Madeira island news and views.
The 2014 official calendar of events for the Madeira Island is as follows. Beware that some dates may change.
26h February to 5th March – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
1st March– Great Allegoric Carnival Parade
4th March – Slapstick Parade
Madeira Flower Festival
1st to 7th May – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
3rd May – The Wall of Hope Ceremony
4th May – Great Allegoric Flower Parade
Madeira Island Open (PGA European Tour)
8th to 11th May
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June – Music and Fireworks Display
XXVII Classic Car Rally
June (date to be confirmed)
Madeira Wine Rally
31st July to 2nd August (dates to be confirmed)
Madeira Wine Festival
31st August to 7th September – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
6th September – Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos.
Columbus Festival – Porto Santo Island
18th to 20th September
Madeira Nature Festival
6th to 12th October
End of the Year Madeira Festivities
1st December – Beginning of the Illuminations in Downtown Funchal
8th December to 6th January, 2015- General Illumination of Funchal Amphitheatre
12th December to 6th January, 2015 – Christmas Decorations and Exhibitions in downtown Funchal
31st December – New Year’s Eve Firework Display
O calendário oficial de eventos para 2014 na Ilha da Madeira é o que se segue. Atenção que podem eventualmente surgir alterações às datas.
Festas de Carnaval
26 de fevereiro a 5 de março – Animação diversa na baixa da cidade do Funchal
1 de março – Grande Cortejo Alegórico
4 de março – Cortejo Trapalhão
Festa da Flor da Madeira
1 a 7 de maio – Exposições e Animação diversa na baixa da cidade do Funchal
3 de maio – Cerimónia do Muro da Esperança
4 de maio – Grande Cortejo Alegórico
Madeira Island Open (Main Tour da PGA European Tour)
8 a 11 de maio
Festival do Atlântico - Espectáculos de Música e Fogo de Artifício
7, 14, 21 e 28 de junho
XXVIIª Volta à Madeira – Classic Rally
junho (data a designar)
Rali Vinho da Madeira
31 de julho a 2 de agosto (dias a confirmar)
Festa do Vinho da Madeira
31 de agosto a 7 de setembro – Animação diversa na baixa da cidade do Funchal
6 de setembro – Vindima ao Vivo no Estreito de Câmara de Lobos.
Festival de Colombo – Porto Santo
18 a 20 de setembro
Festival da Natureza da Madeira
6 a 12 de outubro
Festas do Fim-do-Ano
1 de dezembro – Início parcial das iluminações Decorativas no Funchal
8 de dezembro a 6 de janeiro de 2015 – Iluminação geral das iluminações Decorativas no Funchal
12 de dezembro a 6 de janeiro de 2015 – Exposições Natalícias na baixa da cidade do Funchal
31 de dezembro – Espectáculo de Fogo de Artifício
Die 2014 offizielle Veranstaltungskalender für die Insel Madeira ist wie folgt. Beachten Sie, dass einige Daten können sich ändern.
vom 26. Februar bis 5. Märs– Veranstaltungen im Stadtzentrum
1. Märs– Karnevalsumzug
4. Märs –Narrenumzug
von 1. bis 7. Mai – Veranstaltungen im Stadtzentrum
3. Mai – Mauer der Honung Zeremonie
4. Mai – Der große Blumenumzüge
Golfturnier Madeira Island Open (PGA European Tour)
8. bis 11. Mai
Atlantik – Festival
7., 14., 21. und 28. Juni – Musikkonzerte und Feuerwerk
27. Madeira Oldtimer Ründfahrt Rally
Juni (zeitpünkt nicht bestätigt)
Rallye Vinho da Madeira
von 31. Juli bis 2. August (zeitpünkt nicht bestätigt)
Madeira Wein Rally
vom 31.August bis 7. September – Veranstaltungen im Stadtzentrum
6. September – “Live” Weinernte in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos
Kolumbus Festival – Porto Santo
von 18. bis 20. September
Madeira Natur Fest
von 6. bis 12. Oktober
von 1. Dezember – Beginn der Festbeleuchtung im Stadtzentrum
von 8. Dezember bis 6. Januar, 2015- Beleuchtung des Amphitheaters von Funchal
von 12. December bis 6. Januar,2015 – Weihnachtsausstellungen im Stadtzentrum
31. Dezember – Silvesterfeuerwerk
Photos and information by Madeira Tourism – http://www.visitmadeira.pt/
Monte Palace Tropical Garden in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal is one of most beautiful botanical gardens around the world according to Conde Nast Traveler
Madeira em destaque no porta The Foody Traveller / – “Madeira – The Island with Flower Power”
More information about this at http://www.foodytraveller.com/features/europe/287-madeira-the-island-with-flower-power
Palheiro Golf, Madeira Island celebrates 20 years.
In 2013 Palheiro Golf in Madeira Island will be celebrating its 20th year.
For this special year Palheiro Golf has put together a fun program for both visitors and members.
The program starts in April 2013 and comprises of:
Tournaments, Memorabilia, Special Packages and promotions.
As part of the promotions and Palheiro’s ‘grow the game’ philosophy, they will be offering ‘Twenty Free Memberships for 20 year olds’ as well as other unique prizes including a prize for the 20,000 player during the year.
With the help of collaborators over the last 20 years Palheiro golf has put together a collection of memorabilia. Here you will find some fun photos including some of our more famous visitors including Prince Edward, Ronaldo and Sir Bobby Robson.
There will also be stay and play packages at our luxury hotel or at our stunning self-catering villas and apartments with views over the bay of Funchal.
For further general information please check the dedicated section of the website
For further press information please contact:
Rua do Balancal, nº 29
9060-414 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 120
F. +351 291 792 456
O Palheiro Golf, na ilha da Madeira, celebra 20 anos.
Em 2013 o Palheiro Golf, na ilha da Madeira celebra o seu 20º aniversário.
Neste ano especial o Palheiro Golf preparou um programa divertido tanto para visitas como para sócios.
O programa começa em Abril de 2013 e inclui:
Torneios, Recordações, Pacotes Especiais e promoções.
Incluídos nas promoções, e em linha com a sua filosofia “nutrir o golfe”, serão oferecidas vinte pacotes de sócio a vinte jovens que completem 20 anos no mesmo ano (‘Twenty Free Memberships for 20 year olds’) bem como outros prémios inéditos, incluindo um para o jogador que fizer a 20.000ª volta durante este ano (20,000 player during the year).
Com a ajuda dos seus colaboradores dos últimos 20 anos, o Palheiro Golf juntou uma colecção de recordações (memorabilia). Veja as fotos engraçadas que temos, incluindo algumas das nossas visitas mais ilustres, tais como o Principe Edward, Cristiano Ronaldo e Sir Bobby Robson.
Temos também pacotes de alojamento com greenfees stay and play packages na nossa estalagem de luxo ou nas moradias e apartamentos do nosso aldeamento com vistas maravilhosas sobre a a baía do Funchal.
Para mais informações generalizadas, é favor visitar a secção específica do nosso website
Para informações de imprensa é favor contactar:
Rua do Balancal, nº 29
9060-414 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 120
F. +351 291 792 456
Madeira Flower Festival 2013
Madeira Flower Festival 2013 – 9th to15th May
Madeira Flower Festival, that takes place every year in the spring.
Children’s Parade (Wall of Hope Ceremony) – The magic of this event starts on Saturday morning, with the Children’s Parade, on which, hundreds of children dressed for the occasion dishallow to the Municipio Square where, a beautiful flower mural is built, symbolically named “the Wall of Hope” (Muro da Esperança).
On Sunday afternoon, the streets of downtown Funchal will be filled with music, colour and soft aromas, through the sumptuous parade comprised by several floats, which harmoniously combine numerous flower species with blooming decorations full of creativity.
Flower Festival History
The Flower Festival had its origins in the Rose Cotillion, which comprised an exhibition / competition of flowers that took place in 1954, at Ateneu Comercial do Funchal. The success of the happening was so huge, that, in the following years this event had a change of name to Flower Festival.
Read More: http://www.visitmadeira.pt
From 1979 onwards, with the purpose of adding value to the exhibition from Ateneu Comercial and give a new impetus to the regional tourism entertainment calendar, the Madeira Tourism Board begins to comprise in the festival calendar the other street manifestations, namely the wall of hope ceremony, the flower parade, the floral competitions – shop window and blooming gardens – and musical displays.
The island attracts thousands of people to events like the Festival of Flowers in the spring and the New Year’s Eve party with the largest fireworks show in the world.
Casa Velha do Palheiro and Spa this hotel is a graceful luxury 5 star Golf resort with 37 luxurious rooms and a full Spa.
Leisure facilities in the Hotel
Facilities at Casa Velha
• Morning room / Library
• Lounge / Bar
• Sitting room
• Games Room
• Meeting Room / TV Room
• Free WiFi in public areas and garden
• No charge for incoming faxes
• 7 day In-house laundry service
• Dry cleaning (next day service)
• Wake up service
• Multi-lingual hotel personnel
• Medical Doctor on call
• Private Parking
• Golf Adjacent to Palheiro Golf Course
• Palheiro Gardens Free entrance on weekdays
• Big Game Fishing
• Sauna – no charge
• Steam room – no charge
• Fitness room – no charge
• Outdoor and indoor Swimming-pools
• Badminton, Croquet, Table tennis
• Card table and Board games
• All weather tennis court – floodlit
Wellness & Spa
• Spa Sauna Facilities
• Spa Treatments
• Caci Ultra Non Surgical Face-Lift
• Spa Packages
• Fitness Facilities
• Spa Sauna Facilities
• Spa Pools ( Outdoor Swimming Pool / Indoor Swimming Pool)
• The Conservatory Bar
With a permanent spring-like climate Madeira is the perfect holiday destination for golf lovers all year round.
Situated close to the famous gardens of Quinta do Palheiro, which date back to the beginning of the nineteenth century and are famous for their wide range of exotic flora, the Palheiro course offers fabulous views over Funchal bay, the sea and the Ilhas Desertas in the distance.
The par-72 course was designed by the architect Cabell Robinson, a former assistant of Robert Trent Jones, who had already done work in Portugal and took care to make the most of the hills, mountain peaks and deep valleys that are a typical feature of the Madeira landscape, in order to provide golfers with an exciting and competitive round.
At the Palheiro course, there are five par-3, nine par-4 and four par-5 holes, including the final hole which leads up to the beautiful clubhouse, built in the Madeira style and offering golfers the chance to relax and enjoy the unforgettable panoramic view over the city of Funchal.
Stay & Play in Madeira
Great packages available at 5 star Hotel Casa Velha and Palheiro Village self catering villas and apartments.
Madeira island a holiday with so much to offer!
Madeira Island is known as the Pearl of the Atlantic, the floating Garden. Madeira welcomes you…
As a frequent visitor I find that March, April and May are the most colourful times to visit the Palheiro gardens.
Camellias and sea of Arum lilies and Nasturtiums growing wild greet you along the entrance drive studded with Plane trees and old Oaks.
The orange pincushion Proteas and pink Judas trees are flowering in the Main garden whilst the bright red Captain Rawes reticulata Camellia signals the peak of another Camellia season . Rhododendrons, wild Freesias and mauve Moschosma mix with the rare Clematis grandiflora which is also in flower .
The spectacular red Telopeas from Western Australia are flowering above the Chapel and red Tritonias grow alongside the lowest pond below near the giant Auracarias.
White and blue Wisteria, Delphiniums, Californian poppies, Sweet Peas and a myriad of other annuals vie for attention in the Lower garden. Time also for the beautiful Cantua buxifolia with its red long trumpets and blue Echium candicans or Pride of Madeira below the lily ponds near the Tea house.
The Roses add a splash of colour in the walled Rose garden created several years ago though their main flowering time is yet to come.
April 19th, Thursday
Performances by local folk dancing groups, background music and floral decorations in down town Funchal (until
3pm – 8pm – Performances by the Camacha Cultural and Recreational Association
Flower Market – Flower Sculptures – Arriaga Avenue, opposite the Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and
Transports (Tourism Office)
Floral Carpets –Arriaga Avenue central squares (Cathedral, Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre and “Loja do Cidadão”)
57th Flower Exhibition at Restoration Square (Largo da Restauração) – Organized by the Regional Secretariat
for the Environment and Natural Resources
Artistic project “The Butterfly and the Paradox Violet” – Sculpture on display in the northern garden of the Saint
Lawrence (São Lourenço) Palace
“Madeira Embroidery inspired by Flowers” – Organized by the Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicraft Institute
(IVBAM) – Arriaga Avenue central squares, opposite the Municipal Garden
9 pm – Ballet: “Russian Seasons in Madeira” by “Paladar à Música” – Madeira Congress Centre
April 20th, Friday
10 am – 3pm – Performance by the Camacha Cultural and Recreational Association
3pm – 8pm – Performance by the Boa Nova Ethnographic and Folklore Group
9pm – Ballet: “Russian Seasons in Madeira” by “Paladar à Música” – Madeira Congress Centre
April 21st, Saturday
Children’s Procession and the Wall of Hope Ceremony
9 am – Children gathering at Arriaga Avenue, opposite the Municipal Garden
10 am – Children’s Parade
Itinerary: Arriaga Avenue, Zarco Avenue, (Rua) Câmara Pestana Street and Municipal Square
11am – Symbolic construction of the Wall of Hope at the Municipal Square:
- Pigeon’s release and live show for children by an entertainment group.
3 pm – 8 pm – Performance by the Jardim da Serra Folklore Group
Reid’s Palace Classic Auto Show – Estrada Monumental between restaurant Vila Cipriani and Peace Square (Largo
Golf Tournament – Santo da Serra Golf Course
8 pm – “Madeira in Bloom” Ball – Pestana Casino Park Hotel
April 22nd, Sunday
10am – 3 pm – Performance by the Camacha Cultural and Recreational Association
4 pm – Flower Festival Parade
Groups/themes in order of appearance:
- “Madeira – Europe’s Jewellery Box” – João Egídio Rodrigues
- “Dolls – Flowers of Madeira” – Escola de Samba Caneca Furada
- “Enchanting Flowers” – Associação de Animação Geringonça
- “From the Sea to the Island of Flowers” – Fábrica de Sonhos
- “Memoires and Traditions go hand in hand with Flowers” – Turma do Funil
- “Madeira, the Masterpiece” – Associação Fura Samba
- “Eleven Colourful Municipalities” – Bairro da Argentina Sports, Cultural and recreational Association
- “Disco” – Chico & Companhia
- “Glorious” – Isabel Borges
Itinerary: Departure from Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses (south lane), Francisco Sá Carneiro
roundabout, Francisco Sá Carneiro Avenue (south lane) until the Sea Square (Praça do Mar).
April 23rd, Monday
10 am – 3 pm – Performance by the Monteverde Folklore Group
3 pm – 8pm – Performance by the Boa Nova Folklore and Ethnographic Group
April 24th, Tuesday
10 am – 3pm – Performance by the Monteverde Folklore Group
April 25th, Wednesday
11 am – 4pm – Performance by the Casa do Povo da Camacha Folklore Group
Once again Florialis won 1st prize for best Orchid Flower & 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes for best Protea & Similar Flowers at the 56 th Annual Flower Festival this year that took place during the 5th to the 11th of May in Funchal.
Most of the car floats that paraded the Funchal Centre Streets on the Sunny afteronon of Sunday May the 8th, carried Thousands of Florialis Flowers contributing to yet another succesfull display of Madeira’s Beautifull Flora & Joyfull Children.