madeira islands history

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Madeira was re-discovered by Portuguese sailors in the service of Infante D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator) in 1419, and settled after 1420. 
 
The archipelago is considered to be the first territorial discovery of the exploratory period of the Portuguese Age of Discovery. 
 
In 23 September 1433, the name Ilha da Madeira (English: Madeira Island, or literally island of wood) began to appear in the first documents and maps. 
 
The name given to the islands corresponded to the large dense forests of native Laurissilva trees that populated the island during the settlement. 
 
Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Madeira Wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well for its annual New Years celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world, as officially recognized by the Guinness World Records, in 2006. 
 
The main harbour in Funchal is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North America. 
 

Wonderful view! Very comfortable flat. Charming host.

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Just back from an excellent fortnight in Nuno’s flat – despite somewhat cloudy weather so trips round the island were a bit curtailed. No joy in driving through low cloud when you want to enjoy the spectacular views!
But the flat was warm and cosy, with fabulous views over Funchal and the harbour. The hammock was a delight on sunny afternoons – the balcony is a real suntrap.
The roads in Funchal are a bit of a challenge, narrow and winding and of course very hilly. But Nuno’s instructions were excellent and it was good to be able to park in the driveway and not fear someone clipping the car in the narrow street in front of the house. The neighbours were very helpfu too – only too willing to move cars to enable us to park. And as an alternative route into town, the bus service is very easy – just remember that it takes about 10 to 15 mins for the bus to reach the stop from town as the timetable provided only shows departure times from town and the terminal at the top. The stop is at the end of the road and you then go up to the terminal and turn round immediately for the return journey – which goes through other streets so it is best to do what the locals do and go for the ride. It only adds a few minutes to the journey. The bus stops opposite the indoor market in town and you can pick it up again from the harbour promenade.
The flat was very comfortable with a well equipped kitchen and excellent wifi coverage. The pictures give a good feel for the place.
Nuno and Carlota could not have been more helpful – Carlota even came out to replace the flickering neon light in the kitchen. And a weekly clean was a nice touch.
All in all we thoroughly recommend the flat, Thank you Nuno and Carlota.
Review Submitted by Katharine H.: Feb 1, 2017
Date of Stay: Jan 2017
 

new rules on car rentals

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European Union regulation will meet the concerns of customers.
Price of car reservation will include all expenses.
 
Number of costumers complaints have been increasing over the past years and there are now new rules on car rentals.
 
Around 2000 European consumers complained in the last year about car rental companies. About 20 clients filed complaints with the consumer authorities, mostly due to the charges of imperceptible damages.
 
They also complaint of the fact that the price presented to the consumer does not include all the expenses, at the time of paying they are surprised with higher bills.
 
Often rent-a-car companies try to increase the profit margins with extra services and insurances added to the base value of the car rental. Customers were not prepared for these expenses, nor did they understood the rationale for these fees.
 
5 leading car rental companies will now apply common rules in contracts with customers. The total price of the reservation will include all compulsory expenses and rental conditions must be clear.
The consumer has the option of getting the car with the full tank and returning it in the same conditions. This will be an European standard rule.
 
European Commission press release, 19 Jan 2017
 

holiday apartment in funchal madeira island

The Finest Holiday Apartment in Funchal, Madeira Island Portugal.
The Best View of Funchal.
High Standard Vacation Rental Accommodation.
 
We work very hard to provide the level of service that is expected, and in most cases, go above and beyond.
 
Through our regular renovations and upgrades, we hope that our Guests appreciate the attention to detail and the willingness to provide the best accommodation possible.