Interview with Gabriel da Silva

Name: Gabriel da Silva (Facebook)

Tell us what you do for a living and do you travel a lot (or not).
I own a restaurant in Santa, Porto Moniz called Churrascaria da Santa. I used to travel a lot but now not so much.

Can you describe Madeira in just only one word?
Breath taking!!

Do you consider Madeira as your home? How long have you been living there?
Madeira is my Home, I was born here but until August 2012 I lived in the UK and previous to that I lived in SA

What are the three best reasons to include Madeira on a travel list?
There are many reasons to include Madeira in a travel list but one of the best is the moderate climate all year round. Another is the fantastic scenery coupled with pure, crisp fresh air.

Funchal - Photo by Don Amaro
Funchal – Photo by Don Amaro

When is the best season to visit Madeira Island?
It depends on what you like, in summer as you might expect, another benefit of visiting Madeira in summer is the cultural/religious celebrations all over the Island. In December you get to see thousands and thousands of light bulbs illuminating out beautiful capital Funchal and not to mention the amazing New Year fireworks display every year.

Tell us about your most favorite and also the least favorite thing about Madeira.
I love the fresh air of the mountains and my least favorite things can be the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Lets talk about food: what is your favorite Madeiran food and that you would suggest everyone should try?
One word: Espetada!!! You have to try it done in the traditional way with bay leaf tree spits!!

What is the first thing you recommend people to do when they arrive in Madeira?
“Adopt” a local, most young people speak English, and they may show you the best places to visit.

Where do you recommend to go for a day trip on Madeira Island?
The north of the Island, mostly unspoiled by progress, so you can enjoy a relaxing day trip.

What is the most famous landmark? And which one is your favorite?
I can`t say that I know of the most famous landmark.

Espetada - Photo by Don Amaro
Espetada – Photo by Don Amaro

Do you have a place on the island where you feel most comfortable, or had the most fun? Where’s your secret hangout place on Madeira?
My favorite place to hang out is in Fonte do Bispo with friends doing my favorite Espetada!!

What do you think of the locals/people from Madeira?
Being a local i`ll have to say that they are great, friendly and helpful.

Do you know an ‘off-the-beaten path’ place in Madeira? Tell us which one.
I`ve been living away for the last 25 years so I can`t say I know of an ”unbeaten path”!

Any other thing(s) about Madeira that travelers should know?
Tip well!!

We love souvenirs! Which one would you suggest us to buy in Madeira Island?
I suggest you buy handmade embroidery and by doing so you are supporting local industry.