Madeira Mix

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Archive for September, 2008




In an exclusive location overlooking the natural amphitheatre of Funchal the luxury development of Palheiro Village was officially inaugurated by the President of Madeira; Alberto João Jardim.

The village consists of: 8 T1 Apartments, 25 T2 Apartments, 2 T3 Apartments, 38 T3 Houses, 6 T4 Houses, 1 pool, 1 meeting room for the condominium and 2 fractions destined to become offices and stores.

A short stroll up the private road brings you to Madeira island’s amazing golf course – Palheiro Golf and the graceful 5 star Madeira country house hotel, Casa Velha do Palheiro.

The project has a central facilities building –  known as the Palheiro Village Forum -, which provides elegant and comfortable surroundings with a wonderful view over The Bay of Funchal. The Forum offers convenient meeting and reception space to individuals and groups for that special event, and also includes also a large swimming pool, childrens’ pool, pool bar, viewing deck and resident´s reception.

Palheiro Village Forum

 The beautiful hillside location makes it ideal for discerning property owners: quiet and peaceful with ocean views, yet within easy reach of Funchal city centre and the international airport. All property owners enjoy special concessions at the various facilities around Palheiro Estate, including the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel, the 18-hole Cabell Robinson golf course and use of the M.Y. Balancal motor yacht.

The choice of real estate includes large, individual villa plots close to the golf course and clubhouse, or Palheiro Village, a small, luxury development of apartments and villas.

For further information visit Palheiro Estate

Madeira island Sportfishing site award

Madeira Marlin – the big game fishing website of the M.Y. Balancal has been chosen as the ‘Site of the Day’ by the prestigious website ‘Best of Joomla‘.
Amazingly, this is the 4th site in just 4 weeks (and the only sites) to receive this award. Amazing because all 4 sites belong to the ‘Palheiro Estate‘ family of websites.

Madeira Marlin - Big Game Fishing

Madeira Marlin is one of Madeiras most successful sportfishing sites and features the latest news, vast image galleries and a selection of exciting movies.

Captain Anibal Fernandes is recognized as one of Madeira’s most experienced fisherman and now been the skipper of ‘Balancal‘ for almost five years. His unequaled experience at the helm, combined with the capabilities and equipment of the Balancal, provide her anglers with the best possible chance of success.

The site was chosen as the ‘site of the day‘  by ‘Best of Joomla‘ on the following criteria:
1. Design 40% – 2. Navigation 20% – 3. Content 20% – 4. Graphics 15% – 5. Personality 5%

The site was designed and developed by Joomla professionals ‘Navega Bem – Web Design

Madeira Island Web Sites get Awards

3 web sites from Madeira island have been awarded the prestigious ‘Site of the Day‘ accolade in the last month by ‘Best of Joomla‘. The #1 joomla templates, resources and extensions site.

During this 4 week period only 4 sites have been nominated so we are very pleased that 3 of those sites belong to companies on Madeira.

Sites are chosen on the following criteria and site visitors have no influence at all on the results.

1. Design 40%
2. Navigation 20%
3. Content 20%
4. Graphics 15%
5. Personality 5%

The sites that have received the award are:

Palheiro Estate

Palheiro Estate

Palheiro Golf

Palheiro Golf

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Casa Velha do Palheiro

It is pure coincidence that all 3 sites belong to the Palheiro Estate Group, but certainly a welcome accolade that will help draw more attention to our beautiful subtropical paradise – Madeira island.
The sites were developed by NavegaBem – Web Design

The month of August has now rolled by, and we can say for certain that this year has seen some remarkable changes to the previous Madeira Big Game Fishing seasons.

The most positive development this season has been the steady blue marlin bite in August.  There has been some good white marlin fishing in August in previous years, but in most seasons blue marlin have been relatively scarce in this part of the season.  This year there were pretty consistent strikes and hookups from blue marlin throughout the month.  Most of the fish encountered seemed to be in the 400 to 500 lb bracket, but some larger fish did turn up.

See our Madeira sportfishing photo gallery

Also significant was the continued presence of bigeye tuna throughout August. Last year there were decent numbers of tuna but most of the fish were relatively small, although still very welcome. This year the bigeyes have been sighted fairly consistently since the second week in July and are still continuing to be seen.  They have been feeding on the surface for only a short time and have been very difficult to get to in time, with only a handful hooked and fought compared to the numbers seen.  However the presence of these powerful fish, with the majority of those being sighted being in the 70-80kg class with larger individuals weighing up to over 200 pounds, is a very positive sign.

Looking forward into September, the results of the last several years have tended to see a trickle of blue marlin in the very last of August and the first half of September. This little run of fish was seldom fished for in the past because many area skippers preferred to target wahoo, but has yielded some noteworthy captures including one of the Balancal’s largest blue marlin which Captain Anibal released in mid-September of 2004. Last season produced an unusual number of fish for the very limited fishing effort that took place in September, with fish showing up as late as October. We have a number of available dates in the next two months and hope to be able to find enough anglers to rack up some more blue flags before the season winds down.

On the inshore grounds, wahoo will start to make an appearance, and reef fishing for the variety of jacks, breams, groupers and the prized Madeiran red snapper known as pargo, is generally consistent for both bait fishing and jigging enthusiasts.