Last update: August 2023
Autonomous Region of Madeira
Gastronomy and Good Wines
Land of Fishermen, the Madeira Archipelago
has a varied gastronomy
based on fish, shellfish and seafood
. Meats are also
prepared to satisfy all tastes, as is the case with Espetada
one of the most popular specialties among Madeirans.
Espetada typical of Madeira Island, Portugal © Madeira Enogastronomic Brotherhood, illustration
, in addition to the abundance of fish
, this is the land
the famous Espetada
(like a generous meat skewer) and
of good soups.
There are many fish
found in Madeira
. However, one of the most typical is the
famous black swordfish from Madeira
"In the middle of the Atlantic, the archipelago's fish and shellfish are tasty and traditionally cooked,
such as black scabbardfish fillets or tuna steaks, served with crispy corn
fried. Or delicious octopus and seafood, starting with limpets, snails and many others" [Visit Portugal].
Find out more: Fish in Madeira Kitchen
"In terms of meat, the most traditional dish is the famous beef skewer on a laurel stick,
which gives it an unmistakable flavor. Homemade couscous is also very popular,
wheat soup, and garlic meat" [Visit Portugal].
Find out more: The Meat in Madeira Kitchen
Madeira Cuisine, Madeira Archipelago,Portugal © Internet, illustration
Soups also deserve a separate chapter. From popular and traditional soups -
cabbage soup, watercress soup, fish soup - even the most sophisticated ones found
Find out more: Madeira Cuisine Soups
Some Madeira Specialties
In addition to the very traditional Espetada de Vaca
, other specialties that
visitors must try are: Madeira-style black scabbard fish
, scabbard fillets,
Madeiran stew, octopus and minced meat, to name just a few of the best known dishes
of Madeira cuisine
Find out more: Madeira Specialties
The capital of the Madeira Archipelago
, historic city and great center
tourist destination in Portugal, is the fourth most visited city in the country.
According to the report recently published by Bloom Consulting, the fourth place,
considering its variables and including the overseas archipelagos, it is the city of
Funchal, on the island of Madeira
, behind only Lisbon, Porto and Cascais
is an island in the Madeira Archipelago
, famous for its incredible beaches and for
to be, since 2020, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
The municipality of Porto Santo
occupies the entire area of this island, whose capital is
city of Vila Baleira
is home to some of the most incredible beaches in Europe, which is why
which is why it is a great tourist destination.
Learn more: Porto Santo, Madeira
Madeira Wine, Madeira Archipelago, Portugal © Internet, illustration
One of the best-known wines in the world, Madeira Wine
, enjoyed both as an aperitif
and as a digestif, it is the great ambassador of this region of Portugal.
Learn more: Madeira Wines
Lovers of good food will have many opportunities to taste the typical snacks and specialties
of the varied and traditional cuisine of Madeira.
Learn more: Madeira Cuisine
Madeira Island, Land of Sugar, has a world of sweets and desserts to discover. The highlight,
in this chapter see below are the delicacies made with sugar cane honey:
"The sugar cane honey
, a product made from the sugar cane in the region
is a great ally of Madeiran sweets
. Through it, many recipes gain a
very own. The honey cake
and the honey scones
will probably be
the best known Madeiran sweets" [Visit Madeira].
Madeira Sweets, Madeira Archipelago,Portugal © Visit Madeira, illustration
Confectionery and Desserts
as in Mainland Portugal
, sweets are plentiful and varied.
One of the highlights is the popular Bolo do Caco
"The bolo do caco
cannot be missing. But this is not a cake, but a bread baked on a piece of
of tile, which usually accompanies the kebab with garlic butter
. Also with sweet potato
makes bread in Madeira
: the appetizing sweet potato rosquilhas
. The Queijadas
are also very popular" [Visit Portugal].