Madeira Mix

Madeira island news and views.

Archive for the ‘Travel News’ Category

FLOWER FESTIVAL 2014 – 1st to 7th May


The 2014 edition of the Madeira Flower Festival takes place between the 1st and 7th May in Funchal, with different activities involved.


Theme: “Mother, a world of flowers for you”

May 1st to 7th
Flower Carpets – Central walkways of Avenida Arriaga and Largo do Chafariz
Flower Market depicting “Charolas“ celebration – Central walkways of Avenida Arriaga, between the Cathedral and the Regional Secretariat
for Culture, Tourism and Transports
The Kingdom of Flowers – Young women dressed in costumes depicting flowers pageant in the central walkways of Avenida Arriaga
(until May, 4th )
59th Flower Exhibition at Largo da Restauração – Organised by the Regional Secretariat for Environment and Natural Resources
“Madeira Embroidery inspired by Flowers” – Organised by the Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicrafts Institute (IVBAM) – Central
walkway of Avenida Arriaga, in front of Loja do Cidadão
“World Flowers Photos” – Photography exhibition by Carlos Capelão – Espaço Infoarte at the Regional Secretariat for Culture, Tourism and

Thursday, 1st May
Official opening of the Flower Festival
3pm – 8pm – Performances by the Casa do Povo da Camacha Folk Group in Funchal city centre
5pm – 6pm – “Flowers and Gastronomy” Project – Themed workshop: Black scabbard fish and traditional pork in a wine and garlic marinade:
history and confection – Largo do Chafariz
Friday, May 2nd
10am – Noon – “Flowers and Gastronomy” Project – Themed workshop: Honey Cake: history and confection – Largo do Chafariz
10am – 3pm – Performances by the Monteverde Folk Group in Funchal city centre
10.30am – 2pm – Demonstrations of flower arranging by Madeira Flower Club (NAFAS) – exhibition until May 6th, from 10am to 4pm – at
Funchal’s English Church
3pm – 8pm – Performances by the Boa Nova Ethnography and Folk Group in Funchal city centre

Saturday, May 3rd
Children’s Parade and Wall of Hope Ceremony:
9am – Children gathering at Avenida Arriaga, in front of the Municipal Garden
10am – Children’s Parade – Itinerary: Avenida Arriaga, Avenida Zarco, Rua Câmara Pestana and Praça do Município
11am – Symbolic construction of the Wall of Hope at Praça do Município – Release of doves and a show for children by an entertainment
10am – Noon – “Flowers and Gastronomy” Project – Themed workshop: Regional Fruit and Vegetables – An orchard in the Atlantic – Largo do
3pm – 8pm – Performances by the Casa do Povo da Camacha Folk Group in Funchal city centre

Sunday, May 4th
10am – Noon – “Flowers and Gastronomy” Project – Carving show: decorations with floral elements – Largo do Chafariz
10am – 3pm – Folklore Performances by the Camacha Recreational and Cultural Association in Funchal city centre
4pm – Flower Festival Parade
Order and theme of the groups participating in the Float Parade
-“30 Years in Bloom” – João Egídio Rodrigues
- “The Magic Forest” – Sorrisos de Fantasia
- “Mother…Six Letters” (Mãe… Três Letras) – Isabel Borges
- “Carpet of flowers for all the mothers in the world” – Samba Caneca Furada School
- “Mother, an Orchid for you” – Geringonça Entertainment Association
- “For you, Mother…” – Fábrica de Sonhos
- “ Mother´s Tribute” – Turma do Funil
- “The Smile of Flowers” – Fura Samba Association
- “Madeira, Mother and May” – Bairro da Argentina Sports, Cultural and Recreational Association
Itinerary: Starting point at Funchal’s Harbour roundabout, Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro, Francisco Sá Carneiro roundabout, Avenida do Mar e
das Comunidades Madeirenses (south lane) to Praça da Autonomia

Monday, May 5th
10am – 3pm – Folklore Performances by the Camacha Recreational and Cultural Association in Funchal city centre
3pm – 8pm – Performances by the Boa Nova Ethnography and Folk Group in Funchal city centre

Tuesday, May 6th
2pm – 7pm – Performances by the Monteverde Folk Group in Funchal city centre

Wednesday, May 7th
11am – 4pm – Folklore Performances by the Camacha Cultural and Recreational Association Group in Funchal city centre

May, 10th and 11th
III Reid’s Palace Classic Auto Show 2014

Information: Madeira Tourism


festa dos compadres

The ‘Festa dos Compadres’ marks the opening of the Carnival season in Madeira, a tradition going back to more than 50 years, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Santana.”

For more information:


Casa Velha announces a new facility

We are delighted to offer our guests the possibility of swimming in the nearby Marine Reserve of the Lido Galomar Beach in Canico De Baixo.

This sheltered bay with its crystal clear water and unique lava finger rock has been recognized as one of the best diving and snorkelling spots in Madeira Island. During the year, there are frequent visit of a friendly monk seal, a protected species in Madeira’s Marine Reserves.

With year-round water temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees it is always swimming season under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards.

Read More


Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 17.26.29


Christmas is coming! It’s time to celebrate!

Make the most of the holiday season and hold your Christmas festivities at the Clubhouse Restaurant. Be it family and friends, or company events, we will cater to your every need.Suggestion menus are attached.

Reservations by email to or phone 291 603 747.

Let us be present for your Christmas!

See here our suggestions: Menu English


O Natal está a chegar! É época de festejar!

Celebre connosco a quadra natalícia. Temos o nosso Restaurante à vossa disposição. Junte os seus amigos, familiares, a sua empresa e delicie-se com as nossas sugestões de menus.
Faça a sua reserva através do e-mail ou através do telefone 291 603 747.

Deixe-nos fazer parte do seu Natal! Aguardamos por si.


Consulte aqui as nossas sugestões: Menu Português





Top 200 EUROPE logos 2014 gold

Palheiro Golf, Ilha da Madeira – no Top 200 Campos de Golfe Europeus – Revista Golf World.
O Palheiro Golf, na Madeira, foi incluído na nova lista de TOP 200 campos europeus da Golf World.

Revista líder da modalidade, o Golf World publicou recentemente a sua lista “top 200 na Europa” e oPalheiro Golf é um dos campos portugueses em destaque .

” Esta homenagem é especialmente gratificante, pois este ano comemoramos nosso 20 º aniversário e é o culminar do enorme trabalho que tem sido feito no campo ultimamente. Temos, agora, vista para o mar em todos os buracos do campo de golfe o que, a uma altitude de 500 metros, é raríssimo. O arquitecto de golfe Cabel Robinson fez um trabalho fantástico com este local maravilhoso, fazendopleno uso da sua envolvente única, implantado dentro do Palheiro Estate, uma herdade com 210 anos de história”, disse Jonathan Fletcher presidente do Palheiro Golf.
Actualmente o campo é visualmente ainda mais deslumbrante com as novas panorâmicas do mar, a vista para a montanha e as árvores centenárias dos Jardins do Palheiro.

O “200 Top campos de golfe no continente europeu” resulta de escolhas e classificações dadas por jornalistas especializados em golfe, sendo um ranking conferido de dois em dois anos, pela revista Golf World.

Palheiro Golf, Madeira Island – in Golf World´s TOP 200 European Courses.

Palheiro Golf in Madeira has been ranked in the new Golf World´s TOP 200 European Courses list.

Leading golf magazine, Golf World, has recently published its ‘top 200 in Europe’ list – and Palheiro Golf is one of the Portuguese courses featured.
‘This honour is especially rewarding as this year we celebrate our 20th anniversary and is the culmination of much hard work on the course recently.  We now have sea views on every hole of the golf course which at an altitude of 500 meters is very unusual.   Golf architect Cabel Robinson did a fantastic job with this wonderful site and has made full use of the historic setting within the 210 year old Palheiro Estate’, said Jonathan Fletcher Chairman of Palheiro Golf.

The course is now even more visually stunning with the new sea views, the mountain views and  the centennial trees of Palheiro Gardens.

The “TOP 200 Golf Courses in Continental Europe” results of choices and ratings given by golf specialist journalists, being a rank conferred every two years by Golf World magazine.

Please click here for photos –

Para mais informações à imprensa, contate :
further press information please contact:

Jonathan Fletcher
Palheiro Golf
Rua do Balancal, nº 29
9060-414 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 120
F. +351 291 792 456

Casa Velha Celebrates 210 Years


Next year, the Casa Velha do Palheiro in Madeira will celebrate 210 years of history! For this unique occasion, Palheiro Estate has created an anniversary package as well as some special offers and events to make the stays for its guests even more memorable.

We will be announcing more special events scheduled for our 210th anniversary soon, until then, please stay tuned to our website and social media for more news.

Madeira Hotel – Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro – Luxury Spa & Golf Resort


•    7 Nights in double – garden wing room with upgrade to superior – golf wing room (depending on availability on arrival.)
•    Return airport transfers
•    Choose between 18 holes green fee at Palheiro Golf or personalized body massage at Palheiro Spa.
•    1 Five-course menu degustation dinner at our culinary recognized restaurant created by Chef Eric Weidmann and Francisco Quintal (drinks for the meal included).
•    Free entrance to Palheiro Gardens – Awarded the Relais & Chateaux best garden in 2007, and honoured with “The Garden Trophy.”
•    Free Access to the Palheiro Spa wet areas.
•    A memory from Madeira – The book “The Blandy story”.

Prices from: 655 Euros per person in double room

Book Now

Packages are also available for single use as well as with upgrade to suites, unlimited golf, spa and with additional services.

Madeira Island Hotel – Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro


We would like to congratulate David and Christina Whippen on their recent marriage at Casa Velha do Palheiro. The happy couple and their guests who travelled from as far away as San Francisco for the special occasion, had the following to say:

‘We were so very fortunate to have our wedding this summer at Casa Velha, and we could not imagine a more unique venue. Madeira is such an incredible backdrop, that all our guests fell in love with it immediately. Casa Velha, with its unbelievably beautiful setting and gardens left everyone speechless, and the chapel would be any bride’s dream. Our reception in amongst the gardens and tea house was idyllic to say the least. The staff, food, and attention to detail made our wedding all that we had hoped and dreamed it would be. Thank you so much to everyone at Casa Velha for a day we will never forget.’

David and Christina Whippen

Events October & November 2013 – Madeira


Events October and November 2013 Madeira Island

Every year in October, Machico holds the Feast of the Lord of Miracles. However, other interesting events also take place during this month.

III Madeira Nature Festival
til 6th October
More information at:

Festival of Our Lord of Miracles – Machico
8th and 9th October

More information at

IV Madeira Organ Festival – Funchal
18th to 28th October
More information at:

Chestnut Festival  – Curral das Freiras
November, 3rd

16th International Open Bridge – Funchal
4th to 10th November
Further information at:

Torneio Madeira Wine Open – Palheiro Golf


No passado dia 09 de Setembro de 2013, realizou-se, no Palheiro Golf, mais um torneio incluído nas comemorações do seu 20º Aniversário, intitulado Torneiro Madeira Wine Open. Este evento contou com o precioso apoio dos mais famosos produtores de Vinho Madeira (Barbeito, Blandy’s Madeira, D’Oliveiras, Henriques & Henriques, H.M.Borges e Justino’s) bem como da Direcção Regional de Turismo da Madeira e, ainda, do Instituto do Vinho, do Bordado e do Artesanato da Madeira.

Este torneio amigável, que teve no bom tempo um grande aliado, contou com a presença de 72 jogadores, incluindo sócios do Clube Palheiro Golf, convidados e jogadores internacionais, repartidos em equipas de 2, que jogaram na modalidade “4 ball better ball”. O torneio teve início às 10h15, com saídas em shot-gun. Depois do torneio houve uma prova de vinhos, oferecida pelos referidos produtores de Vinho Madeira, seguindo-se um excelente almoço no Restaurante Clubhouse Palheiro Golf, onde os jogadores se juntaram também com amigos não-jogadores.

Após o almoço realizou-se a entrega de prémios, presidida pela Dra. Maria Stangl, Capitã do Clube Palheiro Golfe, o Eng.º Pedro Ferreira, em representação do Presidente da Direcção do mesmo Clube, Dr. Fernando Couto, e os patrocinadores do evento.

A equipa vencedora deste torneio, com uns magníficos 45 pontos, foi a dupla Jacinto Santos e Miguel Rodrigues. Em 2º lugar ficaram Hélder Valente e Paul Laurence com 44 pontos, seguindo-se Alberto Sousa e Duarte Rodrigues, também com 44 pontos. Frank Van Der Graaf e Birgit Pillen foram os melhores jogadores internacionais, com 32 pontos. O “Longest Drive” teve como vencedores Jessica Otto (senhoras) e Robbie Braz (homens) e os vencedores da “Bola mais perto do buraco” foram Denise Chambers (senhoras) e Nick Chambers (homens).

À entrega de prémios seguiu-se uma tômbola onde foram sorteadas maioritariamente garrafas de vinho Madeira.

Foi, sem dúvida, um dia muito positivo e divertido, onde reinou o espirito de equipa e a boa disposição.

Madeira Wine Open Tournament-Palheiro Golf

On September 9, 2013, at Palheiro Golf, The Madeira Wine Open was held as part of the celebrations of its 20th anniversary. This event featured the fantastic  support of the most famous producers of Madeira wine (Barbeito, Blandy’s Madeira, D’oliveiras, Henriques & Henriques, H.M.Borges and Justin ‘s) as well as the Tourism Board of Madeira and the Wine and embroidery Institute

The tournament was a sell out with some 72 players, including Palheiro Golf Club members, guests and international players, divided into 2 teams, who played in “4 ball better ball.” The tournament began at 10:15, with exits at shot-gun. After the tournament there was a wine tasting offered by those producers of Madeira wine, followed by an excellent lunch at restaurant Palheiro Golf Clubhouse, where players joined also with friends non-players.

After lunch was held the awards ceremony, presided by Dr. Maria Stangl, Captain of the Club Haystack Golf, Eng. º Pedro Ferreira, on behalf of the Chairman of the Board of the same club, Dr. Fernando Couto, and the sponsors of the event.

The winning team of this tournament, with a magnificent 45 points, was the duo Jacinto Santos and Miguel Rodrigues. In second place were Helder Valente and Paul Laurence with 44 points, followed by Alberto Sousa and Duarte Rodrigues, also with 44 points. Frank Van Der Graaf and Birgit Pillen was the best international players, with 32 points. The “Longest Drive” had as winners Jessica Otto (ladies) and Robbie Braz (men) and the winners of the “Ball closest to the hole” were Denise Chambers (ladies) and Nick Chambers (men).

The awards followed a tombola where they were drawn many bottles of vintage Madeira wine