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Festival de Arte Camachense
9 a 13 de agosto

A típica freguesia da Camacha acolhe a 25.ª edição do Festival de Arte Camachense, designado por “Art Camacha 2013”, um festival inteiramente dedicado às tradições locais.

Organizado pela Casa do Povo da Camacha, esta edição propõe uma grande variedade de atividades culturais, artesanais e musicais, contando com a participação de diversas grupos folclóricos regionais, nacionais e internacionais.
Quanto às atividades artesanais, além das exposições temáticas de vimes e de bordados no edifício da Casa do Povo da Camacha, será organizada uma Feira de Artesanato e um Atelier de Bordado Madeira.
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Kunstfestival ‘Festival de Arte Camachense
Von 9. bis 13. August

Im August findet in der ursprünglichen Gemeinde Camacha ein Kunstfestival „Art Camacha 2013″ statt, das ausschließlich den lokalen Traditionen gewidmet ist.
Die vom Gemeindehaus Camacha organisierte 25. Ausgabe des Festivals bietet ein umfangreiches Programmangebot aus Kultur, Kunsthandwerk und Musik.

Teil der diesjährigen Veranstaltung ist außerdem eine internationale Folkloreschau, an der verschiedene Gruppen aus dem In- und Ausland und der Region teilnehmen.
Das Kunsthandwerk präsentiert sich auf einer eigenen Messe sowie über ein Atelier mit typischen Stickereien der Madeira-Inseln.

Camachense Art Festival
9th to 13th August

In August, the picturesque village of Camacha hosts another Art Festival, entitled “Art Camacha 2013”, a festival wholly devoted to local traditions.
Organised by Camacha Community Centre, the 25th edition of the Festival features a wide variety of cultural, craft and musical activities.

The festival will integrate an international folk dancing gala session that will join local, national and international folk dancing groups.
For those interested in handicrafts, there will also be a Crafts Fair and a Madeiran Embroidery Workshop.

Madeira Wine Open 2013 Regulation


1. Participação: Aberto (quem não é sócio tem que apresentar o certificado de handicap).
2. Data: 2013-09-08 (Domingo).
3. Modalidade de jogo: Four-Ball-Better-Ball 18 buracos. Competição Não Válida para handicap.
4. Equipas de 2 elementos
5. Limite de Handicap: Homens: 28; Senhoras: 36.
6. Máximo de jogadores: 100 (conta a ordem das inscrições).
7. Saídas: Shotgun às 10h15.
8. Tees de saída: Homens – Brancas / Senhoras – Azuis.
9. Inscrições: Podem ser efectuadas no Clube, através do telefone nºs 291790120/291790126, ou
através do E-mail: Inscrições encerram às 18h00 do dia
10. Green-fee para não-sócios: € 40
11. Regras: As regras a aplicar são as aprovadas pelo Royal & Ancient Golf Club of Stº Andrews, e as
regras locais do Palheiro Golfe.
12. Empates: Em caso de empate o desempate será feito sucessivamente pelos melhores 9,6,3, e
último buraco, se o empate continuar, será declarado vencedor, o jogador com o handicap mais
13. Prémios: 1º, 2º e 3º lugar equipas + melhor equipa não-sócios ; drive mais longo e bola mais
perto ao buraco para senhores, senhoras e jovens. Entrega de prémios após o almoço (hora
estimada 17h00) Se alguma equipa com prémio a receber não estiver presente na entrega de
prémios, o prémio vai para a equipa seguinte e assim sucessivamente.
14. Anulação e /ou Alteração do Regulamento: Em qualquer altura antes do torneio começar, a
comissão Técnica reserva o direito de completar ou alterar o presente regulamento.
15. Comissão Técnica do Torneio: Humberto Jardim; Maria Stangl ; Patrícia Rodrigues; Edgar
16.Comissão de Handicaps: Pedro Ferreira; Fernanda Cuckney; Roger Smith.

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Madeira Wine Open 2013

1. Participation: Open (non members have to bring a valid handicap certificate).
2. Date: 2013-09-08 (Sunday).
3. Format: Four-Ball-Better-Ball (Stableford), 18 holes. Non Qualifying Competition.
4. Teams of 2.
5. Handicap Limit: Men: 28; Ladies: 36.
6. Maximum of participants: 100 (according to their entry date)
7. Tee time: Shotgun at 10.15.
8. Tees: Men – White / Ladies – Blue.
9. Entries: in the Clubhouse, or by phone 291790126 / 291790120, or by E-mail: Entry list closes on the 5th September, 2013.
11. Green-fee for non-members: € 40.
12. Rules: the rules are those approved by Royal & Ancient Golf Club of Stº Andrews, plus Palheiro
Golf local rules.
13. Ties: In the event of a tie a count back will be made, best last 9, 6, 3, and last hole, if a tie
continues the lower HCP is the Winner.
14. Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Team plus “best guest”-team, nearest to the pin and longest drive for men,
ladies and juniors. Prize giving during the lunch (estimated time 17:00). Any team/player winning a
prize has to be present at the prize giving; otherwise the prize goes to the next team/player on the
15. The committee in charge of the competition reserves the right to change or alter these
regulations at any time before a tournament.
16. Tournament Committee: Humberto Jardim, Maria Stangl; Patricia Rodrigues; Edgar Rodrigues.
17. Handicap Committee: Pedro Ferreira; Fernanda Cuckney; Roger Smith.


Photo from left to right: Me (Paul Watson) of, Luke Kilgour and father Neil Kilgour.

Madeira Island: 14 Year-old LUKE KILGOUR takes the decision to release potential junior world record Atlantic Blue Marlin estimated at weighing 1100lbs.

Funchal, Madeira, July 13th, 2013 – Today was an epic end to a two-day fishing trip I booked for clients from England, Neil (Father) and son Luke Kilgour (14 years old). Yesterday we had a big blue marlin of around 800lbs come up on the short left and took a massive bite with head and shoulders out of the water, she took the lure and ran with it for 50 metres but that was it, she came free.

TODAY THOUGH, Luke who has never caught anything bigger than a small Pufferfish before and who was enjoying his first blue marlin fishing experience ever (as a Christmas present from Dad), was lucky to see another monster blue marlin come up in the spread. With head and broad shoulders out of the water she looked at the short left corner first and then crossed over to the short right corner. It was just after noon and it seemed an eternity as she repeatedly dived down and then came back again to the lure. After a minute had passed by she finally committed and went for the short right. What followed was a show by a pure ‘hollywood’ fish with ‘greyhounding’ across the surface and multiple jumps.

The crew onboard BALANCAL today were skippers Anibal Fernandes, myself (Paul Watson) and Claudio Agrela. Claudio and I were working the deck and we just looked at each other and exclaimed BIG FISH!!!!!! Luke was in the chair and after a two hour fifteen minute epic battle the blue marlin was alongside. Anibal who is well used to estimating weights on big blues put her at a solid 1100lbs, but for good orders sake we will report her as a ‘grander’ plus! The tail fin height alone was WELL OVER a metre! Even though this fish would have smashed the existing junior record (around 800lbs I believe), the decision was taken by all onboard to resuscitate and release the fish. We did this by attaching a rope to the snooter that we were already using to control the fish and by towing the big old girl for a period of 45 minutes before finally letting her swim off to fully recover. What a lucky boy Luke is! In the picture is from left to right, myself (Paul Watson of, Luke Kilgour and dad, Neil Kilgour.

Congratulations Luke from us all at BALANCAL and MADEIRA CHARTERS.

A 6-minute video is available at:


About Big Game Fishing on the M.Y. Balancal

The ‘Skipper’

Captain Anibal Fernandes is recognised as one of Madeira’s most experienced fisherman. Anibal spent twenty years fishing commercially in South Africa before returning to his native Madeira in 1982. It was at this time that he met Roddy Hayes and eventually became the skipper of ‘Anguila’. Their first season together was one of the most successful ever, with over 80 Blue Marlin caught and tagged. He went on to skipper both ‘Lara Jade’ and ‘Margarita’ and during this time guided anglers to almost 20 ‘granders’. He has now been the skipper of ‘Balancal’ for almost five years.

Motor Yacht Balancal

The Balancal is a British-built Lochin 333 Flybridge sportfisherman, launched in 2001. She was originally commissioned as a private sportfishing yacht and still continues to serve her owners in that capacity, but for the last three years she has also been placed in charter, taking her guests to sea in comfort and safety.

The 33-foot Lochin hull has proved itself in a variety of demanding roles, including that of RNLI lifeboat, and is renowned for its seakeeping and safety. The Balancal is powered by twin 300 hp Perkins diesel engines giving her both speed and manoeuverability. The interior is outfitted to yacht standards with a spacious open cabin and marine head.

A comprehensive ensemble of fishing tackle is carried. For blue marlin we fish with four 130 lb outfits comprising bent butt chair rods and Shimano Tiagra 130 reels spooled with dacron backing and hi-visibility nylon monofilament topshot. A range of lighter tackle is employed for smaller game fish. The lure box is equipped with a select collection of proven artificial baits.

Over the last seven years, despite spending relatively little time on the water, the Balancal has more than proved herself as a fish raiser with notable highlights including a fish of over 1000 lbs hooked and lost in September 2003, a giant fish estimated at 1100+ lbs released in September 2004, a double hookup with two fish estimated at 700 and 1000 lb+ in June 2005, and in July 2006 the successful catch and release of three blue marlin in a single day.

Captain Anibal’s unequalled experience at the helm, combined with the capabilities and equipment of the Balancal, provide her anglers with the best possible chance of success.

The boats’ videographer specializing in big game fishing can be booked by appointment to record your day’s charter.


Foto de esq. para dir.: eu (Paul Watson) de, Luke Kilgour e pai Neil Kilgou

LUKE KILGOUR com 14 anos resolve largar Espadim Azul, potencialmente o recorde mundial para juniores, com peso estimado de 1,100 libras (500 Kg).

Funchal, Madeira, 13 de Julho, 2013 – Hoje foi um final inesquecível para 2 dias de pesca grossa que organizei para clientes vindos da Inglaterra; Neil (pai) e filho Luke Kilgour (com 14 anos). Ontem tivemos um espadim azul grande com cerca de 800 libras que se lançou à amostra esquerda curta com cabeça e ombros fora de água levando-a cerca de 50 metros antes do peixe se conseguir soltar.

NO ENTANTO HOJE…Luke, que nunca tinha pescado algo maior do que uma cavala e que estava gozar a sua primeira experiência de pesca grossa (presente de Natal do pai), teve a sorte de ver mais um espadim enorme invadir o conjunto das amostras. Com cabeça e ombros largos fora de água, ela olhou primeiro ao canto curto esquerdo e depois cruzou para o canto curto direito. Era um pouco depois do meio dia e pareceu uma eternidade quando ela mergulhou repetidamente e voltou à amostra. Passado um minuto ela finalmente resolveu e atacou ao canto curto direito.  O que seguiu foi “Hollywood” autêntico – o peixe “galgando” através da superfície com múltiplos saltos.

A tripulação abordo do BALANCAL era o Capitão Aníbal Fernandes, eu próprio (Paul Watson) e Claudio Agrela. Claudio e eu estávamos a trabalhar o “deck” e olhamos um para outro exclamando “BIG FISH!!!” Luke estava sentado na cadeira e apôs uma enorme luta de 2 horas e quinze minutos o espadim azul estava ao lado da embarcação. O Aníbal que tem muita experiencia em estimar o peso dos espadins azuis calculou uns 1,100 libras (cerca de 500kg), mas vamos reportá-la como “grander plus”.  A altura da cauda era BASTANTE ACIMA de um metro. Apesar da possibilidade deste peixe demolir o recorde mundial de juniores (cerca de 800 libras creio eu), a decisão foi tomada para ressuscitar e libertar o peixe.  Fizemos isto amarrando um cabo ao “snooter” que estávamos já a usar para controlar o peixe e rebocando a grande senhora durante um período de 15 minutos até finalmente deixá-la nadar para se restabelecer. Que sorte para o Luke !

Parabéns Luke de todos nos no BALANCAL e MADEIRA CHARTERS.

Um vídeo de 6 minutos está disponível em:

Para mais informações, contatar: Jonathan Fletcher em 291 790 120



For Immediate release – 20thousand Strokes

Na passada 2ªfeira, 1 de Julho de 2013, dois corajosos canoístas alemães, na companhia do M.Y. Balancal participaram de uma aventura ousada: a travessia a remo num Kayak (caiaque) desde o Porto Santo até à Madeira.

Os protagonistas Veit Quack e Eran Davidson queriam provar que qualquer pessoa é capaz de fazer e atingir algo de extraordinário. “Não é preciso ser um campeão mundial ou um génio. Basta seguir os seus sonhos e trabalhar com determinação.”
Com esta aventura os canoístas quiseram também promover a consciencialização para a subida do nível da água do mar.
A aventura teve início da manhã do dia 01 de Julho no Porto Santo, mas infelizmente, e por razões atmosféricas adversas a travessia teve de ser  interrompida. O M.Y. Balancal acabou por trazer os dois canoístas em segurança até ao porto do Funchal.

20thousand Strokes

On Monday the 1st of July 2013, 2 courageous Germans used the Funchal based Motor Yacht. Balancal to accompany a daring adventure: rowing from Porto Santo to Madeira in a special designed Sea-Kayak.
Veit Quack and Eran Davidson wanted to prove one thing first and foremost: Anyone is capable of making a difference, of achieving something extra ordinary! You don’t have to be a world-champion or high-flyer. It suffices to follow your dreams and determinedly work towards them.
With this adventure the hobby kayakers also want to raise awareness about the consequences of rising sea levels.
The adventure started early in the morning on the 1st of July on Porto Santo but unfortunately due to weather reason the crossing had to be stopped. The waves were too high for the Kayak. The M.Y. Balancal brought them back safely to the Funchal harbour.

For further information please contact – Jonathan Fletcher

Jonathan Fletcher

Balancal Game Fishing
Rua da Estalagem, 23
9060-415 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
T. +351 291 790 350
F. +351 291 794 985



Villas Palheiro Estate

A select number of villa plots are also available for development near the Golf Clubhouse; Palheiro Real Estate offers a full turn-key service to assist you in creating your dream villa.

Palheiro Village – Property Rentals

A range of fully furnished villas and apartments are also available for holiday rentals. Guests can enjoy the facilities of the Estate from the privacy of their own rental property.

Palheiro Village – Freehold property sales

Palheiro Village is an award-winning development of luxury freehold apartments and detached villas in a private condominium, with a central Forum building which includes a heated 18 m swimming pool, pool bar, and viewing deck, and reception room for residents and guests. A full range of property management services are available on site from Palheiro Property Management. Palheiro Village offers property purchasers a superb location; the properties are beautifully integrated into a south-facing hillside with spectacular views over Funchal Bay. Residents enjoy privileged access to the facilities of the Estate, including Palheiro Golf, the Casa Velha hotel and the Palheiro Spa.

Palheiro Golf course

Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate the 18-hole, par 72 Championship golf course, designed by renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland embroidered with lush, sub-tropical vegetation. At nearly 500 m above sea level, the location is blessed with dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and the Bay of Funchal below.
This picturesque layout with year-round appeal takes full advantage of Madeira’s hilly terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys providing a compelling challenge for even the most seasoned golfer. Play calls for a fair degree of accuracy – the contoured fairways and strategically placed bunkers guarding fast, undulating greens mean there’s little room for error.

Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel and restaurant

The first Count of Carvalhal created a hunting lodge in the heart of Palheiro Estate over 200 years ago. This has now been converted into a 5-star country house hotel which is a member of Relais & Châteaux. It has just 37 beautifully-decorated rooms as well as a restaurant which is a reference for Madeiran epicure. Guests can enjoy the superb facilities of the new Palheiro Spa and privileged access to Palheiro golf course and gardens.

Palheiro Golf Restaurant , Tea-house

The stylish Palheiro Golf Clubhouse, with its panoramic terrace commanding uninterrupted views of Funchal harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, features a superb restaurant managed by the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel.
The Tea House, located in the heart of Palheiro gardens, adjoining both Palheiro Golf and the hotel gardens, offers wonderful home-made cakes, pastries and ice-creams for visitors to the gardens as well as light snacks and refreshments for the energy-burning golfers.

Palheiro Spa

The Palheiro Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments within a peaceful garden environment. In this unique oasis setting, experienced therapists can massage away the stresses of everyday life with selected aromatic essences. The Spa has a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Palheiro Gardens

These gardens were started by the first Count of Carvalhal two centuries ago, and have been continually nurtured and improved by the Blandy family. The gardens are famous for Camellias and the beauty of their setting among ancient trees as well as the rich collection of plants from all over the world. Some 45,000 visitors a year enjoy the delights of Palheiro Gardens.


The sport fishing boat M.Y. Balancal, moored in Funchal marina, is available exclusively for residents and guests of Palheiro Estate. This is an ideal way to see Madeira Island, to watch whales and dolphins or to enjoy big game fishing.

Madeira Island – Portugal



Atlantic Festival
8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June – Fireworks Contest

Madeira Wine Rally
2nd to 4th August

Madeira Wine Festival
1st to 8th September – Entertainment in downtown Funchal
7th September – Live Harvest in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos

Columbus Festival – Porto Santo Island
19th to 21st September

Madeira Nature Festival
29th September to 6th October

End of the Year Madeira Festivities
1st December – Beginning of the illuminations in downtown Funchal
8th December to 6th January, 2014- General illumination of Funchal amphitheatre
13th December to 6th January, 2014 – Christmas decorations and exhibitions in downtown
31st December – New Year’s Eve rework display


Weddings and Special Events

Palheiro Estate offers a myriad of different opportunities to celebrate weddings and other special occasions.
Unforgettable scenery and discreet service will make your event unique.
At Palheiro Estate we will tailor make the perfect package for that unforgettable event.

For more information please contact us here.

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Casa Velha Seasonal Package

Enjoy the different festivities during your stay – Madeira Island

Atlantic Festival
XXVI Classic Car Rally
Madeira Wine Rally
Madeira Wine Festival
Columbus Festival – Porto Santo Island
Madeira Nature Festival
End of the Year Madeira Festivities

For more information, and bookings please email:

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



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8th ‘Quinhentista’ Market – Machico
June, 7th to 9th
The municipality of Machico, in cooperation with the local Elementary and Secondary School, promotes every year this important cultural project by evoking and recreating the historical period of the islands discovery.The ‘Quinhentista’ Market (Fifteenth Century Market) has continuously increased its prominent cultural status by offering a series of cultural and musical activities.
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34th Madeira Music Festival – Funchal
June, 7th to 16th
Some of the most emblematic buildings of Funchal city centre, such as the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre and the Colégio Church, will host the Madeira Music Festival 2013.Part of the Atlantic Festival programme, this music festival highlights several top quality musical performances executed by Portuguese and foreign artists.The 34th edition will gather several national and international renowned artists, such as the Paulo Ribeiro Company, Sigiswald Kuijen, the Trio Chausson and Eldar Nebolsin amongst others.
Organized and supervised by the Regional Secretariat for Culture, Tourism and Transports (SRT), through the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs (DRAC), the event sets the difference for the singular excellence of its classical music concerts and the rich heritage of Madeira Islands.

Atlantic Festival – Funchal
June, 8th to 29th
In June, the Madeira Islands host one of its most well-known international tourism events that integrate the island’s tourist entertainment calendar.
Pyro musical shows on every Saturday night, the Madeira Music Festival and the Regional Arts Week are distinctive references of this festival, turning Madeira’s capital into a genuine stage of culture.
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Popular Marches  – Funchal
June 12th, 13th and 23rd
The month of June celebrates the festivities in honour of the popular saints, beginning with Santo António (Saint Anthony), commemorated with a particular interest by the local parishioners.On June 23rd, other municipal parishes of Funchal, like São Pedro and São João, also organizes popular marches along Rua das Pretas, Rua da Carreira and Rua de São João streets, a very lively celebration typical of the popular saint’s festive evenings.

Cherry Festival -  Jardim da Serra
June, 15th and 16th
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 offers a wide range of sports and leisure activities that culminate with an ethnographic parade in a tribute to the harvesting of this delicious fruit.

Feast of St John  – Porto Santo
June, 20th to 24th
The Feast of St. John is one of the main and most famous popular attractions of Porto Santo Island, standing out for its popular saint’s march integrating several groups dressed appropriately for the occasion and parading through the main streets of the city centre to the sound of popular music, crackling bonfires and sweet basil scent in the air. At the same time, numerous sport and cultural activities take place, ranging from golf and tennis tournaments, gastronomic displays to musical entertainment.

Feast of St. John’s Altars  - Funchal
June, 21st to 29th
This popular festivity is deeply lived and preserved in Madeira cultural traditions.Some streets and squares of Funchal downtown (Rua da Figueira Preta, Rua da Conceição, Travessa dos Reis and Largo do Carmo) are beautifully decorated in an atmosphere characteristic of the islands religious festivities. This occasion also provides the opportunity of experiencing a social gathering in which both locals and tourists can taste some of the regional delicacies while enjoying a very lively musical ambiance.

Feast of St. Peter  - Ribeira Brava
June, 28th and 29th
The municipality of Ribeira Brava, located to the west of Madeira Island, hosts the popular saints’ marches in honour of Saint Peter.This event of popular roots is characterised by an ambiance typical of the religious festivities where food and beverage stalls can be found.These festivities culminate at midnight with a fireworks display, filling up the skies of the village with light and colour.

58th Agriculture Fair  - Santa, Porto Moniz
June, 28th to 30th
Organised for the first time in 1955, this agricultural fair is promoted to encourage the development of the animal breeding sector in the island, displaying livestock and objects associated to the farming activity.This festival also presents outdoor stands that offer local gastronomic delicacies and beverages in a setting very similar to a religious popular feast.