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SeaBookings will be at the BTL – Lisbon Travel Market

SeaBookings will be at this year’s Lisbon Travel Market, BTL (Bolsa de Turismo de Lisboa) which is going to take place between March 13th and 17th, at FIL, Parque das Nações.

Promoted by Fundação AIP and realized by FIL – Feira Internacional de Lisboa since 1989, Lisbon Travel Market is recognized by the tourism sector as the most important Tourism Fair in Portugal and a hub for professionals. The Fair has also consistently enhanced its presence in the international trade fairs calendar. In 2018, BTL welcomed more than 1150 exhibiting companies from 40 international destinations and 77 000 visitors.

The BTL is considered

The BTL is considered the most important Tourism Fair in Portugal

This year, the Lisbon Travel Market invited travel startups to apply for a space in the BTL LAB powered by the recently launched Tourism Innovation Center. SeaBookings applied and is proud to announce to be part of the selected startups.

With the BTL Lab, the BTL reinforces its commitment to a platform for dissemination and content, during the fair, which launches and announces new projects, and establishes professional networking promoting the development and business of innovative products and services for tourism.

SEA you at the BTL Lab from March 13th to 17th! 😉

Valentine’s day in Dubai

Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Dubai

Dubai is the perfect destination for couples who love luxury, an urban scenery and that extra taste of exclusivity! For those jet-setters among you who decide to take a trip to the impressive city that is Dubai, we have some great options to have an unforgettable time on Valentine’s day in Dubai. Here are our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Dubai!

Private skyscrapers boat tour in Dubai

On a private boat, you can also make this excursion a romantic one ;)

On a private boat, you can also make this excursion a romantic one 😉

The skyline of Dubai is simply impressive and unique! If you like the extremes, you simply have to see them during a boat tour. And to make it extra romantic for Valentine’s Day, why not choose this private skyscrapers boat tour in Dubai?

On board of a fast RIB, you can have a bit of a different romantic experience in Dubai! Feel the wind in your hair, take your partner’s hand and simply enjoy the stunning view over the skyscrapers along the skyline of Dubai that look simply unreal! It’s hard to find another skyline as unique as the one in Dubai, which is why this private skyscraper boat tour in Dubai will be an unforgettable romantic experience in Dubai on Valentine’s Day!

Luxury yacht rental in Dubai

luxury boat in Dubai

Enjoy Dubai’s skyline from a unique perspective

Well, one thing is for sure – Dubai is the king of luxury! If you too are a real luxury-lover, surprise your beloved and rent your own luxury yacht in Dubai! This luxury yacht rental in Dubai is perfect for all couples with exquisite taste!

Our Asfar Three 56ft is super spacious and very stylish. Here you have all the space you need to enjoy one of our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Dubai!! During the 4 hours, you can explore the Dubai Marina, Sheik Palace, Lagoon, Burj Al Arab, Palm Island (Atlantis) and Jumeirah at your own pace and have a really special time together! Your private skipper will take care of you so that you two can simply relax and enjoy the time!

1-hour boat charter in Dubai

yacht charter in Dubai

Cruise by the impressive skyline of Dubai

If a boat tour is only a small part of your big plans for Valentine’s day in Dubai, this 1-hour boat charter in Dubai is perfect for you to squeeze in between the rest of your plans! On board of the 52-foot yacht SUNRISE, you can enjoy the fresh breeze of the sea while cruising along the impressive skyline of Dubai!

Your private skipper will make sure the two of you have a great time on board and show you the best angles of Dubai on this boat charter! If you get too hot, take a refreshing dive and then dry up on the spacious sundeck of the yacht! The yacht has space for up to 20 people, so if you book it only for the two of you have all the space you need to have great quality time together while exploring the skyline of Dubai! Chartering a private yacht is definitely one of our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Dubai!

Wherever you lovebirds spend Valentine’s Day in Dubai, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most romantic experiences for this lovely day!

Valentine's day in Greece

Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Greece

Greece is probably one of the most idyllic places to spend Valentine’s day! Especially in the off-season, you have the amazing beaches and vast landscapes almost completely to yourselves. There is always something special about visiting such popular places like the Greek islands without the masses of tourists!

So if you’re lucky enough to be on one of the islands on February 14th, here are our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece for you!

Private half day sailing tour in Crete

Sailing is always a romantic idea

Sailing is always a romantic idea

Crete is one of those places that are already romantic enough by itself! Crystal-clear waters, white-washed houses, narrow streets and delicious food – Crete is the perfect destination to spend your Valentine’s day in Greece together!

For the extra portion of love, this private half-day sailing tour in Crete is the perfect option! On board of our beautiful sailing boat, you can enjoy the art of sailing and spend some time together on the spacious deck! Our friendly captain will give you privacy, and when you get hungry serve you some snacks and drinks! That way you can explore the coast at your own pace, and in full privacy! This private half day sailing tour in Crete is definitely one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece!

Sunset Tour in Rhodes

Having dinner onboard is surely a unique experience

Having dinner onboard is surely a unique experience

Watching the sun set over the Mediterranean sea from a Greek island sounds like the perfect pitch of romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day! On this sunset tour in Rhodes, this dream comes true! Enjoy a romantic dinner on board while sailing along the impressive coastline of Rhodes!

On board this beautiful yacht, you and your loved one will have one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece! The friendly crew will make you feel special all along the tour. Make sure you don’t forget your camera, to capture these unique moments for eternity!

Island boat tour in Mykonos

Discover the island from a different perspective

Discover the island from a different perspective

Mykonos is probably one of the hippest islands in Greece! But besides the many stylish boutiques and high-class restaurants, there is also an amazing nature and beautiful landscapes to discover! This island boat tour in Mykonos will take all lovebirds out to see some of the idyllic islands just off the coast of Mykonos!

For 6,5-hours you can simply relax on board the classic boat and enjoy the quality time together! Our experienced crew will make you feel welcome on board and you can forget about all your worries. From the old port in Mykonos, you will cruise along the coastline to the islands Rinea and Delos. On Delos, let yourself be surprised by the rich mythological past of this famous place! Following the footsteps of the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis is surely super special and one of our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece!

Wherever you and your lover spend Valentine’s Day in Greece, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most unforgettable experiences for this lovely day!

Valentine's Day in Croatia

Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Croatia

Croatia is still a rather untouched jewel in the Mediterranean Sea! Especially now at this time of the year it’s a beautiful destination for couples, and perfect to spend your Valentine’s day in a really special setting! We have our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Croatia in this list for you to choose from and create an unforgettable experience!

Island and wine tasting tour from Split

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Surprise your Valentine in Croatia

For our most romantic experience for Valentine’s day in Croatia, we have this amazing island and wine tasting tour from Split. The coastline around Split is simply stunning with the warm water and Mediterranean flair!

On this tour, you will visit some of the most beautiful places in the region, like the famous Blue Lagoon, Šolta island and Nečujam bay. On the island Brač, we will take you to one of the traditional wine cellars to do some wine tasting. If you love nature and good wine, this tour will be perfect for you and your partner to celebrate Valentine’s day in Croatia!

Boat tour from Split to Blue Lagoon and Trogir

Be amazed by the different shades of blue

Be amazed by the different shades of blue

This 5-hour boat tour is perfect if you would like to spend a special day together, exploring the region around Split and Trogir! If you and your partner like travel and exploring new places, you will love this boat tour from Split to Blue Lagoon and Trogir.

On board our modern speed boat, you will be able to explore the most beautiful places in the region. In Trogir, you can also go out exploring the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site! Visiting the Cathedral of St Lovre, discovering amazing beaches and simply spending a great day together is one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Croatia for active and culturally interested lovers!

Trogir boat tour to Hvar and Pakleni Islands

Spending Valentine's day at sea is very special

Spending Valentine’s day at sea is very special

Croatia is blessed with many many beautiful little islands, that are simply stunning and super romantic. From Trogir, you can join this boat tour to Hvar and Pakleni islands together with your beloved one, to spend an entire day exploring the most amazing places you can possibly imagine!

During this boat tour, you will spend the entire day cruising from one breathtaking beach to another, strolling through cute little towns and discovering the culture of Croatia. Admiring such a great deal of natural beauty is a unique and unforgettable experience and one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Croatia! Surprise your partner with this tour, take them out for a romantic lunch on a beautiful island and you aced Valentine’s day!

Wherever you and your sweetheart spend Valentine’s Day in Croatia, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most unique experiences for this romantic day!

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Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Spain

Valentine’s Day is only a few days from now! Are you lucky enough to spend Valentine’s day in Spain? Nice! Do you already have the perfect day planned? Maybe we can help you plan the perfect romantic experience for Valentine’s Day in Spain!

We have quite a few romantic experiences in Spain to choose from! We think that being out on the sea is always a good idea! And on our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s Day in Spain, that extra touch of magic is guaranteed!

Check out our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s Day in Spain, so that you can just pick and choose whichever is closest to you!

Barcelona

Sunset Boat Tour in Barcelona

The skies become magical once the sun starts setting

The skies become magical once the sun starts setting

To have one of the most romantic experiences in Barcelona, come on board this amazing sunset boat tour in Barcelona! On board of our beautiful catamaran, you can relax on the deck while enjoying some chill background music and the unique scenery.

The skyline of Barcelona is best admired during sunset. Together with your babe, you can make this moment unforgettable and still remember it when you’re back home! This sunset boat tour in Barcelona is perfect for lovebirds looking for the most romantic experience in Barcelona on a budget!

Helicopter & Boat Trip in Barcelona

boat trip in Barcelona

Our sailing yachts can take up to 11 pax

For a really special experience on Valentine’s Day in Spain, check this out: A Helicopter & Boat trip in Barcelona! First you go up high and fly above the skyline of Barcelona, and afterwards, you can relax and enjoy the view from a sailing boat!

This is a really special experience and perfect to celebrate your love! Flying and then sailing around Barcelona is something you won’t do many times in your life, and to share this moment will make it one of the most romantic experiences in Barcelona! Just make sure your partner isn’t afraid of heights and likes the thrill!

Islands

Private Sunset Boat tour in Ibiza

Enjoy a romantic sunset for the two of you

Enjoy a romantic sunset for the two of you

If you’re on Ibiza on Valentine’s day, you’re in the perfect place! The island is simply the perfect place to celebrate some romantic moments together. To make your stay in Ibiza even more romantic, you should definitely opt for this private sunset boat tour in Ibiza!

On board of the traditional boat, you will feel as romantic as it gets! Only your private skipper will be on board with you and serve you and your loved one some delicious cava. Enjoy the scenery and the view over the beautiful coastline while admiring the enchanting colors of the sunset. This beautiful private sunset boat tour in Ibiza is simply one of the most romantic experiences in Ibiza, and also the perfect setting for a proposal! 😉

Sunset Tour in Tenerife

The best things to do in Tenerife

Sailing is a must on this island

Also Tenerife has some great sunsets to offer, so if you’re on Tenerife to celebrate Valentine’s day, make sure you don’t miss out on watching the sunset during a boat tour! This sunset tour in Tenerife on a sailing boat is one of the best options and one of the most romantic experiences in Tenerife!

On board of a beautiful sailing boat you can relax and enjoy the view. Usually we also find some whales and dolphins during this sunset tour in Tenerife! This makes it even more special, seeing those magical animals in the wild during a sunset! Let’s be honest, it’s hard to imagine something even more romantic, right!?

Wherever you and your spouse spend Valentine’s Day in Spain, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most romantic experiences for this special day!

Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Portugal

Valentine’s Day is coming closer! Do you already have the perfect day planned for you and your beloved one? If not and you’re planning to be in Portugal, maybe we can help you plan the perfect romantic experience for Valentine’s Day in Portugal!

Around Portugal, from Noth to South, we’ve got lots of super romantic experiences in various destinations to choose from! We think that being out on the sea is always a special experience. On our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s Day in Portugal that extra portion of love is guaranteed!

Here are our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s Day in Portugal, so that you can just pick and choose whichever is closest to you!

Algarve

Private Sunset Boat Tour in Portimão

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Enjoy this tour from Portimão

No surprise that one of the most romantic experiences in the Algarve is a sunset tour! We think this private sunset boat tour in Portimão is simply perfect to enjoy together with your loved one. On board, the motorboat is only your private skipper, who will take you to the most impressive and beautiful places along the coast!

The famous rock formations of Benagil look the most beautiful during the most magical hour of the day. This private sunset boat tour in Portimão is simply one of the most romantic experiences in the Algarve! And by the way, many people already made a proposal during this tour!

SUP Tour in Benagil

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A visit to the cave of Benagil is always a good idea!

For more active lovers, this beautiful SUP Tour in Benagil is the best one of the most romantic experiences in the Algarve! The famous grotto of Benagil is famous worldwide, and being able to see this natural artwork in real life is always a great experience.

You can also book this SUP Tour in Benagil privately, to make it even more romantic! Your guide will make sure you have a great time while paddling through the amazing grottos of the Algarve. During this SUP Tour in Benagil, you and your special person will be amazed by the beauty of the coastline!

Lisbon Area

Private Sunset Sailing Tour in Lisbon

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Enjoy the magical colors!

Cruising along the Tagus River during sunset, admiring the impressive skyline of Lisbon on board of a sailing boat – seriously, can you imagine anything more romantic than this?? This private sunset tour in Lisbon is by far one of the most romantic experiences in Lisbon!

On board of a sailing boat, you will be able to admire the most important tourist attractions of Lisbon, like 25th of April Bridge, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the majestic Jerónimos Monastery. These sights look even more beautiful in the enchanting colors during sunset! You and your loved one can relax on the deck, enjoy the view and have great quality time together!

Dolphin Watching in Setúbal

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Enjoy nature together!

Another one of our most romantic experiences in Lisbon is a great option if your beloved one likes dolphins. This dolphin watching in Setúbal is only a 40min drive from the Portuguese capital city. Seeing these magical animals in their natural habitat is such a unique feeling, and sharing this moment with your favourite person will connect you even more!

Imagine yourself sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend on board of a beautiful catamaran, sailing along the amazing coastline of Setúbal. In the distance, you see the first splashes, and as you get closer you see a whole pack of happy and free dolphins! This experience is simply beautiful and thus one of the most romantic experiences in Lisbon! And we have another smaller catamaran available for a private dolphin tour if you prefer that!

Wherever you and your partner spend Valentine’s Day in Portugal together, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most romantic experienced for this special day!

Ibiza during Winter

5 reasons to visit Ibiza during Winter

Visiting Ibiza during Winter is maybe one of the best things you can do. Really! During this time of the year, there are so many beautiful things you can see and the fact that it’s less crowded means that you can enjoy the island even better

Lianne, responsible for the Spanish market and content/translations at SeaBookings, went to Ibiza just before the high season and shares her experience:

I am happy we did! In summer it turns into a party island, which is also nice, but in fall, winter and even in spring Ibiza is completely different and according to the locals, it’s actually the best time to visit Ibiza.

Ibiza during winter

Enjoy the Winter sunset

  1.    Lower temperatures

Winter is the time of the year that you will get a different perspective on the island’s beauty. Lower temperatures on Ibiza during Winter mean that you can explore the island more easily and with fewer tourists around you will see things you otherwise wouldn’t even notice.

Did you know for example that winter sunsets are very different from the ones in summer? They are something magical with lots of colors mixed together.

Enjoy the stunning winter flora

Enjoy the stunning winter flora (by Miss W)

  1.    Almond blossom

I think that everyone agrees that almond trees in bloom are very beautiful. Between January and March, you can actually see the white and light pink colored trees already on the island.

You can do a full moon walk in Santa Inés and admire the silvery blanket of almond trees under the light of the moon. I am sure that is something you’ve never done before, right?

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Discover secluded beaches (Shutterstock image)

  1.    Rent a car and visit secluded areas

Driving is the easiest way to get around Ibiza. Renting a car is, of course, cheaper during low season and definitely a great way to discover the hidden winter treasures.

I really enjoyed taking my mom to new places and discover some hidden beaches. Most of the beaches are secluded, but the bars and restaurants around it are still open.

Check out the lovely road to the Cala d’Hort beach on the picture above. Cala d’Hort is a small, beloved beach with a fantastic view of the mysterious island of Es Vedra.

Enjoy taking some stunning pictures

Enjoy taking some stunning pictures – Cala Conta by our Lianne

  1.    Photography

If you like to take photos, then this is your chance! During fall, winter and especially spring Ibiza shows the best it has to offer: vivid colors, picture-perfect clouds and that light which seems to characterize the whole island.

SUP can be done on Ibiza during Winter too!

SUP can be done on Ibiza during Winter too!

  1.    Outdoor activities

Because the temperatures on the island are always nice you can do a lot of outdoor activities in Ibiza during Winter.

If you would like to discover the island from another perspective, then I really can recommend doing a stand-up paddle tour in Cala Vadella.

Every Wednesday and Saturday there are organised tours and with a minimum of 2 people, it is also possible to do stand-up paddle at any other day.

During winter months, Ibiza town is less crowded, but normally there are always some private boat tours that are open all year.

We went on a private boat tour during wwinter season, it was great fun.

Do you prefer to relax? No problem, there are many restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the view over the ocean.

I hope I could help you prepare your visit to Ibiza during Winter! Enjoy your stay and feel free to contact me for any additional tips or questions or take a look at the other blog posts I wrote about Ibiza.

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Our 4 favorite things to do in Mykonos

Mykonos is famous for its laidback lifestyle, amazing beaches and a wild party scene. For decades this magical Greek island has been attracting travelers from all over the world. Its location in the Mediterranean makes it a popular destination all-year around, thanks to the mild climate!

Mykonos

Be careful: you might fall in love with this island!

Everybody will love Mykonos, as it has something for every taste. Families will be able to enjoy the clean beaches and calm waters around the island, active people have lots of activities to choose from both on and off-shore! And the young and hip will love the vibrant nightlife and stylish scene of the island!

Mykonos has so many great options that it’s hard to choose the best ones! Here we want to show you the 4 best things to do in Mykonos!

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You should really visit Delos if you have the chance!

  1. Visit the Island Delos

Delos is a little island not far away from the coast of Mykonos. It was once of high religious and mythological significance in Greece, as it was said to be the birthplace of the Gods Apollo and Artemis! Its ancient history attracts a lot of historians and has turned it into an archaeological jewel – definitely one of the 4 best things to do in Mykonos!

If you visit Mykonos, you should definitely take a boat tour to Delos and visit this mysterious little island! Besides amazing views and wild landscapes, you can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Delos and be surprised by the numerous artefacts of past times! A visit to Delos is worth it in every way, and the boat ride between Mykonos and Delos will also make you feel like a real explorer!

Enjoy a sunset party in Mykonos

Enjoy a sunset party in Mykonos

  1. Party at Paradise Beach

Mykonos is famous worldwide for its vibrant nightlife. Many people come here only for the famous parties around the island. One of the best spots to party is at Paradise Beach! Here you can even start partying during the day. Once the sun sets, things get really wild though! A Party at Paradise beach is one of our favorite things to do in Mykonos for all party animals!

Meet like-minded people from all over the world and dance your feet away in the sand and right in front of the ocean. The feeling of a party at the beach is like no other and you will probably never want to go into a real club afterwards. But if you do, no worries – if you head into town, you can keep partying all day and night!

Enjoy the christal clear waters

Enjoy the crystal-clear waters

  1. Try Scuba Diving in Mykonos

The warm and calm waters are great for Scuba Diving! Divers can visit many different sites – wrecks like the Anna II, beautiful reefs in Kalo Livado, Agia Anna and Lia Bay and cave such as in Tragonisi.

But even for those who have never dived before and would like to try it out for the first time, Mykonos has some great options! You can go for your first-time scuba diving at the beautiful Lia beach. The feeling of complete weightlessness is simply unique and you are sure to love it. Diving in the crystal-clear water of Mykonos is definitely one of the best things to do in Mykonos!

  1. Watch the sunset in Little Venice

Sunsets in Greece are magical

Sunsets in Greece are magical

Little Venice is probably one of the most popular areas around the island, especially in the afternoon when the sun starts setting. This area has come to its name thanks to the many little houses that are built right on the water. These houses were mostly built in the 18th century by shipping merchants.

Today, the houses have turned into numerous little cafés and restaurants with probably some of the best views you can get around the island while sipping on your coffee (or wine!). You can sit relaxed on the edge of the water and simply feel the spirit of the sea. During sunset, however, these front-row seats are very popular so make sure to get there early. The sunsets seen from Little Venice will be some of the most beautiful you will ever witness, we promise! Thus, watching the sunset in Little Venice is one of the best things to do in Mykonos!

When you plan your holidays in Mykonos, make sure to include a few of our favorite things to do in Mykonos for your ultimate experience! This Greek island is simply magic and surely you will fall for it as well!

 

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Things to do on Madeira

Things to do on Madeira

Poncha Madeira

Madeira is a perfect holiday destination the whole year round. We’ll share the some tips to take the most out of your holidays on the island and enjoy the best things to do on Madeira.

Madeira is one of the archipelagos of Portugal. The archipelago is composed by two inhabited islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, and a few islands where no people live on. The capital of this autonomous region is Funchal.

The islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are characterized by a warm subtropical climate all year round. Madeira is very popular for active travellers who like outdoor experiences like hiking or running in the mountains, playing golf or water activities like surf, SUP, kayak and boat tours.

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We went to visit the Portuguese island to check out the best things to do on Madeira and share them with you.

Flights

Things to do on MadeiraReaching Madeira is very easy and affordable. The airport has only one terminal and you can easily find your way to the public transport or rent-a-cars.

Flights are very affordable. From Portugal, TAP has been doing some great discounts. Flights by TAP from Lisbon or Porto to Funchal start at €47.  If you’re flying from the UK, for example, there are several airlines that operate to Madeira: easyJet, British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Return flights from the UK from December to March will only cost you 65£ to 74£, while from June to September these fares can double.

Getting around

Seabookings in Madeira

At your arrival you can either chose to use public transport or rent a car. We decided to rent a car. We believe this is in fact the best way to explore the island. It allows you to be more flexible and to enjoy the best things to do on Madeira.

There are several rent-a-cars and prices start at about €15 per day. We used rentalcars.com and paid €76 for five days. It’s definitely worth it to hire a car.

We do recommend you to hire a car with some power. Madeira is very hilly and the least powerful cars may not be able to climb up the highest peak of the island when they are full. Be careful when signing the rental contract and make sure you’ve got the right insurance for your needs. Our contract was to give in the car with an empty deposit.  During the five days, where we used the car a lot, we used a full deposit.

Hilly Madeira Things to do

Using the bike to get around the island is not recommendable as there are no paths for bikes and Madeira is super hilly. Biking is one of the best things to do on Madeira if you like sports, so you can go on a biking tour if you wish. But as means of transportation, we truly recommend the car.

Stay

The best things to do on Madeira are a bit all over the island. Staying in the capital, Funchal, is nice if you wish to enjoy some more culture or nightlife. If you’re fonder of nature and want to avoid the most touristic places you can also stay at other towns. In the end, everything is nearby by car.

Prices per night at local “hospedarias” in Funchal start at €20 for a twin room. For the luxury lovers, you can stay at a “Quinta” of more than €150 per night. There are places to stay for all budgets.

Things to do Madeira

We stayed at an apartment via AirBnB. It was located at Ribeira Brava. Ribeira Brava is a small coastal town about 20km west from Funchal. From the airport, Ribeira Brava is about 36km. It’s a nice place to stay. Ribeira Brava has got some good restaurants, a beach and supermarket.

Given the size of the island, the best thing to choose the location of your stay is by taking into consideration the things you want to do on Madeira. Another factor is your budget. In fact, you can stay anywhere as the island is not that big and if you’ve got a car you can go from one side of the island to the other within one hour.

Things to do in Madeira

There are many things to do on Madeira Island. There are activities for all tastes and ages. Of course, we are more into water activities like dolphin and whale watching on Madeira. Other people may be more into playing gold or tasting the local culture and wild nature.

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For the ocean-lovers, Madeira is a true paradise in terms of activities. Our four favorite things to do on Madeira Island are:

Boat tours in Madeira

Madeira is home to many species of cetacean (dolphins and whale species) and there are several boat tours to observe them. This is one of the most popular things to do on Madeira as it’s suitable for all ages and can be done all year round.

These trips may take between two and three hours. There are different options regarding the vessel. You can go for a big stable catamaran, a typical Portuguese sailing ship or a fast rigid inflatable boat.

whale watching madeira

The whale and dolphin watching trips on Madeira are more than just watching. With marina biologists and local skippers on board, you’ll get to know a lot about the wild life and about the Island itself.

SUP tours:

SUP in Madeira - Around Freedom

Join a small group of watersport lovers or bring your friends and family and learn how to Stand-up Paddle on Madeira! SUP is the new worldwide booming sport. This experience will give you and your friends or family a different perspective of the Madeira Island.

SUP allows you to access the local nature and lush landscape where other vessel types cannot reach. You can enjoy marine reserves where abundant marine life can be appreciated to the fullest. SUP is very dependent on weather conditions. As on the Island of Madeira the weather and ocean conditions vary a lot, there is almost always a good spot to SUP.

Surf in Madeira

Surfing is a very popular activity on Madeira. The lessons are given on the beaches of volcanic sand, usually in the north-eastern part of Madeira. Surf classes are suitable for all levels of experience. Just like SUP, surfing is rather dependent on weather and ocean conditions. The instructor will always search for the best alternative to guarantee the complete enjoyment of the surf activity. On Madeira, the villages of Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar and Ponta Pequena are the most popular surf spots. Lugar de Baixo and São Vicente are also becoming popular surf spots.

  • Scuba diving:

Also for scuba divers Madeira is a paradise. The all year round mild climate and water temperatures of 18 to 23°C make Madeira one of the warmest scuba diving spots of Europe. Scuba divers chose Madeira as a holiday destination because of the crystal clear waters and the chance of encountering species like barracudas, monkfish, dolphins, rays and even mantras. Madeira hosts several diving schools, mainly in Funchal and Caniço de Baixo. Diving on Madeira is suitable for all levels of experience.

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In addition to these water-related activities on Madeira, the island is also very popular for walking, hiking and trail running. Madeira is very rich in walking routes. The routes are all very well signaled by the local government. The routes vary from 2 to 12km and the levels of difficulty also very a lot. All the information is explained on the Visit Madeira website.

We highly recommend you to bring good walking or running shoes and to bring some water and food supplies along your walking adventure. We also suggest you to check out the weather forecast to not be surprised by the variable island climate and avoid dangerous situations. If you prefer, you can also join a walking tour.

Running in Madeira

Things to eat in Madeira

For the food-lovers, there are several things you must do while on Madeira Island. Madeira, as well as the Azores, is very well known for its meat.

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We recommend you to enjoy a delicious “Prego em bola do caco”. Prego is veil meat and it’s served on a typical local type of bread. The bread is kind of sweetish and very soft. It makes a delicious combination with the meat. Also, having this “bola do caco” bread as a starter with garlic butter is too delicious to be true.

Milho frito Madeira

Another must-eat on Madeira is the “espetada”, a meat skewered. Typically this skewered is served on the stick of bay. The meat is extremely juicy and served with fried corn cubes and salad. We recommend you to ask how big the portions are because sometimes they’re big enough to serve too.

These dishes may very well be accompanied with a local Madeira wine. Be aware that Madeira wine is very different to normal wine. As a desert, order a passion fruit mousse or any local fruit like the bananas and other tropical fruit.

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We’re Madeira fans and would be happy to help you to plan your holidays on this beautiful island. Feel free to contact us for other tips, questions or request booking information.

Enjoy Madeira!

Rhodes at Easter

Why you should visit Rhodes at Easter

Greece has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe forever, and there’s a good reason for it. Paradisiacal beaches, turquoise waters, friendly people and great food. Rhodes is especially beautiful and worth a visit. Let us show you why you should visit Rhodes at Easter.

Be impressed by the island's lanscapes

Be impressed by the island’s landscapes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece, that lie surrounded by the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. Due to this special location in two important sea-routes, it has always been an important place in history. Thus, the old town of Rhodes is incredibly rich in culture, museums and history!

Enjoy the cute towns

Enjoy the cute towns

But not only historians and culturally interested travellers will love Rhodes. The warm and calm waters are perfect for beach holidays and nature lovers have endless terrain of untouched land to discover!

Rhodes is a great holiday destination all year around. But in this post, we’ll show you why you should visit Rhodes at Easter!

The mild weather

Temperatures in Rhodes are nice all-year around, but in springtime, it’s especially great to visit this magical island. The average temperature in April is around 20°C, so it’s warm enough to spend time at the beach but not too warm. This way you can also enjoy bike-rides and do other active things during your Easter holidays in Rhodes, like a fun SUP Tour in Rhodes for example!

Empty beaches!

Empty beaches!

It’s only the start of the season

If you visit Rhodes at Easter, it means that all restaurants, hotels and tour operators have just re-opened after a well-deserved winter break. So at this point, everybody is relaxed and motivated for a new season, which means you get to meet the people while they are still full of energy and happy about all tourists coming in! As you can imagine, during summer it gets very stressful for the locals! So that’s another reason why Rhodes is the best destination for your Easter holidays!

Beautiful coastline

Beautiful coastline

Less crowded beaches and tourist attractions

Rhodes is one of the most visited islands of Greece, thus in the summer, it gets very busy around the coast! If you visit Rhodes during your Easter holidays, you will find even empty beaches as well as fewer queues around the most famous tourist attractions like the town Lindos or the medieval part of Rhodes town!

So Rhodes is the perfect destination for your Easter holidays because you get to enjoy the beauty and magic of the amazing places around the island without tourist masses! That way you might fall in love even more with the island of Rhodes!

Enjoy the Spring colors

Enjoy the Spring colors

Discounted prices for flights and accommodation

Another reason why it’s worth to visit Rhodes at Easter is that at that time of year, you pay much less for both flights and accommodation! If you have a look around you might even find some nice package prices that included both flights and accommodation for reasonable prices!

Also, boat tours and other watersport activities have low-season prices many times, so that you can actually save some money! With that extra money, you can enjoy some extra yummy food! In Rhodes, you will find many delicious restaurants with seafood and of course the famous Gyros!

You'll be amazed by this island

You’ll be amazed by this island

We went to Rhodes in April and we loved it there! Only sunny days, warm beach weather and really cheap prices all over the island – it was the perfect Easter holiday destination, and the best way to warm up after a cold winter! So yes, Rhodes at Easter should definitely be on your bucket list!