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Exhibits and Entertainment in downtown Funchal 4th to 21st

May The Wall of Hope Ceremony
6th May Great Allegoric Flower Parade
7th May Madeira Auto Parade – Historical Classic Car Parade
14th May Concerts “The Sound Flowers” 21st May

Floral species originating in many parts of the world bloom in Madeira, as the island meets specific climatic conditions that allow species from both tropical and cold regions to flourish.
The Flower Festival is a tribute to spring, and the celebration of metamorphosis and rebirth, fertility and the abundance of the flowers that colour, perfume and inebriate the surrounding environment and that give value and take the good name of this tourist destination across borders. Find out more about what to expect from the Madeira Flower Festival:
On Saturday morning the Children’s Parade takes place, in which hundreds of children, dressed for the occasion, parade to Praça do Município to build a beautiful flower mural symbolically named “Wall of Hope”.
This initiative, which has been held for over three decades, combines childhood innocence and the delicacy of flowers in a ceremony calling for peace in the world. Each child takes a flower and the ceremony usually culminates with a release of doves and a children’s show.
Friday to Sunday
On Sunday afternoon, the streets of Funchal city centre are once again filled with music, colour and soft aromas, with the sumptuous float parade, which harmoniously combines numerous floral species with blooming decorations full of creativity. The Flower Festival Float Parade, held since 1979, is one of the most striking and eagerly anticipated events of the entire festival, for tourists and residents alike. This event is known for the magnificence and splendour of the floats and costumes of the hundreds of participants, mostly children, richly adorned with numerous, varied and magnificent floral species, parading along a planned route to the sound of festive musical themes and performing both simple and elaborate choreographies.The Flower Festival is also a cultural event. Tradition is particularly associated with the event, whether through the performances of folk groups, or through the construction of the beautiful floral carpets. At the same time, homage is paid to flowers at the magnificent Flower Exhibition and the city is animated with music concerts and variety shows.

Other initiatives that are included on the schedule:

Flower Market
The flower market contributes to raise public awareness to the countless ornamental and floral species on the island. Visitors and locals can buy them in a picturesque setting.

Flower Exhibition and Workshops
The Flower Exhibition is held in the centre of Funchal, at Praça do Povo. This exhibition is an extension of the exhibit held at the former Ateneu Comercial of Funchal. This unique flower display shows the finest flowers grown with much care and devotion, all around Madeira. The flowers in display are judged under various categories and the best are awarded prizes by a panel of experts.

In addition the Praça do Povo will also be the centre stage of several workshops and crafts exhibits.

Flower Carpets and Decorations
The abundance of Madeiran flora has greatly contributed to the establishing of this art form. This traditional creation of flower carpets thrives a little bit throughout the island and had its origins in the decoration of religious processions. Due to its undeniable beauty and detail, for the past several years, the flower carpets have been reproduced on the streets for the Flower Festival, establishing alongside the floral sculptures, a major contribution to the magnificence of the city’s decorations, as their careful construction is shared and admired by visiting tourists. These wonderful pieces of floral art are displayed in the central walkways of Avenida Arriaga.Madeira Auto Parade
The “Madeira Auto Parade” is an exclusive event that integrates for the first time the Flower Festival festivities. Organized by the Association “The Classic Motor Exhibition” – ACME and the Clube Carocha da Madeira, this enterprise intends to join both the glamour of classic vehicles and motorcycles, alongside with the flowers of Madeira, incorporating one of the largest exhibitions, and national restoration and elegance contests, an opportunity to admire some of the best vehicles and auto parts, which will be on display at Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro.
The vehicles registered in this parade, will circulate in pairs, an exhibition that will promote moments of pure entertainment, colour and beauty promoted by various musical bands and extras, dressed in costumes inspired by the flowers of Madeira.

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As Christmas draws nearer, Palheiro Estate is celebrating this festive time of year with a trivia-filled Facebook Advent Calendar.From Thursday 1st until the 24th of December, unveil a Palheiro-related question from behind each calendar window and qualify to win one of the fantastic daily prizes. 

What’s more, we’re offering lucky winners the chance to enjoy a three-night stay in both the 5 star Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro as well as our luxury apartments & villas in Palheiro Village. 


28th and 29th October – Gastronomy at Casa Velha do Palheiro

Casa Velha do Palheiro invites you to join us on a gastronomic journey. On the 28th and 29th of October, Casa Velha do Palheiro will be hosting its annual Gastronomic Weekend.

This time we will be bringing the fine flavours of Normandy to the table with guest chef Olivier Barbarin from the fantastic Château D’Audrieu in France (Relais & Châteaux).

Olivier Will be joining Casa Velha do Palheiro resident chef Rogério Calhau and his team to present a culinary vision based on authenticity and simplicity to produce deep rooted healthy tasty cuisine.

Specially chosen Portuguese and Madeira wines from the Blandy Wine vaults will complement this Autumnal menu.

Price per person, per night: €90*

*Drinks included.
*10% discount for Palheiro Estate Loyalty Card Holders.

More info.
291 790 350









Madeira Wine Festival August 28th to September 11th

The Madeira Wine Festival is one of the island´s main tourist attractions that pays tribute to this precious nectar and its undeniable socioeconomic significance.

Taking place during the grape harvest in late August, early September, this event aims to recreate the old traditions of Madeira, which were developed over centuries of labour in viticulture.
This event has been commemorated since the late seventies of the last century. It begins in Funchal and includes European Folklore Week, ornamentations, exhibitions and live portraits depicting wine and its crafts and light and traditional music performances.
This Festival culminates in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, with the Wine Harvest Festival. Find out more about what to expect from the Madeira Wine Festival:
On Saturday morning all attention is focused on the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, where the Wine Harvest Festival takes place. The harvest takes place on a Madeiran farm, followed by an ethnographic parade with the participation of a large number of folklore and ethnography groups. After the parade, the treading of the grapes is re-enacted – participation is free – using a traditional press in a festive atmosphere with lots of musical entertainment and regional cuisine.
European Folklore Week
European Folklore Week, an event organised by the Boa Nova Ethnography and Folk Group, is a folklore festival that aims to promote an intercultural gathering and promote ethnographic realities, with the participation of national and foreign groups.
Live Wine Harvest
On Saturday morning all attention is focused on the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, where the Wine Harvest Festival takes place. The harvest takes place on a Madeiran farm, followed by an ethnographic parade with the participation of a large number of folklore and ethnography groups. After the parade the treading of the grapes is re-enacted – participation is free – using a traditional press in a festive atmosphere with lots of musical entertainment and regional cuisine.
Street Entertainment
The city centre of Funchal, especially the central walkway of Avenida Arriaga, will be filled with various adornments comprising several viticulture tools (presses, casks, barrels, grape picking baskets, traditional means of transportation), living portraits and actors who re-enact the winemaking process in Madeira (grape pressing, re-enactment of the regional craftsmen traditional customs), food, Madeira wine tastings and exhibitions and regional handicrafts. Performances by local folklore groups, traditional Madeiran music and light music performances by the Madeira Light Orchestra will also liven up the four days of the festival.

São Vicente Festivities


For a week, the picturesque town of São Vicente, located on the North coast of Madeira, hosts the festivities in tribute to the municipality with the same name.
This initiative, which is already a well-known regional reference, offers an intense program of cultural and social events, in addition to plenty of cuisine and entertainment.

As in previous years, this event will also have the participation of some regional and national bands.
+ Info Turismo da Madeira

Gastronomy Exhibit of Santana



July,22nd to 29th
The municipality of Santana annually promotes the Gastronomy Exhibit, an initiative whose main objective is to contribute to the promotion and appreciation of local cuisine.

This exhibit has a varied programme of events, with the participation of some artists of the regional and national music scene.

Spa Package



Package includes:

  • Accommodation in Double Garden Wing Room
  • Transfers Airport – Hotel upon arrival and departure
  • 30 minute Aroma Facial
  • 30 minute Body Scrub
  • 30 minute Back Wrap
  • 30 minute Back Massage
  • Access to all Palheiro Spa’s facilities which include: Indoor heated hydro pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, Experience showers, Relaxation areas, Changing rooms with lockers, bathrobes, and towels.
  • Fitness Room which includes: Power Plate with programs, cardio machines, free weights, stretching mats and exercise balls.
  • Complimentary access to Palheiro Gardens
  • Conservatory where a Snack Bar menu is available

Featured Property in Palheiro Estate

Tranquil Two-Bedroom Ocean View Apartment

Apartment 7, Palheiro Village is a top floor apartment, offering stunning ocean views to the south, and is tranquil in its elevated position.

The kitchen is fully equipped with granite worksurfaces, bathrooms feature stone wall and floor tiling and underfloor heating, and living areas and bedrooms have multi-split air- conditioning. The living areas are floored with semi-manual terracotta with limestone borders, whereas the bedrooms are carpeted for extra comfort.

For further property details, please contact Anne Marchington at:
Tel: +351 291 794 015

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Casa Velha do Palheiro – Christmas 2015


Monday, 21st December

21h30 Funchal visit to enjoy the city Christmas light decorations

Tuesday, 22nd December

10h15 Visit to the Funchal Market to select some ingredients for the evening menu

Wednesday, 23rd December

09h15 Departure to The Blandy´s Wine Lodge for a private Madeira Wine tasting

Thursday, 24th December

19h00 Christmas Eve Champagne Cocktail in the Morning Room

19h30 Christmas Eve Dinner

Friday, 25th December

10h15 Departure to the English Church for Holy Communion

19h00 Christmas Day Dinner

Saturday, 26th December

18h30 Local Liqueurs tasting in the Bar

Sunday, 27th December

10h30 Hand & Foot Self-massage demonstration in the Spa

Monday, 28th December

21h30 Funchal visit to enjoy the city Christmas light decorations

Tuesday, 29th December

18h30 Madeira Wine tasting in the Bar

Wednesday, 30th December

10h30 Pastry demonstration in the Kitchen

Thursday, 31st December

19h00 New Year´s Eve Champagne Cocktail in the Morning Room

20h00 New Year´s Eve Dinner

23h00 Transportation to Palheiro Golf for New Year´s Fireworks

Friday, 01st January

08h00 to 11h00 New Year´s Champagne Breakfast

The Pirate House

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Refurbished two-bedroom period house dating from 1866
The Pirate House is a completely refurbished two-bedroom period house dating from 1866, transformed into a unique seafront property with its own private pool and garden.
Perched on the cliff top in the old town of Funchal, shops, cafés & restaurants, the market and beach are just a short stroll away.

Key Features:

  •   Unlimited sea views
  •   Full of character, perfect blend of “old” and “new”
  •   Excellent outdoor dining with BBQ
  •   Large sunbathing area by the 7m x 3m pool · Private cliff top garden featuring lawn, vegetable/herb garden & subtropical plants
    Warmest and sunniest area of Funchal
    Elegant living room with high ceilings & full-length windows
    Two bedrooms with high ceilings, elegantly decorated
    High rental potential under “Local Lodging” regimeFor further property details, please contact Anne Marchington at:
    Tel: +351 291 794 015