About Me

I am Tobi Hughes and moved from London to Madeira with my partner in 2005. I love the island, its climate and friendly social atmosphere.

Welcome to my blog. Madeira’s best news blog in English. For other languages the “translate this site” function is quite good.

The blog provides you with all you need to know about Madeira – news, events, photos, videos and so much more. Once in a while I am also sharing fun posts and you can take part my little competitions like “Where am I Wednesday”. Or send me a photo of any place on Madeira for my “Friday Foto” post.

Please feel free to contact me directly to share your news. I am happy to share anything that has to do with Madeira. The more information we share the better the blog becomes.

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My new project: I started www.madeiraislandclassifieds.com where local businesses can promote their services or products. The profit from the site will go 100 percent to two charities – the Food Bank in Madeira and a Animal Charity on the North coast of the island. The latter I already support a lot.

How can you get involved? Support one of your favorite places or companies on the island. The grows of the site will help others. And you all know Covid paid a heavy toll on many businesses in the tourism sector.


Some tips on using my blog

VISIT MY BLOG. The most questions I get asked are “How do I see people’s comments?”, “Where are the Pages for Properties?”

This is very easy to find, you need to click through to my blog to see it. Many of you who subscribed will get my blog posts by email, but it is best just to click through to my blog to read the posts and comments people leave. It also helps me tracking page views. If you read the post in your email, that will not count as a page visit.

I have over 3,500 subscribers and around 500,000 views a month.

SUBSCRIBE. To subscribe to my blog there is a box on the bottom of the home page. Just enter your email address and click the subscribe button. You will then get an email to confirm you have signed up. Just verify this and you will receive updates to your email inbox. I do not use or pass on your email address to a third-party.

COMMENTS. If you have subscribed you will get the blog post to your email account, but please click through to my blog as this helps with page views and gives me an idea on how many people look at my blog each day.

By clicking through to my site you will see the comments others left below each post which might be beneficial for you as well.

Please leave your own comment. I read all of them and if you have a question I will answer as well.

CAR HIRE. I always get asked about car hire. I have a search engine for this, and this will give you the best price. Keep in mind Madeira is very hilly.

If there are 4 people sharing a car I recommend to go for one with at least a 1.3 engine. Click here to access the site.

50 TIPS FOR MADEIRA. I have a list of 50 tips and things to do in Madeira. These are my own personal information from living nearly 20 years in Madeira. If you would like a copy just contact me at madeiraislandnews@gmail.com and let me know what information you are looking for.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS Please take a look at my blog sponsors and Partners. I very much recommend these people and some give great discounts and other offers for you to enjoy your stay. I hope they make your stay more enjoyable in Madeira, as well as helping your vacation budget along the way. Discounts of up to 20 percent. I am not taking a commission, so you benefit 100 percent.

ADVERTISE. If you wish to advertise your business, property or any event coming up on my blog please contact me for prices. A sponsored pinned post is also available.

HELP. If you need any help or information about Madeira I am happy to help and aim to reply to your email within a few hours. Just email me at madeiraislandnews@gmail.com


If you would like to support my blog or have found any of

the information useful and would like to send a tip please do so with the PayPal donate button right next to this text. I thank each and everyone of you for all of your support.

I also help a few charities e.g., taking care of unwanted animals – dogs and cats. You can also donate – just let me know or donate money via my Paypal account. Mention Animal Charity or Food Bank so I know who should benefit from your donation.

You can also support me this way:  www.buymeacoffee.com/Chinesa

Or you can support on Patreon monthly or yearly. If you pay yearly you save 16% which is 2 months free. I share a lot of information about my life in Madeira, what we are up to and Levada walks. I share over 40 of our favorite places to eat and drink, which I highly recommend, plus a monthly raffle where you can win a prize. Three prizes are up each month. The lowest tier – one entry per month and the highest tier – 15 entries per month.