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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Relais & Chateaux, Casa Velha do Palheiro invites you to join us on a gastronomic journey. On the 24th and 25th of October Casa Velha do Palheiro will be hosting its annual Gastronomic weekend.  The guest chef this year will be Vincent Farges who is the Executive chef at Fortaleza do Guincho situated in Cascais.

After completing his education in France, Vincent worked in some of the best French restaurants to join the select team Buerehiesel with Chef Antoine Westermann, who would later inaugurate the Fortaleza do Guincho in 1998. In Morocco, where he remained for four years, he opened and was responsible for the restaurant La Bavaroise (Casablanca). In Greece, where he later settled, he inaugurated the Hotel Grande Bretagne (Athens) and was also responsible for several luxury kitchen chains. Apart from participating in various cultural events of national and international prestige, guest judging various gastronomic cuisine contests and developing initiatives with world-renowned Chefs at Fortaleza do Guincho, Chef Vincent is the creator of the highly acclaimed “Citrus Symphony”, a one season menu made ​​exclusively from dozens of different citrus fruits, from starters to dessert, which already has two highly successful editions in 2012 and 2013.

In 2010 Vincent Farges was recognized as Chef of the Year, both by the prestigious Guide Boa Cama Boa Mesa and the newspaper Expresso.

Joining him will be the head chefs at Casa Velha do Palheiro – Madeira born Chef Francisco Quintal and French Chef Eric Weidmann – who will be using their vast experience of Casa Velha haute cuisine whilst showcasing all the gastronomic delights the region has to offer. Especially chosen Portuguese and Madeira wines from the Blandy Wine vaults will complement this Autumnal menu.
Visitors to Madeira and Casa Velha do Palheiro are invited to make reservations for dinner at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

Price will be €80 euros per person including all wines.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Cátia Afonso, please call the Casa Velha Reception at  +351 – 291 790 350 or email reservations.casavelha@palheiroestate.com

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Gastronomic Weekend Package at Casa Velha do Palheiro:

  • 3 Nights in Double Garden Wing Room with upgrade to Superior Golf Wing Room (depending on availability on arrival)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Welcome gift upon arrival
  • Gastronomic dinner at Casa Velha dining room
  • Free entrance to Palheiro Gardens
  • Free access to Palheiro Spa wet areas

From 23rd to 28th October 2014   -   € 400,00 per person in double room

For bookings and further information please contact:
Cátia Afonso 
at Casa Velha do Palheiro
T. +351 291 790 350   |   F. +351 291 794 925
catia.afonso@palheiroestate.com   |   www.palheiroestate.com

 

 

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Madeira is on the Top10 of the RadioTimes list for best fishing destinations in the world. The list was suggested by the expert angler Rae Borras, the presenter of BT Sport’s new fishing show.

“8. Madeira

For many anglers the giant blue marlin, which can grow to weights in excess of 1,000lbs, is the ultimate piscine catch. The island of Madeira, sitting 360 miles off the west coast of Africa is a magnet for these giant ocean predators and a world record fish is always a possibility. Just a few hours flying from the UK, Madeira is a great tourist destination as well as an angler’s paradise. You had better make sure you are fit, as the longest recorded fight with a marlin was over 30 hours (and it got away!).”

Read the full article here: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-09-04/10-best-fishing-destinations-in-the-world

Photo: http://on.fb.me/1yjngN9

Golf & Ride Portugal 2014

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The first 2014 fund raising initiative for EDGA started on the 8th of March 2014 in Lisbon Portugal.

The current President of EDGA Tony Bennett and his wife Sue have challenged themselves to play one hole at 72 Golf courses spread the length and breadth of the Portuguese mainland and in the islands of Madeira and the Azores.

The challenge is not so much the 72 holes but rather the distance that these ‘recreational cyclists’ will cycle between courses.

Tony and Sue expect to cycle approximately 1400 kilometres as they zig-zig across the mountain ranges, along the coast, through cities, towns and villages and experience some of the most beautiful countryside in the whole of Iberia.

The first three rounds have now been completed and were a great success. The Golf courses were very supportive and their hospitality was much appreciated.

Round 4 of Golf & Ride Portugal 2014, which is in progress at the time of writing, will take place on the islands of the Azores, Porto Santo and Madeira. It will bring down the curtain on what has been a very challenging but equally enjoyable journey. Strictly speaking they will visit the island of São Miguel in the Azores where they will start at the Furnas Golf Course before cycling to the much younger Batalha Golf Club. The island of São Miguel is often called the ‘green island’, it is the largest and most populated of the Azores and is the home of the Presidency of the region. The diverse scenery they will encounter starts with a volcanic lake, through mountains and rolling hills until they reach green plains on the outskirts of the capital, Ponta Delgada.

A complete contrast is the next island Porto Santo which has a glorious nine kilometers of white sandy beach and is perhaps one of the best places to get away from it all. The interior is somewhat rugged but with a landscape surrounded by the ocean, superb diving and fishing off the coast it is truly a remarkable retreat.

Finally they will make their way by boat to the island of Madeira. Discovered in 1415, Madeira is the largest of the islands that make up the autonomous archipelago of Madeira, Porto Santo and Desertas. Its position just off the coast of Africa makes Madeira the outermost land in the European Union. EDGA President Tony Bennett and his wife have visited Madeira many times over the last 20 years and it is fitting that Palheiro Golf will be the last official course of Golf & Ride Portugal 2014.

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Palheiro Oktoberfest

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This year Palheiro Estate is planning it’s first authentic Oktoberfest celebrations. This boisterous German holiday first saw light in the early 19th century and offers party-goers beer, bratwurst and great music.

You don’t have to go overseas to enjoy Bavarian hospitality-Palheiro Estate is bringing an authentic Oktoberfest right to our doorstep.

Between the 3rd and 5th of October get ready for a “Gaudi” of a time in Madeira, there will be a five man band, with lots of beer, food and not to mention schnaps. Palheiro’s Vera Prömer said “We are very pleased to be able to bring an authentic Austrian band to Madeira; Krauhölzl Musi are a young and dynamic group who play all over the world, including Munich & Dubai and will be performing at Palheiro on the 3rd, 4th & 5th.”

On the 5th of October we celebrate Frühschoppen, a form of traditional bavarian “brunch” where friends & family gather at midday to drink and socialise.

As well as three different kinds of German beers, the authentic menu features Weisswurst (sausages), Sauerbraten (pork loin), Rotkraut (red cabbage), Serviettenknödel (napkin dumplings), Apfelstrudel and Bavarian pretzels.

Don´t forget to wear your Lederhosen and ladies, your Dirndl!

Tickets to the Palheiro Oktoberfest are €39 per person on the 3rd & 4th, and €25 on the 5th and include one meal & one drink ticket. Please purchase your tickets and book a table in advance, as seats are limited.

Tickets can be purchased at Palheiro Village or the Palheiro Golf Clubhouse until Sept. 28. Alternatively you can reserve your tickets with Vera by phone +351 291 790 034+351 917 587 703 or email vera.proemer@palheiroestate.com

More information: http://bit.ly/1reKNtf

Summer Golf Special

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Special Offer for Golf Wing Rooms & Suites

Enjoy free golf at the Palheiro Golf course for the duration of your stay in all Golf Wing Rooms and Suites.

Offer valid for new bookings with stay between 7th of June and 30th of September 2014 (minimum 7 nights stay)

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Special Offer for Garden Wing Rooms

2 Complimentary Green Fees per person at the Palheiro Golf course for Garden Wing Room bookings.

Offer valid for new bookings with stay between 7th of June and 31st of August 2014 (minimum 7 nights stay)

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For further information and booking requests please contact:
Phone: +351 291 790 350 | Email: reservations.casavelha@palheiroestate.com | www.casa-velha.com

XXXV Madeira Music Festival

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Programme | 2014

June, 6th – Friday
XXXV Madeira Music Festival – Organised by the Madeira Cultural Affairs Department/SRT 9.30pm – Concert by the Madeira Classical Orchestra of – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

June, 7th – Saturday
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
6pm – Concert by the Amarcord Vocal Ensemble – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre
9pm/10.15pm – 11pm/00.30am – Start of Summer Musical Show by the Madeira Light Orchestra – Entrance of Funchal’s Pier
10.30pm – Pyromusical Show by Sucessos Q.B. – Produções Artísticas, Lda. (Portugal) – Theme: “Baladas de Rock” (Rock Ballads) – outer pier of the Port of Funchal (20 minutes)

June, 8th – Sunday
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
6pm – Violin, guitar, double bass, piano and cajón flamenco concert by the Covent Garden Soloists & Chambao Soloists/Freemix Quintet – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

June, 9th – Monday
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
9.30pm – Clarinet, viola and piano concert by the Flanders Festival Trio – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

June, 10th – Tuesday
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
9.30pm – Piano Solo Recital by Louise Tend – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

June,12th – Thursday
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
9.30pm – Concert for Violin, concertmaster’s cello, viola, bass guitar, traverso flute and harpsichord by La Petite Bande – Programme: Johann Sebastian Bach- Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

June, 13th – Friday
XXV Regional Bread Fair – Largo da Restauração, by the Funchal Lions Club
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
9.30pm – Concert by the La Venexiana group and Claudio Cavina -Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

June, 14th – Saturday
XXV Regional Bread Fair – Largo da Restauração, by the Funchal Lions Club
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
5pm – Dance show by the Quorum Ballet – Programme: “Um Outro Olhar” (Another Look), “Mesa” (Table) and “Excentric Concentric” – Casa das Mudas Auditorium, Calheta
9pm/10.15pm – Start of Summer Musical Show by the Madeira Light Orchestra – Entrance of Funchal’s Pier
10.30pm – Pyromusical Show by Sirius Pyrotechnics (Canada) – Theme: “Jump” –outer pier of the Port of Funchal (20 minutes)
11pm – Serenade by the Madeiran Group of Fados de Coimbra – Largo da Restauração

June, 15th – Sunday
XXV Regional Bread Fair – Largo da Restauração, by the Funchal Lions Club
XXXV Madeira Music Festival
11am – Dance show by the Quorum Ballet – Programme: “A Cidade Verde e a Cidade Azul” (The Green City and the Blue City) – Casa das Mudas Auditorium, Calheta
5pm – Dance show by the Quorum Ballet – Programme: “Um Outro Olhar” (Another Look), “Mesa” (Table) and “Excentric Concentric” – Casa das Mudas Auditorium, Calheta

June, 16th to 22nd
Regional Arts Week: Garden Party, Gatherings of artistic disciplines, Regional Exhibition of Artistic Expression, Regional Painting Competition and ESCOLartes – Organisation: Regional Secretariat for Education and Human Resources – Regional Directorate of Education / Services Directorate of Arts Education and Multimedia – SRT Infoarte Space, Avenida Arriaga Central Walkways, Avenida Zarco, Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre, Municipal Garden Auditorium and Madeira Técnopolo

June, 21th – Saturday
9pm/10.15pm – 11pm/00.30am – Start of Summer Musical Show by the Madeira Light Orchestra – Entrance of Funchal’s Pier
10.30pm – Pyromusical Show by Pyrofel Pirotecnia, Lda. (Portugal) – Theme: “Rasgos de Luz” (Flashing Lights) – outer pier of the Port of Funchal (20 minutes)

June, 28th – Saturday
9pm/10.15pm – 11pm/00.30am – Start of Summer Musical Show by the Madeira Light Orchestra – Entrance of Funchal’s Pier
10.30pm – Pyromusical Show by Macedos Piromusical Pirotecnia, Lda. (Portugal) – Theme: “Utopia” –outer pier of the Port of Funchal (20 minutes)

Check the official website of the event: http://www.festivaldemusicadamadeira.com

Information: Madeira Tourism

Cherry Festival

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The rural village of Jardim da Serra, located in the upper part of Câmara de Lobos, hosts the Cherry Festival,
a popular event that promotes the local tradition of this parish. This festivity oers a wide range of sports and leisure activities that culminate with an ethnographic parade in a tribute to the harvesting of this delicious fruit.

IX Sixteenth Century Market

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Machico hosts the 9th edition of the 16th-century Market, an event that evokes the historical period of the discovery of the island, which has gained a prominent cultural status.

Organized by the Municipal Council of Machico and in partnership with the Elementary and Secondary Schools of Machico, this initiative takes place in Machico´s downtown at Largo da Praça, in Alameda Dr. José António de Almada, and oers a number of cultural and musical activities.

Information: Madeira Tourism

 

XXXV Madeira Music Festival

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Funchal hosts the 35th edition the Madeira Music Festival, an event that takes place in some of the most prestigious and notable places in the city of Funchal, namely in the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre, in the as well as in the Casa das Mudas Art Centre in Calheta.

This cultural initiative is integrated in the celebrations of the Atlantic Festival program and includes a series of high-quality musical performances by Portuguese and international artists, including the ballet dance company “Quorum Ballet” (Portugal), the group “La Venexiana and Claudio Cavina”(Italy), the Vocal Ensemble “Amarcord” (Germany) and the band “La Petite Bande” (Belgium), among others.

Programme

Madeira Classical Orchestra
Friday 6 June, 9.30 p.m.
Baltazar Dias City Theatre

Amarcord
Saturday 7 June, 6.00 p.m.
Baltazar Dias City Theatre

FreeMix Quintet
Sunday 8 June, 6.00 p.m.
Baltazar Dias City Theatre

Flanders Festival Trio
Monday 9 June, 9.30 p.m.
Baltazar Dias City Theatre

Luísa Tender
Tuesday 10 June, 9.30 p.m.
Baltazar Dias City Theatre

La Petite Bande
Thursday 12 June 12, 9.30 p.m.
Baltazar Dias City Theatre

La Venexiana and Claudio Cavina
Friday 13 June, 9.30 p.m.
Baltazar Dias City Theatre

Quorum Ballet
Saturday 14 June, 5.00 p.m.
Sunday, 15 June, 5.00 p.m.
Sunday 15 June 15, 11.00 a.m.
Casa das Mudas Arts Center – Calheta

For more information on the event check here: http://www.festivaldemusicadamadeira.com

Information: Madeira Tourism

Atlantic Festival 2014 Edition

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The Atlantic Festival, an event that marks the beginning of the summer season in Madeira, will this year integrate a diverse set of initiatives spread throughout the month of June, most importantly the pyromusical shows; the Madeira Music Festival and the Regional Arts Week.

The pyromusical shows will be held on four consecutive Saturdays of the month of June, at 10:30pm at the pier outside the Pontinha, with wonderful and exciting performances, lasting about 20 minutes each, which combine fireworks and music in a unique experience for tourists and residents.
The four pyromusical shows will place in competition companies that will dispute a trophy attributed by public vote through internet, and tombola’s located in strategic venues of Funchal city centre (City Pier – day of the show, Dolce Vita, Marina Shopping, Madeira Tourism Board).

Information: Madeira Tourism