Janneke Kaim

Janneke Kaim


I am Janneke Kaim, 32 years old and I live in the Netherlands, in a beautiful area close to Amsterdam. I am working as a social media manager, I am married to Peter and we have four cats. I love to make a long walk in nature, to sport in the swimming pool or outdoors, listen to music and watching detective series.

I visited Madeira in 2006 for the first time with my parents-in-law. I was very impressed by the beauty of the island and after that, Peter and I visited Madeira another three times to make several hikes. I can’t wait to visit it again and explore more beautiful places over there.

I would love to show the hikes we made along levada’s and in the mountains. I am really excited to be a ‘levadeiro’ because I have plenty of pictures and tips about the island to share.

But… be careful, my enthusiasm is contagious. I bet you will fall in love with Madeira too after reading my tweets and seeing my pictures!
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Nick Riley

Nick Riley

My name is Nick Riley (Nicholas John Riley – but only when I’m being told off!!)

I am a Landscape Architect from the UK – won an RHS Chelsea Gold Medal in 2014 with my friend John Everiss – I raised the £46k we needed to do the garden and the sustainability plan for its reuse.

I am here on holiday with my family and in laws for 7 days – was worried it might be like the film Cocoon, but happy to say it isn’t!! Day 1 and I’ve organised MYB ride with some crazy dudes on Monday – slightly worried ???? I will struggle !

My wife is Anj, generally happy when I am away from her ????.

We all love travel as a family and adventure makes it perfect- I generally don’t like working on the rain and miserable NW of the UK !!

I love classic cars and have restored 3 Morris minors, a Triumph Spitfire and watched my Dad achieve his greatest triumph, restoring his Riley 9 Monaco – picture attached – his second best achievement ! ( Mum had me didn’t she, but Dad had to sell his MG A , so perhaps not!!)

Anything else you need to know – oh yes, football is for overpaid prima donners!!
CR7 Postcode , funnily we live at PR7 – Chorley, Lancashire, UK. Near to great MTB country and a famous few soccer clubs!!
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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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