Hilda Andrade


Bom Dia !

My name is Hilda Andrade and I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of a group of these amazing Levadeiros I was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada and my parents and husband are from Sao Miguel, Azores.

Portugal has always had a warm place in my heart! I am a grandmother to 3 boys, ages 15, 7 and 5 with a new addition expected this July. I am also a true supporter of animals and have 1 dog and Cockatiel.

My first visit to Madeira was for New Years Eve, 2015. It was a surprise 10 day trip I booked to celebrate my husbands “Special birthday”. I had watched New Years 2014 celebrations from Madeira on TV. I was amazed seeing the fireworks. It was then I made the decision to come here for this occasion. Growing up, I had always heard of Madeira and its unique warmth and hospitality, but what awaited us truly surprised me. Its raw beauty, freshness, gastronomy and her friendly inhabitants, truly made our holiday so amazing. Our New Years in Madeira is one I will never forget.

I enjoy taking pictures, am an avid cook and simply adore European architecture. Travel is my drug. As retirement is nearing, I am looking forward to returning to Madeira and perhaps spending some winters there. I love the contrast of the weather in Madeira; as it was beautiful and there is so much to see and do to keep one occupied. Madeira truly is an island for all levels of interest.

Madeira hosts amazing and unique festivals that have become world-wide known. I will be tweeting articles, pictures and restaurant recommendations, in hopes that it will inspire more people to travel there.

Welcome and stay a while …. come visit this magical place that even Christopher Columbus so loved! You will not regret this stop in the middle of the Atlantic!
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Sandra and Brian


We are based in the UK and made our first visit to Madeira 15 years ago. We wanted to visit for the flowers and the climate. We visited again in November 2006 and then in April 2009. This April 2009 visit was planned so that we could be in Madeira for the Annual Flower Festival in Funchal. Our last visit was in November 2015.

In England we enjoy visiting gardens and taking photographs when we are not organizing and attending Farmers Markets.

We have tried to include a mix of photos including some of landscapes, the flower festival, flowers, Christmas lights through to the painted doors of Old Funchal Town.

This reflects the type of subjects that we photograph normally. We are both members of a photographic club in the UK and have a genuine interest for locally produced items which has resulted in our involvement in farmers market in Kent for the last 17 years.
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John Starns



My name is John, I’m a photographer living in the UK.

My family have owned property in Madeira for over twenty years and I have holidayed on the island on a number of occasions and absolutely love being there.

During my week as Levadeiro of @Madeira I will be tweeting a number of beautiful views and aspects that illustrate the rich culture and abundant nature of on this beautiful destination.
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Legendary Travel DMC Madeira


We are a Destination Management Company based in Madeira Island, specialized in the organization and coordination of tour packages, guided walks, thematic tours and tailor made programs across Madeira archipelago for groups and individuals.

We are honored to be given the opportunity to curate the @Madeira Twitter account for a week. We will be tweeting recommendations of places to visit and things to do on Madeira Island, as well as answering any question you might have about our beautiful island.

Although Madeira Island is a small destination, we hope that with our tweets we can showcase its richness in the charms and delights that the island has to offer. It will be Legendary!!
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My name is Cristina and I am from Madeira. 5 years ago I had to leave to Lisbon so I could get my degree and now I am working on a ONG. Being far away from home made me realize how lucky I am to be Madeirense and how truly special and magical Madeira is.

I look forward to make people realize the magic of Madeira and share everything special it has.
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Dina Yates

Dina Yates


I am a theatre director and producer from the UK. My husband is british and I have 5 gorgeous children who I adore.

Both my parents are from Madeira and I was born in the beautiful town of Calheta. We emigrated to UK in the late 70’s.

The majesty of Madeira never ceases to leave me in awe and wanting to return year after year. I am addicted to photographing all the treasures Madeira has to offer, no 2 photographs have ever been the same and would like to share my family adventures in this beautiful island with you.
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Bom día!

My name is Aletta and I am born and raised in The Netherlands. I was born in 1965 in a town called Baarn, in the center of the country. In 2003 I moved to Ermelo, a village that is situated near the Veluwe, the largest natural and touristic region of Holland.

I like spending my time in the woods with my husband and my dog, an Australian Terrier. My hobbies are travelling, photography, spinning, step biking and music.

The picture in my bio was taken during my last visit to Madeira, at New Year’s day 2016 in Funchal. Love Madeira!

In December/January I visited the island of Madeira for the third time. I have really fallen in love with its beautiful nature and lovely people. I have several friends who live on the island and one friend who is born in Funchal, but lives in Lisbon. I also travelled to the coast of Lisbon and made a round trip through the center and the Alentejo. Love Portugal too!
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Jayne Deeley

Jayne Deeley


My name is Jayne and I am 33 years of age and live in the UK.

I visited Madeira in 2013 and 2015 and absolutely love the island!

My hobbies are art, photography and architecture – among other things – and Madeira was full of all of these, providing plenty of inspiration for art and craft ideas for me to do!

I will be tweeting recommendations of places to visit and things to do, also using some of the many photographs that I have taken during both visits to Madeira to showcase the beauty of the island.
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