Gastronomic Specialties of Madeira

Gastronomic Specialties of Madeira

Madeira Island also known as the Pearl of the Atlantic has many attractions, namely it’s breathtaking views, the wonderful Nature, the well-known Laurel Forest (Laurissilva Forest), levadas and walks, its culture and traditions. However, Madeira and Porto Santo Islands are also known for its magnificent gastronomy. There are many places where you can go and taste the typical regional dishes. The most famous and appreciated dishes are the “espetada” (beef grilled on a spit of laurel), the “carne de vinho e alhos” (pork spiced with wine and garlic), the “cozido madeirense” (a dish with boiled chicken, pork, spiced with wine and garlic), the tuna steak with fried corn, the scabbard fish and the “bolo do caco” a typical bread made with wheat flour. Madeira and Porto Santo Islands have a rich variety of cakes and pastry, which are worth of mention. The most typical sweets are the Madeiran “Bolo de Mel” (honey cake), made of sugar cane molasses, “broas de mel” (sugar cane molasses biscuits), “queijadas” a small cake made of cottage cheese “requeijão”, sugar and eggs and chocolate cake. Madeira has some typical drinks, namely the world-renowned Madeira Wine; “Nikita”, a popular drink in Câmara de Lobos which is made of white wine, pinaple, vanilla ice cream and sugar; “Poncha” made of sugar cane rum, sugar cane honey and lemon juice. This drink is typical of Christmas season. Other typical madeiran drinks are “Pé de Cabra” which is a mixture of dry wine with black beer, sugar and lemon and powder chocolate and liqueurs. Madeira Rural has plenty accommodations for you. Stay in our accommodations and have a wonderful holiday. Madeira and Porto Santo will be pleased to welcome you on the island.

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