Where in the World: Madeira

2015-10-04T23:14:48+00:0011 January 2012|Islands, Madeira, Madeira, Quirky corners, Where in the world|

We haven’t had a travel quiz for quite a while. Today is Wednesday, so why not…?

Where in the World?

Where in the world is this interesting and colourful house?

Think you know this week’s mystery location? A winner will be selected among those who give the correct answer. She/he will get a mention here on Where in the World and on Sophie’s World’s facebook page. I’ll provide a few hints before Friday.

1. This is a traditional home in this area on this island.
2. The island is an autonomous region of a European country, one of the outermost regions of the EU.

Moderation is switched on, so don’t worry about giving away the answer if you know it. All comments will be published simultaneously on Friday. So go on, have a guess!

For more fun travel photos, go on over to Budget Travelers Sandbox.and DeliciousBaby.


Update 14 January: Mystery location revealed
This is a traditional farmer’s house in the Santana district on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an autonomous region of Portugal, and is, together with the Azores, one of the outermost regions of the European Union. Madeira is a beautiful volcanic island with rivers, valleys and rugged mountains. You may have heard of Madeira wine. The island is also famous for organising the world’s largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show (officially recognized by Guinness World Records, no less) – and for the most stunning array of flowers.

Thanks for playing, everyone! Mette of ItalianNotes, Jarmo of Arctic Nomad, Ricardo Pais, Robert, Jessica of Suitcases and Sippy Cups and Don Faust of C Around the World all knew.

Among the right answers, Robert’s was the most correct and wins this little quiz. Robert does not have a website or a blog. He is simply a guy who likes to travel – and to read about travelling. How cool is that! Congratulations, Robert!

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  1. ItalianNotes 11 January 2012 at 1335 - Reply

    I have the pleasure of writing travel features for a Danish newspaper, and I remember describing these queer little houses – or some quite like them – in a piece on Madeira. So that would be my guess..

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 1933 - Reply

      Absolutely right, Mette 🙂

  2. Anna 11 January 2012 at 1749 - Reply

    What about Island? Or north Scotland?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 2038 - Reply

      Bit further south in the Atlantic, Anna.

  3. Denise 12 January 2012 at 1225 - Reply

    I really have no idea…once again

  4. Vi 12 January 2012 at 1245 - Reply

    May be in some Pacific Island?

  5. RyukyuMike 12 January 2012 at 1338 - Reply

    It beats me but, sure is a pretty place !

  6. Laurel 12 January 2012 at 1511 - Reply

    I have no idea, but am looking forward to finding out. It’s so cute!

  7. InsideJourneys 12 January 2012 at 1540 - Reply

    Hey Sophie, wish I knew. It’s charming and beautiful. Looks like a child’s play house.

  8. Jarmo 12 January 2012 at 1544 - Reply

    Oh, I know, I know. It’s Santana!

    Alright, I cheated, I googled it! but that was allowed right 😉

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 1923 - Reply

      That’s right, Jarmo 🙂

  9. Cindy 12 January 2012 at 1731 - Reply

    This could be found maybe in New Zealand, I guess:)

  10. Leigh 12 January 2012 at 1843 - Reply

    No idea where it is – but I’ll say northern Norway as a semi educated guess.

  11. Michael Figueiredo 12 January 2012 at 2044 - Reply

    Hmmmm… I’m going to guess somewhere in Norway, but I don’t know which island.

  12. Ricardo Pais 12 January 2012 at 2337 - Reply

    Madeira, Portugal

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 1928 - Reply

      Well done, Ricardo!

  13. Robert 12 January 2012 at 2357 - Reply

    I’ve seen those houses. They’re in a small town called Santana on the beautiful island of Madeira.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 1928 - Reply

      Very good, Robert! You got everything right and is the winner 🙂

  14. Emilia 13 January 2012 at 1043 - Reply

    New Zealand – maybe? 😀

  15. Anwar 13 January 2012 at 1414 - Reply

    Is it Greenland? I was thinking that or possibly the Faroe Island…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 2034 - Reply

      Same ocean. Only further south 🙂

  16. Andrew Graeme Gould 13 January 2012 at 1505 - Reply

    I would have said a Scandinavian country, and as you say that it’s in an autonomous region and on an island, I’ll go for the Faroe Islands.

  17. Lisa 13 January 2012 at 2037 - Reply

    Such a cool house but I have no idea where it is! The colours make me think Norway but really I’m clueless!

  18. Jessica 13 January 2012 at 2205 - Reply

    It’s Madeira Island off the coast of Portugal, I think. A similar pictures is in one of my kids’ geography books.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 1932 - Reply

      Excellent, Jessica. And I love the reason you know!

  19. Don Faust 14 January 2012 at 0330 - Reply

    I saw something like this on the Travel Channel or some other show a long time ago. I don’t remember the name of the place at all, but I remember the look of the houses, and it’s part of Portugal somewhere… I think.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 at 1930 - Reply

      Good memory, Don! It’s on the island of Madeira, an autonomous part of Portugal.

  20. Nancie 14 January 2012 at 1548 - Reply

    No idea, but I like the colors!

  21. Thomas 19 January 2012 at 2239 - Reply

    These beautiful wooden coloured houses are in the portuguese island of Madeira. these houses are basically used by elderly women where they do their esquisite embroideries and gossip, whilst the local men often watch footbal in the local taverns and cafes…
    The blossoming Madeira island really deserves to be named the pearl of the Atlantic

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 January 2012 at 1311 - Reply

      Thanks for that additional info, Thomas. It’s been a long time since I was in Madeira, but I remember it was extraordinarily beautiful.

  22. Andrew Graeme Gould 22 January 2012 at 0513 - Reply

    Didn’t get it, but it was fun, Sophie!

    Good night from Santiago…

  23. Clara C 30 January 2012 at 2314 - Reply

    Santana is just one of the many treasuries of the Madeira Island. I just love it!!!!

  24. Jennifer 4 September 2014 at 1400 - Reply

    I’m traveling in Portugal now and hearing more about Madeira. I love your picture. Maybe I need to consider taking a trip. Thanks for sharing!

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