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“Nature trails at Palheiro Estate”

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Synopsis: Jonathan will take you on a Nature trail within the 130 hectare of the Palheiro Estate landscape where you can observe some of Madeira wildlife such as the rare “Trocaz” pigeon and the Macaronesian Sparrowhawk.

The landscape of Palheiro Estate in now very different after the fires on July 18th 2012, when a large amount of forest was destroyed. Since then, with the help of government funding, a huge reforestation programme has begun, planting indigenous Madeira species such as; Til, Barbusano & Laurel, as well as the removal of invasive trees that were introduced to the Island – Mimosa and Eucalyptus. The result is a landscape offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Desertas islands, the bay of Funchal and the mountains of Madeira.

The Palheiro nature trails can be enjoyed on bikes, hiking or just a simple stroll in nature.

Speaker: Jonathan Fletcher

Venue: Palheiro Estate Gardens

 Price: 20 €

Free for Festival filmmakers and Guests with the Festival Pass

 Info & Enrollment:


Pinto the Palheiro Pony

“Pinto” the Palheiro pony is doing well. His favourite treats are carrots!
He will be 6 months in November and is enjoying his Autumn walks around the Quinta.
Pinto was born in May this year in the field next to the quinta and has become the Palheiro mascot!

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Bird Watching at Palheiro

On the 7th of November Palheiro estate will be hosting a bird watching excursion together with SPEA (Portuguese Ornithological Society) in an attempt to spot some of the rarer species to be found at Palheiro Estate.

There are more than 20 species of birds at Palheiro Estate, a fair share of those to be found on the island. We are also privileged to have two rare endemic species nesting at Palheiro (The Macaronesian Sparrowhawk and Trocaz Pigeon) and have recently been visited by several migratory birds such as the Red-footed Falcon (in pic) and Cuckoo.

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It’s Wahoo Time

From late summer into early winter, large wahoo prowl the inshore grounds in search of mackerel, needlefish, large flying fish and other baitfish. Madeiran wahoo are well- conditioned fish that normally average 40 to 60 lbs with occasional larger fish exceeding the 70-lb mark.

These sleek razor-jawed predators can be surprisingly elusive and wary, but when hooked up are turbocharged performers on light to medium tackle. Most of the productive wahoo marks lie close to the island’s remarkable cliffs, offering a spectacular view whilst you await the bite.

Balancal offers full and half day charters for these agile beasts. For reservations please contact the Casa Velha at +351 291 790 350

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Holidays mean you will have the chance to get away from a stressful daily life, at Palheiro Village you can be sure all your needs will be met.

The Three Bedroom Villas With Private Pool lodge up to 6 people and have an area of 250 square feet.
Looking for total privacy? Our three bedroom villas with private pool are exactly what will keep kids happy and parents very relaxed! All the comforts of home and without the work.

All three bedroom villas with private pool enjoy Funchal and sea views, surrounded by very peaceful surroundings. Large living and dining areas are perfect for enjoying life under the blue or starry skies.


All of our villas and apartments are fully furnished and equipped. The kitchens have a dishwasher, washer/dryer, gas stove/electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, dishes, pots, pans & all utencils. The living rooms offer a flat screen television and dvd player. The one and two bedroom apartments are air conditioned, central heating is available in the three bedroom apartments/villas and all bathrooms offer floor heating. Many units offer wood burning fireplaces. All properties are serviced twice a week.


Pool heating for the three bedroom villas is €200 per week or €250 for four bedroom villas (where applicable).

For more information and reservation:

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Palheiro Golf is delighted to announce that Yudik Gold are now sponsoring Palheiro Golf’s bunkers.

Jonathan fletcher President of Palheiro Golf explains ‘Sand shots are notoriously difficult for the average golfer.  With our new gold dust in the bunkers we have found that the lighter texture of the particle translates into a simpler shot.  During the experimental phase many of our guests were amazed at the difference and how much easier bunker shots were. It is great to be the first resort course in the world making this change from sand to gold dust and we are sure that many top end resorts will follow.’


Madeira Film Festival and Palheiro Estate


Palheiro Estate is delighted to announce their continued support of the Madeira Film Festival for 2015.

Jonathan Fletcher director of Palheiro Estate explains; ‘this year for the first time we have created exciting packages, whereby guests at the Casa Velha do Palheiro or Palheiro Village will be able to participate in many of the activities going on during the week.  This includes a visit to the magical Laurissilva forest to see a show, tickets to all films, invitations to the opening cocktail at Belmond Reid’s as well as to the Gala dinner.’

Also this year for the first time there will be a Golf day at Palheiro Golf on 28th April for film makers and our guests.  This will be a unique opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers and play golf with them.

Madeira Film Festival Package
Take part in the Madeira Film Festival whilst staying in a double garden wing room at the Casa Velha or at one of our luxury one-bedroom sea view apartments in the Palheiro Village:

Package includes:
·  One week’s accommodation for two
·   A bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
·   Complementary Wi-Fi in the room or apartment
·   One dinner for two in the Casa Velha do Palheiro (table d´hote)
·   Tickets to all movies shown during the Madeira Film Festival
·   Participation during the following program activities:
– Meet and greet of Film makers and an excursion to the Laurissilva Forest
– Opening Cocktail at Belmond Reid’s Palace
– Gala Dinner at Belmond Reid´s Palace

Prices from €960

For more information and bookings please visit our website: Casa Velha do Palheiro

Visit Madeira Film Festival official website:

Golf Urbano Funchal


Convidamos todos os sócios a participar  no “Golf Urbano Funchal 2015” a ter lugar no dia 15 de Março pelas ruas do Funchal. As inscrições poderão ser feitas através do site

Nota: não é necessário ter experiencia em golfe para poder participar no evento, o mesmo está aberto à participação da população em geral desde que tenha mais de 8 anos.
Inscreva-se aqui:

We invite all members to join the “ Golf Urbano Funchal 2015” (Funchal Urban Golf 2015) that will take place on March, 15th, through the Funchal streets. Registrations can be made by the website

Note: it is not necessary to have experience in golf to be able to participate in the event; this is open to everybody older than 8 years.
Informação e regulamento em anexo.
Sign up here:


Whisk away your special someone for a romantic getaway with our special Valentine’s day package. Enjoy one night’s accommodation in the best double room available with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, personalised massages at Palheiro Spa and free access to Palheiro Gardens.

Saint Valentine´s Package

  • 1 night accommodation in best double room available upon arrival, including breakfast
  • Bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
  • 1 Personalised massage (30 min) at Palheiro Spa
  • Free access to Palheiro Spa wet areas
  • Free access to Palheiro Gardens

From 13th to 16th Feb. 2015
80,00 € per person in double room

For more information go to our website:

2nd stage of the Transquadra Regatta

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Quinta do Lorde Marina will host the offial start of the 2nd stage of the Transquadra regatta towards the port of Le Marin (Martinique), a course with a total of 2,700 nautical miles.

Already on its 8th edition, the Transquadra regatta, one of the most emblematic Transoceanic races on the sailing competition panorama, totalled a participation of 100 boats.

For more information check the official website: