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From the 8th of December to the 6th of January of 2014

The arrival of the decorative lights in the streets of the city centre of Funchal, during the month of December, marks the beginning of the Christmas and New Year festivities.
These commemorations consist of a rich and extensive programme of cultural, religious, ethnographic and artistic manifestations that takes place throughout the entire month of December and ends with the celebration of Twelfth Night.

At this time of the year, Funchal transforms itself into a crib of real life proportions, the streets become decorated with multi-coloured flowers and lights of all sizes, forming shapes and figures allusive to the season. In the streets and squares, everyone partakes in the sound of the contagious music of the concerts, the performances of the philharmonic bands and of the folklore groups, in addition to the Christmas exhibitions, authentic living portraits of Madeirean traditions.

In Madeira, the preparations for “A Festa” (the Festivity) are lived with special enthusiasm, which is the nickname that the Madeireans have given to identify Christmas as their party par excellence. They commence at the beginning of December with the setting up of the “lapinha” (crib) and with the confection of various delicacies and pastries, namely the famous honey cake, corn bread, homemade liqueurs and the preparation of pork in wine and garlic, which is one of the most famous culinary dishes of Madeira.
Another living tradition of this season is the celebration of the 9 Childbirth Masses, which take place at dawn to announce the Birth of the Boy Jesus, accompanied by hymns sung by locals, normally in churchyards, filled with Christmas decorations and where traditional drink and food typical of the season is offered to those present. On 23rd December the traditional Market Night Party celebration is held, where the Madeireans do their last-minute Christmas shopping and where one can savour the various traditional snacks and drinks of the season.
After the Christmas commemorations the high spirits continue, in anticipation of the New Year Festivities, with the famous fireworks display, officially recognized by the  Guinness World Records, in 2006, as the largest display of fireworks in the world.


Programme between – 18th to 20th December

18 Dez
10am- 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folkore Groups – Funchal city centre
7pm- “Christmas at Pontinha’ – APRAM – Madeira Maritime Station
7pm- 7.50pm – Youth Choir of the DRE/Arts Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral
8pm- 8.50pm- Clarinet Ensemble of the DRE/Arts Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace

19 Dez
10am- 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folkore Groups – Funchal city centre
7pm- 7.50pm – ChiIdren’s Choir of the DRE/Arts Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral
8pm-8.50pm – Percussion Ensemble of the DRE/Arts Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace

20 Dez
10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folkore Groups – Funchal city centre
11am-11.50am – Bisel Consort of the DRE/Arts Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace
6pm- 6.50pm – Youth Choir of the DRE/Arts Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral
7.30pm- 8.30pm – Performance by the Black and White Dixieland Jazz Band- north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace
8pm – “It’s Christmas in the Municipal Garden”, by the Geringonça Entertainment Association – until December 31” – Auditorium of the Municipal Garden

Information and photo by Turismo da Madeira

Eventos Especiais no Restaurante Clubhouse

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Celebre as festas connosco. O nosso Restaurante, com esplanada com vista panorâmica sobre o Funchal todo iluminado, está à
vossa disposição. Junte os seus amigos, familiares, a sua empresa e delicie-se com as nossas sugestões de menus.


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


Faça a sua reserva através do e-mail ou através do telefone 291 603 747.

Consulte as sugestões de Menu aqui.

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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.

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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


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

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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 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:


For your information we now have our own youtube channel for Madeira Marlin (Balancal)

Please visit us here


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