Madeira

Braguinha de Madeira

Machete (Braguinha) is characteristic instrument of Madeira Island. It is a small guitar with four gut strings that are tuned in thirds, with the exception of the two main strings, which have an interval of a fourth. This instrument is used by farmers at feasts and dance. The music is vulgar in a succession of simple chords, but in the hands of a gifted player, the machete is capable of much more pleasant harmonies, and strangers are sometimes pleasantly surprised to hear the music ... in vogue played with considerable effect of an instrument that seems so insignificant. One or two farmers can often be seen on the field after a hard day of work ... playing in their favorite instruments. (more…)

By levadeiro, ago
Events

What is an Arraial?

Madeira has various ‘Arraiais‘ all year round. Arraiais are traditional regional festivities that is celebrated with street processions, flower carpets, churches and street decorations with lights, colorful flags, music, traditional folklore, food and drink. Each town/parish has its own Arraial Read more…

By levadeiro, ago
Blog

Discount

Everybody loves discounts, correct? But is it always a good thing to get? It totally depends on the background situation. Getting a discount on clothing as the new season rolls around feels great. The retailer needs to move the merchandise Read more…

By Madeiraful Editor, ago
People

The customer is not always king

For me the way people treat restaurant staff reveals a person's character. Customers who treat waiters as 'slaves' or 'servants' ... I consider them as the 'scum of earth' and not 'kings'. A man (or woman) who, for no reason, is actively unpleasant to waiters .. my advice is to avoided them. Also those who patronize waiters and other service offering staff. People that treat waiters as though they were invisible ... are all cretins! They think that it is a sign of sophistication ... NOT! (more…)

By levadeiro, ago
Interview

Interview with the makers of ‘WalkMe’

Interview with Pedro Gomes, who is Software Engineer at the University of Madeira and one of the makers of the WalkMe App. What is WalkMe? WalkMe is an iOS and Android mobile application that aims to be a guide to all hikers in Madeira Island and Porto Santo, providing useful information about the levada walks such as photos, description, map, ways to get to the levada and much more. You can use this application either for planning or during the levada walk. (more…)

By levadeiro, ago