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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

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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!).”

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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.




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.


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

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A “Quinta Santa Luzia” pertencente à família Blandy desde 1826. Situada a 10m do centro do Funchal comprada por John Blandy é uma das poucas quintas tradicionais madeirenses ainda com actividade agrícola.

Quinta de Santa Luzia aberto ao público desde 2009  fez parte de um projecto que visa responder ao número crescente de pessoas que queriam visitar uma vinha perto do Funchal, enquanto contribui para a preservação de um oásis verde junto ao coração da capital madeirense.

Nesta propriedade poderão encontrar as castas recomendadas para o Vinho da Madeira: Sercial  seco; Verdelho meio seco;  Malvasia doce e ainda a casta Terrantez estilo meio seco uma das poucas vinhas desta casta existentes na ilha está nesta Quinta.

Ao caminhar pela propriedade poderão ver o legado deixado pelas várias gerações da família Blandy que lá viveram, terão a possibilidade de ficar a conhecer todo o processo que envolve o Vinho da Blandy’s Madeira desde o momento do cultivo da vinha, ao nectar em garrafa. Esta visita inicia-se e termina nas adegas  Blandy´s  Wine Lodge com uma degustação.

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: |

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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:

Information: Madeira Tourism