Madeira is known as the flower island. There are nice parks and gardens with many colourful flowers and flowering trees everywhere on the island.
Many people buy also flowers to bring them home. You can buy them in the street, at the market and in the shops. Also it's possible to order them in several hotels.
What to buy: Every season has its own flowers, but the year round you can find Popcorn Bush, Bird of Paradise, Anthurium, Bougainvillea, Cape Honeysuckle, Begonia, Morning Glory, Tibouchina, Hibiscus, Flamingo Flower, Pinnate Lavender and Plumbago
Several shops in Camacha: Baskets
Camacha, a village in the mountains in the eastern part of Madeira, is known by its craftwork, made by willow basket makers.
In Camacha they make almost everything of wicker, like baskets of all sizes and forms, but also furniture, kitchen utensiles, wine holders, hats. So if you need anything like this, it's the place to be.
Another souvenir that i bought in Madeira was those lovely things for the kitchen.
Take a look to the photo, how lovely are the pot holders (Thanks Mary for the tips ;-))
And the thing that is in the middle it is used to place the lighters and for decoration in the kitchen.
Bolo de mel e vinho da Madeira
Well, before I have been in Madeira, I already had tasted the fabulous Honey cake (bolo de mel) from Madeira and the sweet wine (vinho), because I have some friends from Madeira and they brought to me.
You can find the recipe of Madeira Cake on the website : http://www.recipecottage.com/cakes/madeira.html
What to buy: Honey cake and wine from Madeira, these two things you can’t miss, it is my advice, you will love them for sure.
You can find these gorgeous things in any pastry shop and even in the souvenirs shop.
Madeira wine and honey cake
Madeira wine got its special taste by chance and this happened in the old days when sea voyages were so long.
Wein was sent to East India and because of pirates the ships had to return back home. At first they thought the wine was not drinkable after having crossed the Equator twice and being exposed to high temperatures . However, someone decided to taste the wine and they found out that it was excellent so what they did in those days was to send the wine on a long trip to the Equator and back to get that special flavour.(Torna Viagem ). In time it was discovered that through heating the wine barrel (Estufagem) the wine developed that special caramel aroma which gives it the unmistakable flavour of Madeira wine.
Souvenirs from Madeira
Like in other places I had been, I went to a souvenir shop to buy something to remember Madeira.
I had so few time to explore Madeira that our vacations was almost at the end and I hadn’t bought anything. So, in the last day, when we had our journey by cable car to the Estalagem do Monte, I bought there the souvenirs, fortunately there was a souvenir shop there!
What to buy: I bought one azulejo (glazed tile) of a Santana's House and a woman dressed with the traditional costume. Take a look to the photo.
What to pay: Euros
- Family Travel
MadeiraShopping: A big shopping mall in Funchal
The biggest shopping mall in Madeira -- hosts 112 shops, 20 restaurants, 7 cinemas, 8 bowling lanes.
Many hotels have transfers to the shopping center every hour -- easiest way to get there!
What to pay: Depens on what you want to buy
inside the Flower market: Fresh fish...
Within the Flower market also is a fish market.
What to buy: Many different kind of fresh caught fish, from Shrimps to Tuna
- Road Trip
Market in Funchal: Shopping Flowers
You get into a market and the thing you see is beatifull flowers, it's the most beatifull market i ever met.
What to buy: Flowers and Wine
What to pay: With 25 Euros you buy a lot of flowers