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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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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:

Camellias at Quinta do Palheiro


Now is the time to visit the Palheiro gardens and see the Camellias in full bloom.
The early Camellia Sasanqua start in October together with the famous Granthamiana from Hong Kong and finishes about now.
The Camellia Japonica, white, pink, red and striped flower from December through to end of April.  Single and double, a mass of beauty!  Also the huge pink and red blooms of the Camellia reticulata are showing.
From the gate house entrance along the drive, at the bottom of the main garden and in the Ribeira do Inferno you will see masses of plants; the walk continues to the Chapel, surrounded by more Camellias and then towards the huge Araucarias by Casa Velha hotel. Yes, they are everywhere.
You may notice there has been much pruning work going on in the Camellia Avenue, also along the west side of the main garden and along the drive (remnants of the fire in July 2012).
You will also see to the south of the entrance gate an extensive replanting program underway, using mainly Madeira indigenous and endemic species.
The Gardens are open every day between 09.00 – 17.30
Bus from Funchal that stops by the entrance gate, number 36A and 37.

Christina Blandy Feb 2015

The Essence of Wine – Madeira 2014


In 2012, the “main wine experience in Portugal” debuted on Madeiran soil. The success of the initiative dictated the annual scheduling of the event in the Region, where the third edition will be taking place later this month.

“The Essence of Wine – Madeira” brings together dozens of Portuguese producers, as well as the most emblematic wine producing houses on the island.
In addition to the free tasting, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in themed wine tasting sessions and show cooking’s in the presence of renowned experts. More than 1000 wines to taste of around 100 national and international producers, 30% of which will be present for the first time.

1 Day – €10 per person
3 Days – €25 per person

More information:


MADS presents the Musical Annie



This month, the theatre company MADS prepares to return to the stages of Madeira with the popular musical ‘Annie’.

Annie is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray, whose original Broadway production debuted in the year 1977. With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, this show was performed, for almost six years, in the former Alvin Theatre, in New York.
The best-known songs from the show are “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life”.

To make reservations and buy tickets, please contact the Madeira Casino:

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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

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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   |





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:




Ação desportiva para a proteção do clima: Dois remadores Alemães juntaram-se para enfrentar um percurso de 47 km no Atlântico, entre as Ilhas do Porto Santo e Madeira.

Veit Quack e Anna Warnke procuram com esta ação de remo, e em cooperação com a organização “German Watch” alertar as pessoas para os perigos da elevação do nível do mar.

Madeira / Bonn (19 de agosto de 2014). Completamente exaustos, com braços e pernas a doer, mas muito felizes, Veit Quack (43) na noite passada junto com sua parceira de remo Anna Warnke (40) atracaram na Madeira.

A equipa de dois remadores, em cerca de oito horas, dentro de um pequeno barco de duplo-remo, conseguiram enfrentar o longo trajecto de 47 km entre a ilha do Porto Santo e a Madeira – situadas no meio do Atlântico.

A forte motivação dos remadores tem origem não só na sua ambição desportiva, mas também na mensagem que eles querem transmitir, em cooperação com a organização de meio ambiente e desenvolvimento “German Watch” da cidade de Bonn. “É importante que tudo seja feito para controlar a mudança climática e, portanto, a liderança Alemã no combate à mudança climática deve continuar”, diz Quack. “Com esta ação queremos alertar para o aumento dos níveis do mar que ameaça milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo”.

Para Veit Quack o sucesso veio na segunda tentativa: Há um ano, ele já havia tentado concluir este percurso com um parceiro -, nessa ocasião tiveram que desistir após horas de batalha contra ondas com mais de um metro de altura. Desta vez não foi necessário a ajuda do barco de apoio “M.Y. Balancal”. O Atlântico oriental mostrou-se mais amigável do que da última vez. Ainda assim, foi um desafio para os remadores experientes e exigiu um grande esforço de ambos. “É claro que é muito diferente das minhas voltas de prática habituais nos lagos e rios de Berlim. As ondas, as forças que obrigam correções de rumo constante, o vento cruzado e o esforço psicológico, quando a ilha atrás passa a ser um ponto no horizonte e à nossa volta só vemos água, estas são horas que você nunca vai esquecer e onde é mais difícil de persistir”, diz Quack.

O percurso foi desde início uma experiência muito agradável, começando com um grupo de golfinhos que por um tempo acompanharam os dois remadores. “Nós ouvimos os animais respirarem muito perto de nós”, diz Quack. Mais tarde, o estreito até a Ponta de São Lourenço (Madeira), foi dramático. Quack: “A corrente estava muito forte e haviam ondas íngremes e completamente imprevisíveis.” Durante o tempo todo acompanhou um barco de apoio o “M.Y. Balancal”, que em caso de emergência poderia intervir

German Watch: Pedindo ao governo federal Alemão por mais empenho em atingir as metas climáticas

Klaus Milke, CEO da “German Watch”, foi um dos primeiros a felicitar a equipa por telefone. “Estamos muito satisfeitos que Veit Quack e Anna Warnke tenham conseguido atingir o seu objectivo e esperamos que a sua grande força e persistência venham a potenciar uma maior exposição à perigosa mudança climática “, disse Milke. O destinatário dessa ação é, em primeiro lugar, o governo federal Alemão.” Para a Alemanha as suas metas de protecção climática auto-impostas para 2020 ainda são  atingíveis, mas precisamos de uma estratégia de implementação concreta anunciada pela ministra do Meio Ambiente Barbara Hendricks. O seu plano de ação climática terá como alvo reduzir as emissões de CO2 criadas em 40 por cento. Pede-se uma ação concreta e compreensível! “Após um declínio nas emissões  que durou cerca de um ano na Alemanha, as emissões voltaram a subir recentemente devido ao boom do carvão.


Cherry Festival


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