Madeira and Lisbon Tour

New Years in Madeira 2019-2020

Levada 25 Fontes

Levada 25 Fontes. Photo courtesy of @philecureuil