Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal and an archipelago comprising four islands off the northwest coast of Africa, off the coast fo Morocco, north of the Canary Islands. Its namesake fortified wine, dense cakes and warm, subtropical climate are key features that most tourists know. But what about the feng shui of the main island of Madeira which is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly and volcanic beaches and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. The capital of Madeira is Funchal with wonderful botanic gardens and a picturesque harbour where New Year’s fireworks take place – the biggest in the world.
History of Madeira
Maderia was both founded and claimed in 1400 by Portuguese and it’s known as the island of eternal spring with it’s the semi-tropical climate. Winston Churchill was a visitor to this island as well as Christopher Colombus. It is also a place birth of a footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo (who’s got his statue there – full name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro). Funchal is the main city and originally meant ‘fennel plantation’ with a population of over 100k which makes it the sixth-largest city in Portugal.
Panoramic views of Madeira
The first step in appreciating the feng shui of the island is to go to Mirador Das Cruzes, which is one of the oldest viewing platforms in Madeira, built in 1936.
There are many emblematic peaks in Madeira such as ‘Pico Ruivo’, ‘Pico do Areeiro’ and ‘Pico das Torres’ with stunning views of the majestic Madeira Island landscape. Ruivo de Matard (altitude 630m) is another one.
Travelling through Funchal
Getting a bus tour of the place is the easiest and quickest way to see the place. Or you can try a toboggan thing for tourists (first used in 1850). Or follow the irrigation system called Levadas – 2150km of it – started in 1400 and finished the last one 70 years ago. Vereda dos Balcoes walk is a popular one (UNESCO heritage site). While walking you can enjoy the largest loral forest in the world (1.8m years old).
San Loreto Palace is the home of the president of Madeira and it was the city’s first fortress, which includes a military museum.
Varadouros Gate was originally built in 1689.
Cathedral was consecrated in 1517.
Palace of Justice built in 1956.
Rua de Sant Maria is the street where art and community projects can be seen. Over 200 doors on this street are painted with evocative art. In feng shui doors are important because they attract and allow qi/chi to enter the house. So the more attractive door the better.
Farmers’s market is a great place to visit and flowers sellers are required to wear traditional costumes. I love visiting local markets which can be very informative of the local vibe or local chi/energy.
Embroidery is very popular in Madeira and you can boost your embroidery skills simply by attending a workshop.
Principality of Pontinha is where the founder of Madeira, Zarco landed in 1419.
Reid’s Palace hotel and the restaurant was a place where Winston Churchill wrote his memoise. Try a traditional Madeira cake ‘Bolo de Mel’.
Deep-sea scabbardfish (Aphanopus carbo) is the local fish to try (ideally at this tiny eatery, only accessible by the cable car). Drink fortified Madeira wine (17%) which was officially declared in 1455 and can last up to 200 years. You need to try the fruit from Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant).
Feng shui consultants in Funchal, Madeira
A quick Google search revealed that there are no feng shui consultants in Funchal, Madeira. But if you live in Funchal, Madeira and are looking for a feng shui consultant near you – with 30+ years of experience in feng shui and environmental psychology feel free to call/text me on +44 7956 288574 for a quote for feng shui consultation for your home or workplace. Although I live in London, I do remote feng shui consultations. Email me