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02 welcome to madeira
- location and climate
- discover an enchanted island!
- funchal
08 nature
- gardens
- laurissilva forest
- nature reserves
18 walks and levadas
20 wellness
22 gastronomy
24 madeira wine
26 culture
- monuments
- museums
36 animation
- madeira islands walking festival
- madeira orienteering festival
- carnival
- madeira island golf open
- flower festival
- atlantic festival
- tour of madeira in classic cars
- funchal jazz festival
- madeira wine rally
- wine festival
- columbus festival
- new year celebrations
44 shopping
46 sports
58 golf
62 attractions you must not miss
72 porto santo
- wellness at porto santo
- how to get to porto santo
- what to see
- what to do
- sports
84 useful information
87 tourist offices

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Madeira Islands Guide

  1. 1. madeira and porto santo guide
  2. 2. . contents 02 welcome to madeira - flower festival - location and climate - atlantic festival - discover an enchanted island! - tour of madeira in classic cars - funchal - funchal jazz festival - madeira wine rally 08 nature - wine festival - gardens - columbus festival - laurissilva forest - new year celebrations - nature reserves 44 shopping 18 walks and levadas 46 sports 20 wellness 58 golf 22 gastronomy 62 attractions you must not miss 24 madeira wine 72 porto santo 26 culture - wellness at porto santo - monuments - how to get to porto santo - museums - what to see - what to do 36 animation - sports - madeira islands walking festival - madeira orienteering festival 84 useful information - carnival - madeira island golf open 87 tourist offices madeira and porto santo guide .
  3. 3. welcome to madeira . madeira and porto santo guide
  4. 4. In fact, you don’t have to travel a long way to find the cacy. For more energetic visitors there is scuba-diving, ideal holiday destination. There are a thousand and surfing, windsurfing or jet-skiing. one reasons for visiting Madeira! Romantics may prefer a wonderful sailboat trip along the In addition to its stunning scenery and luxuriant moun- coast to enjoy the sunset. tains, this archipelago also includes a mild climate all year round, a warm welcome and peace, safety and se- But to make this your dream holiday, you really must spend curity among its charms. some time on the paradisiacal island of Porto Santo 40 km from Madeira, only 5 minutes by plane or h0 on the ferry. The “golden island” is blessed with 9 km of To really get to know Madeira, climb to the top of a moun- fine, unpolluted sand washed by a clear, calm sea - all tain and enjoy fantastic, breathtaking views or follow the you need for a perfect stay. trails and paths in the Laurissilva Forest along more than ,400 km of levadas in a unique encounter with the island’s Happiness is so near! soul. Feel the energy flowing from the cosmopolitan ambi- ance of Funchal’s streets and buy some souvenirs, like the famous embroidery, Madeira wine or wickerwork. Try taking a tour around the island, stopping off on the way to admire the landscape or enjoy a traditional deli- madeira and porto santo guide .
  5. 5. location and climate Madeira and Porto Santo and the uninhabited Selvagens and Desertas Islands make up the Madeira Archipelago, which was discovered by the Portuguese in 48. The archipelago is in the Atlantic Ocean, 500 km from the coast of Africa and ,000 km from Europe. It’s only a 90-minute flight from Lisbon. Madeira has an area of 74 km, and is 57 km in length and km in width. Thanks to their excellent geographical location and moun- tainous relief, these islands have surprisingly balmy weath- er, with moderate humidity and pleasant average temper- atures of 5ºC in the summer and 7ºC in the winter. The sea temperature is also very mild, thanks to the in- fluence of the warm Gulf Stream, averaging ºC in the summer and 8ºC in the winter. 4. madeira and porto santo guide
  6. 6. discover an enchanted island! Brava before going up to Encumeada on a road full of belvederes from which you can see the surrounding Although it is small, Madeira is rich in majestic scenery mountain peaks. and rare beauty. Go off and explore the charms and de- lights or this floating garden! If you like, go down to the sunny coast of Ponta do Sol and Calheta, with their tempting bathing areas. Surfers The main places to visit in the Madeira Islands are Funchal, will find the best waves in Europe at the picturesque the capital of the archipelago, Caniço, the east coast (San- beaches of Jardim and Paul do Mar. ta Cruz and Machico), the west coast (Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta), the north coast If you drive up to Paul da Serra, the largest plateau in Ma- (Porto Moniz; São Vicente and Santana) and Porto Santo. deira, stop to take in the fine view of the northern and southern slopes. Then go down to Porto Moniz and re- Going west from Funchal you will come to Câmara de Lo- fresh yourself with a swim in the natural pools formed in bos, a typical fishing town, and Cabo Girão, the highest sea the lava that once flowed down to the ocean. cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world (580 m). Nearby is the curious village of Curral das Freiras. Our journey continues to São Vicente, on a road scattered with waterfalls, where the majestic green of the hillsides It is located in a deep valley and has one of the island’s contrasts with the crystalline blue of the sea. most spectacular landscapes, where dizzying views (over 500 meters high, from its belvedere- Eira do Serrado) will When you get to São Vicente visit the caves and the vol- take your breath away. cano centre and the Museum Centre – Lime Route or Continuing westward, visit the pleasant town of Ribeira simply take a stroll through the town’s pleasant streets. madeira and porto santo guide .5
  7. 7. From here you can also go back up to Encumeada, de- Islands and the fabulous view of the bay from the São lighting your senses with the luxuriant vegetation of the Gonçalo Belvedere. Laurissilva “laurel Forest “ or go on to Santana, discover- ing small belvederes on the way. Breathe in the countless views on this island of such out- standing natural beauty! In Santana you must visit the typical A - framed thatched roof houses, the theme park and Queimadas, which is funchal the starting point for excellent walks like Caldeirão Verde. The descent to Faial is a pleasant surprise thanks to the The capital of the archipelago is on the south coast of impressive beauty of the surrounding mountains. Madeira in a beautiful bay washed by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by green mountains and deep valleys. When you get to Faial you can choose between Machico or a visit the island’s interior, taking the road to Ribeiro Frio, Funchal was erected to city on August 508 and is Poiso and Pico do Areeiro. This peak is the island’s third now the main centre for trade, tourism and culture in highest point (,88 m) and here we can find beautiful rock the whole archipelago. formations reaching into the sky like timeless statues. Explore this traditional but cosmopolitan city, strolling through its charming streets lined with pretty, flower- If you choose to go to Machico, be sure to visit Caniçal and decked houses. Ponta de São Lourenço, the island’s easternmost point. On the old road back to Funchal, at Ponta de Garajau, Walk around its old, carefully restored squares with their Caniço, make sure to stop and look out at the Desertas traditional Portuguese paving and typical Madeiran ar- . madeira and porto santo guide
  8. 8. The late afternoon is ideal for walking along the seaside promenades. If you enjoy panoramic views, don’t miss the chance of an unforgettable trip on a cable car. The cable cars between Funchal and Monte and between the Botanical Garden and Babosas (Monte) are the fast- est way to get there while offering some spectacular scenery. chitecture. Take in the city’s museums and monuments and its art galleries with collections of works by Portu- Whatever you choose, make the most of the chance to guese and foreign artists. see a new world where tranquillity and a warm welcome make the difference. Take a walk round Funchal’s Marina watch the sailboats and, further on, the cruise ships that stop over Funchal from all over the world. You can also walk round in the city’s gardens and look at the exotic, carefully tended multi-coloured flowers. If you would like to see the Madeiran coast from a differ- ent angle and enjoy some fresh sea air at the same time, go on a trip in a yacht or catamaran, or journey back in time on a replica of Christopher Columbus’s ship. madeira and porto santo guide .7
  9. 9. nature 8. madeira and porto santo guide
  10. 10. Dive in to the fascination of the deep blue sea in con- gardens trast with the emerald green of the islands’ moun- tains! This is Madeira, an island whose beauty is a gift botanical garden from mother nature. In its more than 5,000 m of flower beds we find in ex- cess of 2,000 exotic plants from all over the world living One of Madeira’s greatest tourist attractions is its varied, and flowering here as happily as in their original habitat. luxuriant vegetation, with a combination of tropical and In view of the growing loss of biodiversity and habitats Mediterranean characteristics resulting in a mosaic in dif- worldwide, this garden has become a focus of science and ferent shades of green. culture aimed at preserving endangered plants. Madeira is also famous for the harmonious forms and con- Whether you are a nature lover, botanist or tourist, if you trasting colours of its countless exotic plants from almost want to take a world tour of the plant kingdom, visit the all over the world, which seem so at home here. natural history museum the herbarium. You will also Thanks to the exceptional climate, you can admire flow- encounter a fine collection of exotic birds within Loiros ers like orchids, birds of paradise, anthuriums, magno- Garden; a visit here is much like a safari through a world lias, azaleas and proteas in their natural environment all full of colourful parrots. year round. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:0 p.m. Except on 5th December. Explore the wide variety of lovingly tended gardens and parks that fill the air with unimaginable shades and perfumes. Caminho do Meio - Bom Sucesso P.O 904-5 Funchal Phone: (+5) 9 00 Fax: (+5) 9 0 E-mail: jardimbotanico.sra@gov-madeira.pt madeira and porto santo guide .9
  11. 11. www.madeirabotanicalgarden.com palheiro gardens In addition to their panoramic views, the Palheiro Gardens quinta das cruzes garden with spacious lawns and lakes boast some of the rarest This garden is in the park attached to the Quinta das and most valuable exotic plants in the world. Open Cruzes Museum and has a wide variety of endemic and Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:0 p.m. exotic plants. Palheiro Ferreiro - Funchal Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and Phone: (+5) 9 79 044; Fax: (+5) 9 79 0 p.m. to 5:0 p.m. Closed on Monday and public holidays. Calçada do Pico, nº E-mail: gardens@palheiroestate.com 9000-0 Funchal www.palheiroestate.com Phone: (+5) 9 740 70; Fax: (+5) 9 74 84 monte palace tropical garden E-mail:museuquintadascruzes@museuquintadascruzes.com The Monte Palace Tropical Garden is at Monte Palace www.museuquintadascruzes.com Quinta, which belongs to the Joe Berardo Foundation. quinta magnólia garden The garden boasts plants from all over the world on We can see a variety of exotic plants in the vast green are- which a wide amount species have already been planted, as in the gardens of this fine example of a Madeiran quinta. including azaleas, heather, different trees and a wide vari- The garden is in Rua Dr. Pita in Funchal and is open every ety of ferns. It also has a collection of cycads (Encephalar- day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. tos), considered living fossils. The garden contains around Rua Dr.Pita,0 - 9000 - 089 Funchal 0 of the 7 known species. Phone: (+5) 9 74 598 It also has an area devoted to Madeiran flora, where we find most of the Macaronesian Laurissilva varieties and 0. madeira and porto santo guide
  12. 12. other endangered species like Pittosporum coriaceum, hybrids and rare species arouse visitors’ curiosity for the popularly known as mocan. rest of the year. The Monte Palace Tropical Garden is open daily from 9 Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:0 p.m. Closed a.m. to p.m., except on 5th December. on Sunday and public holidays. Caminho do Monte - 9050 - 88 Funchal Rua Lombo da Boa Vista - Funchal Phone: (+5)9 74 50 or 9 78 9 Phone.: (+5) 9 0 48; Fax: (+5) 9 0 09 Fax: (+5) 9 78 7 E-mail: patrickgarton@hotmail.com E-mail: info@montepalace.com www.montepalace.com orchid garden This orchid jungle boasts more than 50,000 plants and is quinta da boa vista gardens one of a kind in Europe. One of the main aims of Quinta da Boa Vista is to take ad- Here we can see interesting laboratory reproduction work vantage of Madeira’s matchless climate to recreate habi- and its plants flower all year round. Open daily from 9 a.m. tats similar to those of many highly endangered species. to p.m. except 5th December. It has sections devoted to Bromeliads from South Amer- 7, Rua Pita da Silva (below Botanical Gardens) ica, Martinets from Australia and Aloes from Africa. Phone: (+5) 9 8 444 The quinta’s main attraction is perhaps its orchid collec- E-mail: Info@madeiraorchid.com tion that has been growing and winning awards for 0 www.madeiraorchid.com years now. From December to May the orchid houses put on a spec- Emperor´s Gardens tacular show: Cymbidums, Paphipedilums (lady’s slipper) Quinta do Monte was once the home of Emperor Charles and Lycastes predominate, while a collection of superb I of Austria, who died here, and of other well-known fig- madeira and porto santo guide .
  13. 13. municipal gardens The Municipal Garden, with an area of 8,00 m, also known as Queen Amélia Garden, is on the north side of Avenida Arriaga. It was once the site of the São Francisco Convent and we can still see the convent’s coat of arms on a stone on one ures, like the artist Lourdes de Castro. Its gardens have of the lawns. been restored and it is now called Quinta Jardins do The garden has fine examples of flora from Madeira Imperador. and many other parts of the world, the most important of which are labelled. There is a café for visitors in the famous Malakof Tower. The garden is located in the city centre and also boasts a This tower is particularly beautiful, not only thanks to its fine lake and a stream with fish and birds. It has works of art architecture but also because it affords a view of Monte’s ro- and an auditorium for cultural activities. mantic landscape all the way down to Funchal. Nearby is a Av. Arriaga – Funchal garden of the same name, with a small fountain surrounded Phone: (+5) 9 50 by a vast, multicoloured rose garden. Fax: (+5) 9 50 Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:0 p.m. E-mail: parquesjardinscemiterios@cm-funchal.pt Caminho do Pico - Monte www.cm-funchal.pt Phone: (+5) 9 780 40 www.regency-hotels.com or www.cm-funchal.pt panoramic garden (jardim panorâmico) The Panoramic Garden is located right in the Funchal tour- ist area, between the Promenade “Passeio Público Maríti- . madeira and porto santo guide
  14. 14. mo” and the “Estrada Monumental” road, at “Sítio da Ajuda”. Open daily from 8 a.m to 9 p.m The existing vegetation has been grouped into four dis- , Rua de Janeiro - Funchal tinct categories: Indigenous Coastal Flora, Indigenous Mid- dle Altitude Flora, Cacti and Succulents, and Tropical Zone. quinta do arco rose garden It has a magnificent panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean. In the gardens of Quinta do Arco in Arco de São Jorge Open daily from 7 a.m to 0 p.m on the north coast of the island, you can find one of Por- Estrada Monumental – Funchal tugal’s largest rose collections, including some rare or www.cm-funchal.pt even endangered species. The collection consists of more than ,000 different spe- santa luzia garden (jardim de santa luzia) cies. You can see old and new, rambling and ordinary rose The area around the old long-abandoned Hinton factory, bushes. The most important and the rarest are labelled where liquor and sugar used to be produced, has been with their name and class. transformed into a green area in the centre of Funchal. Open daily from 0 a.m. to p.m. between April and December The enormous old chimney that belonged to the old fac- Roseiral da Quinta do Arco - Sítio da Lagoa tory has remained to remind us of the important role it 90-08 Arco de São Jorge used to play for the Sugar Industry of Madeira. There are Phone: (+5) 9 570 50 Fax: (+5) 9 570 59 around .700 m of green areas, including five different Email: info@quintadoarco.com themed gardens: The Amphitheatre Garden (Jardim do www.quintadoarco.com Anfiteatro), The Tropical Garden (Jardim Tropical), The Wa- ter Garden (Jardim da Água), The Terraced Garden (Jardim santa catarina park dos Socalcos) and The Laurissilva “laurel forest” Garden Santa Catarina Park, with an area of around ,000 m, is (Jardim da Laurissilva). between Avenida do Infante and Avenida Sá Carneiro. It madeira and porto santo guide .
  15. 15. nicipal garden at 550 m and covers an area of ,000 m. It is full of many indigenous and exotic species with some centuries-old trees. It is refreshingly cool thanks to a stream that cascades into its southern part. At the entrance, Largo da Fonte in the shade of huge plane trees has a bandstand and the Virgin’s Spring, with a niche containing an image of Our Lady of the Mount. funchal ecological park This park covers an area of around ,000 hectares. The affords a beautiful view of Funchal from the bay to Ponta considerable differences in altitude and the park’s many do Garajau and its large lawn is surrounded by flower water courses mean that it boasts a wide variety of indig- beds with plant species from all over the world. You can enous flora. Trees such as the stink laurel, (Ocotea foetens), also see aviaries here. Santa Catarina Chapel and a lagoon laurel (Laurus azorica), Madeira mahogany (Persea indica) with a bird island are other attractions. and Canary laurel (Apollonias barbujana) have also been on summertime from 7 a.m to 9 p.m planted there. Shrubs thrive in the higher areas of the on wintertime from 8 a.m to 7 p.m park, with a predominance of tree heath and Madeira bil- Av. do Infante – Funchal berry (Vaccinium padifolium). Between ,550 and ,00 metres above sea level, we find the last two stands of Ma- monte municipal park deira mountain ash (Sorbus maderensis). This mountain Monte’s Park or Leite Monteiro´s Park is the highest mu- ash is a very rare native tree. Where the bird population is 4. madeira and porto santo guide
  16. 16. concerned, we can find a considerable number of species queimadas forest park that usually nest in the Madeira Archipelago. Queimadas is an isolated area 5 km from Santana. It’s an Another special attraction is the unique snow pit, which ideal spot for a picnic or a walk. was once used to store ice. To get there go west from Santana until you come to a Open daily from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. turnoff where the road quickly turns into a rough moun- 0, nr. 59 Estrada Regional tain track. This trail leads through gorse bushes, hydran- Ribeira da Cales – Monte geas and wild flowers right into a wonderful forest. Not Phone: (+5) 9 784 700 Fax: (+5) 9 784 8 far from here is Casa das Queimadas a large thatch-roofed E-mail: pecof@cm-funchal.pt building used by forest rangers. www.cm-funchal.pt Laurissilva - laurel forest, ribeiro frio forest park Located 7 km from Funchal, Ribeiro Frio is known for its unesco heritage site beautiful gardens where plants and trees live side by side in Visit Madeira’s indigenous forest, the same one that João perfect harmony. We can see a variety of native plants, some Gonçalves Zarco and his companions found when they of them quite rare. This is an excellent place for a walk, sa- reached the island in 49. vouring fantastic views from Balcões, where we are stunned Madeira’s natural heritage has been singled out in Europe, by the sublime landscape of the deep valley of Ribeiro do thanks to its amazing richness, diversity and state of pres- Faial and the rocky amphitheatre of central chain mountains, ervation, which is due, in part, to the Madeirans’ respect at the heart of Ruivo’s Peak, the highest point on the island. for their natural heritage. On 2 December 1999, UNESCO recognised this and considered the Laurissilva Forest a World Natural Herit- madeira and porto santo guide .5
  17. 17. hogany, Persea indica, and Canary laurel, Apollonias bar- bujana) and others like the lily of the valley tree, Clethra arborea, or Madeira juniper, Juniperus cedrus. Lower down discover bushes, ferns, mosses, lichens, liverworts and other small typical Laurissilva plants. To which birdlife is concerned, there is the endemic long- toed pigeon (Columba trocaz), typical of the Laurissilva age Site, the only one in Portugal, which now belongs to all humanity. You must find time to admire and enjoy this forest which dates back to the Tertiary Age and survived the last glacia- tions, which confined it to Macaronesia, i.e., Madeira, the Azores, the Canaries and Cape Verde. Madeira has the largest area of this type of forest, about ,000 hectares. It also has the widest variety of fauna and flora with some rare specimens, such as the Madeira or- chid, Dactylorhiza foliosa, which is unique. Feast your eyes on huge trees of the laurel family (stink laurel, Ocotea foetens, laurel, Laurus Azorica, Madeira ma- . madeira and porto santo guide
  18. 18. Forest and the symbol of Madeira Natural Park. their excellent nesting conditions for seabirds. Come and discover a true living relic, a real laboratory The Garajau Partial Nature Reserve was set up in 98 for botanists and plant lovers! and is the country’s only exclusively marine reserve. Amongst the fauna in the park are large fish such as the nature reserves dusky grouper (Epinephelus guaza) and a wide variety of A series of protected land and sea areas make up the other coastal species. most important natural heritage of the Madeira Islands The reserve is considered one of the world’s main ama- making it an excellent destination for eco-tourism. teur diving destinations and a place of great scientific, The Madeira Natural Park was set up in 98 to safeguard Ma- recreational and tourist interest. deira’s natural heritage. It has been classified as a Biogenetic The Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve in Santana was Reserve where we can find unique flora and fauna. set up in 997 at the request of the local population. It Madeira Natural Park covers about / of the territory and includes a strip of sea, a potential habitat for the Mediter- is divided into total and partial nature reserves, protect- ranean monk seal, and a small island on which we can see ed landscapes and recreational areas. rare plants that are endemic to the natural cliff habitats of The Desertas Islands Nature Reserve is the last Atlantic Macaronesia. refuge of the monk seal (Monachus monachus), which was the main reason why it was set up in 990. At the east end of Madeira is the Ponta de S. Lourenço The Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve is in the far south Nature Reserve, set up in 98. of Portuguese territory and was set up in 97, making It has peculiar fauna and flora, thanks to important local it one of the oldest nature reserves in Portugal. These groups practically confined to this area. It also has an ob- islands are considered to be a bird sanctuary, thanks to servation post for environmental education. madeira and porto santo guide .7
  19. 19. Prepare to discover a fantastic natural world on one of the unforgettable walks along the hillsides. From 0 to 1.862 metres high the excitement is guaranteed! levadas Cultural and environmental factors have made walking one of Madeira’s most traditional and popular open-air activities. Lots of people come to the Madeira Islands just to walk the different circuits, discovering the pleasure of close contact with nature. Walk along Madeira’s paths and levadas to the interior of the island and see breathtaking virgin scenery. The levadas are a remarkable, ingenious irrigations sys- tem. These channels are testimony to our ancestors’ gigantic efforts to bring water from the high mountain springs to the slopes and valleys. There are around 1.400 km of levadas in Madeira ready for you to explore and discover breathtaking landscapes. 8. madeira and porto santo guide
  20. 20. The rough Madeiran relief and its mountain environment mean there are routes of rare beauty, but the archipelago offers some very interesting alternatives, where you can choose exclusively mountain, forest, seaside or mixed circuits. Most of the walks are accessible to all though there are different degrees of difficulty and so we suggest you ask your travel agent or consult specialised publications and make sure you have the right gear. If you are really interested in walking with nature, we sug- gest you buy a programme organised by a travel agency or a holiday activity company, which lay on walks with a mountain guide. Never do these walks alone and always take water, provi- sions, a torch a sweater and wear confortable, non slip- pery footwear. On these magnificent walks, hikers of all ages can explore the island’s fabulous unforgettable landscapes. madeira and porto santo guide .9
  21. 21. wellness 0. madeira and porto santo guide
  22. 22. Discover an atmosphere of perfect harmony between and beauty centres, amongst others. man and nature in Madeira, where the saying “a healthy mind in a healthy body” makes a lot of sense. For more demanding customers, Porto Santo boasts a thalassotherapy centre, where experienced staff and ex- Madeira has long been sought out for the therapeutic cellent facilities combine to provide a variety of preven- qualities of its climate in curing stubborn respiratory dis- tive and curative health services. The island’s sand con- eases and still offers its visitors excellent conditions as a tains amazing minerals and is an excellent complement health destination. to treatment for rheumatic diseases. Dive into an island of calm, clear waters and recharge The Madeira Islands are as healthy as they are natural and your batteries with seaweed and plant extracts, the fresh have everything you need for a relaxing or invigorating perfume of flowers, the pure air, and the mild climate. Dis- holiday at any time of year. cover the fertility of the land and the abundant sea-life in dishes that are as healthy as they are delicious and rub shoulders with nature, far from the humdrum bustle of the big city. Make the most of the wide range of facilities offered by most hotels, such as swimming pools, saunas, gyms, tennis courts and massages. Some are real health resorts that combine medical and beauty treatments to offer services like tha- lassotherapy, hydro-massage, Turkish baths, massages madeira and porto santo guide .
  23. 23. gastronomy . madeira and porto santo guide
  24. 24. In the Madeira Islands, you will find typical regional pudding, mousse or ice cream. dishes made from the highest quality ingredients. There For the sweeter tooth, there is a rich variety of sweets. The is also plenty of international cuisine to choose from. most traditional are honey cake and honey corn cakes made with the richest ingredients such as spices and sug- Thanks to its close contact with the sea, most restaurants arcane honey. Cheesecakes and fennel candy are also in Madeira offer excellent seafood and fresh fish dishes. highly appreciated. Limpets, octopus, shrimp, tuna steaks and scabbard- fish fillets are just some of the local delicacies. There is also a wide selection of drinks. Exotic fruit juic- es such as passion fruit, papaya, guava. The celebrated “poncha” made with sugarcane rum, honey and lemon You must try traditional regional dishes like tuna steak and the famous Madeira wines, which can be served as and fried cornbread or the delicious grilled beef on a aperitifs or savoured with a coffee, are also an excellent laurel spit accompanied with sweet potatoes bread choice. “bolo do caco”. Try some of these mouth-watering delights! Other traditional foods are home-made couscous, home- baked sweet potato bread and marinated pork. Fruit lovers will really think they are in heaven! Tropical fruits like mangoes, bananas, avocadoes, custard apples and passion fruits are abundant and their exotic flavours are the perfect end to a meal, either fresh or in a madeira and porto santo guide .
  25. 25. madeira wine 4. madeira and porto santo guide
  26. 26. Madeira’s matchless soil and climate, the production The most well-known dry wine is made from Sercial process and the grape varieties used have made Ma- grapes. This pale, strongly perfumed wine makes an deira wine unique. ideal aperitif. Verdelho leads the medium dry wines. It is golden, delicate and quite perfumed and is the best one Chosen to celebrate the independence of the United for drinking with meals. Boal is medium sweet, smooth, States on 4 July 77, praised by Shakespeare in his plays velvety, noble and dark gold in colour and goes well with and admired by monarchs, princes, generals and explor- roast meat or dessert. Between meals or with dessert, few ers, Madeira wine is certainly a treasure. can resist a Malvasia, a sweet, red, full-bodied, intensely perfumed wine. It is appreciated all over the world and has more than Connaisseurs of this ‘art’ should come to Madeira in Sep- five centuries of history. This ‘nectar of the gods’ is one tember to see and participate in the Madeira grape har- of Madeira’s finest achievements. vest and its festival, a tribute to this age-old product that is recognised worldwide. Just think about the Madeirans’ constructive spirit over the centuries, visible in the hand-tilled vineyards on small plots Savour a glass and drink a toast to life with of land called poios (terraces), sometimes clinging to the Madeira wine… mountain sides. There are more than 0 Madeira wine grape varieties, though the best are Sercial, Boal, Verdelho and Malvasia. madeira and porto santo guide .5
  27. 27. culture . madeira and porto santo guide
  28. 28. Get to know a vast cultural heritage dating back to The region’s historical buildings also play an important the time of the discoveries at museums, churches, part in its range of accommodation, as some of them palaces and mansions and in the Madeiran people’s have been converted into sophisticated family accom- customs, folklore and art. modation at Madeiran quintas. Madeira’s quintas, once the former homes of princes and nobles, together with home-stay tourism, some in seigniorial mansions, are monuments amongst the choices open to you. Funchal is particularly rich in historical heritage sites of interest to tourists, including churches, chapels and forts, many of which are classified as national monuments or museums listed buildings whose beauty leaves no-one indifferent. For those who enjoy rich, diversified cultural activities, Madeira is definitely the place to go! Pieces of the archipelago’s culture and history can be Among the sights particularly worth a visit are São found in its different museums. Lourenço Palace, Pico Fort, Sé (Cathedral), Colégio or Jesuits’ Church, Santa Clara Convent, São Tiago Fort contemporary art museum and the Municipal Market. This museum placed in S. Tiago Fort has a collection of Portuguese contemporary art dating from the 90s to As you tour the island, you will come across monuments the present day. It also organises temporary exhibitions that are part of the archipelago’s history and statues pay- of different artists and institutions. ing tribute to historical figures like one of the discoverer’s of Madeira, João Gonçalves Zarco. madeira and porto santo guide .7
  29. 29. religious art museum This museum has important collections of 16th to 18th century Flemish paintings and religious sculpture and 17th and 18th century objects in gold. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and :0 p.m. to p.m. Sunday from 0 a.m. to p.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays. , Rua do Bispo Open Monday to Saturday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and Phone: (+5) 9 8 900; Fax: (+5) 9 4 p.m. to 5:0 p.m. Closed on Sunday and public holidays. E-mail: masf@netmadeira.com www.museuartesacrafunchal.org Rua do Portão de São Tiago – Fortaleza de São Tiago 900-50 Funchal mário barbeito de vasconcelos library museum Phone: (+5) 9 40; Fax: (+5) 9 48 This museum houses a collection related to Christopher Columbus including maps, prints, rare books, coins and E-mail: mac.funchal.drac@madeira-edu.pt articles alluding to the history of Madeira. www.culturede.com Open Monday to Friday from 0 a.m. to p.m. and .0 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from 9.0 a.m. to p.m. Closed on Sunday and public holidays. 8. madeira and porto santo guide
  30. 30. 48, Avenida Arriaga natural history museum 9000-04 Funchal This museum is in the Madeira Botanical Gardens and Phone: (+5) 9 57; Fax: (+5) 9 89 houses a valuable collection of documents attesting to E-mail: diogosshop@sapo.pt the wealth of the archipelago’s natural heritage and its dynamics in this area. museu henrique e francisco franco This museum has a priceless collection of prints, drawings Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:0 p.m., closed on 5th and sculptures by the brothers Henrique and Francisco December. Franco, Madeiran artists whose works left a significant mark on Portuguese art in the late 9th and early 0th century. Caminho do Meio - Qt. do Bom Sucesso Phone: (+5) 9 00; Fax: (+5) 9 0 Open Monday to Friday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and p.m. to p.m. Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. frederico de freitas museum house The jurist Frederico da Cunha e Freitas lived in this Ro- , Rua João de Deus manesque-style house, where he collected “objets d’art”. 9050-07 Funchal The museum house has been restored by the Madeira Re- Phone: (+5) 9 0 ;Fax: (+5) 9 7 gional Government and contains an impressive exhibi- E-mail: museu.franco@cm-funchal.pt tion of different collections including glazed tiles, mugs, www.cm-funchal.pt teapots, ceramics, religious sculpture, old prints and neo- classic and art nouveau furniture. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 0 a.m to 5.0 p.m. Closed madeira and porto santo guide .9
  31. 31. on Sunday, Monday and public holidays. pany, 17th to 19th century Portuguese pottery, Indo-Portu- 7, Calçada de Santa Clara guese and European ivory, Flemish and Portuguese sculp- 9000-0 Funchal ture from the 15th to the 18th century, nativity scenes from Phone: (+5) 9 0 570; Fax: (+5) 9 0 580 the 18th and 19th centuries and paintings and prints from E-mail: cmffreitas@sapo.pt the 16th to the 19th century. www.museumac.com or www.culturede.com Open Tuesday to Sunday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and from p.m. to 5:0 p.m. Closed on Monday and public holidays. quinta das cruzes museum , Calçada do Pico This baroque-style quinta was once the home of the sec- 9000-0 Funchal ond captain donee of Funchal. Today it houses a deco- Phone: (+5) 9 740 70; Fax: (+5) 9 74 84 rative art museum with a vast collection of Portuguese E-mail:museuquintadascruzes@museuquintadascruzes.com and foreign furniture from the 16th to the 19th century, or mqc@netmadeira.com porcelain from Europe and the Portuguese East India Com- www.quintadascruzes.com funchal municipal museum (natural history) In the 9th century, this baroque-style palace was the home of the Counts of Carvalhal and was famous for its receptions. Today, it houses a valuable exhibition of the archipelago’s fauna, flora and geology. It also conducts important scientific research into the Macaronesia region. 0. madeira and porto santo guide
  32. 32. Open Tuesday to Friday from 0 a.m. to p.m., Saturday, 4, Rua da Carreira Sunday and public holidays from :00 p.m. to p.m., 9000-04 Funchal closed Monday and certain public holidays (st January, Phone: (+5) 9 5 050; Fax: (+5) 9 8 74 shrove Tuesday, Sunday Easter, 5th april,st may,st au- E-mail: photographia.vicentes.drac.srec@gov-madeira.pt gust, and 5,th December). www.museumac.com , Rua da Mouraria or www.photographiamuseuvicentes.com.pt 9004-54 Funchal Phone: (+5) 9 9 7; Fax: (+5) 9 5 80 madeira wine museum E-mail: mmf@cm-funchal.pt The museum is in a series of baroque-style buildings www.cm-funchal.pt or www.culturede.com where Madeira wine used to be made, stored, sold and exported and includes the oldest Madeira wine cellars. vicente’s photography museum The museum’s collection includes letters from famous This building was once the home and studio of Vicente personalities, documents from the British companies that Gomes da Silva, a pioneer of photography in Portugal. founded the Madeira Wine Company, books, utensils, a The museum houses backdrops, cameras and negatives 7th century wine press and antique machinery. There is collected over a period of more than 100 years by the also a bar where visitors can taste and buy wine. four generations of photographers in the Vicente fam- ily. It also has archives of photographs from a number of Open from Monday to Friday 9.0 a.m to .0 p.m. Satur- other sources. day from 0 a.m to p.m. Closed on Sunday and public Open Monday to Friday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and p.m. holidays. to 5 p.m., Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Guided tours in English and German, Monday to Friday madeira and porto santo guide .
  33. 33. at 0:0 a.m., :0, :0 and 4:0 p.m., in Portuguese at 5, Praça Colombo :0 a.m. and :0 p.m., French and Spanish at :0 a.m.. 9000-0 Funchal Guided tours in English, Portuguese and German on Sat- Phone: (+5) 9 90; Fax: (+5) 9 4 87 urday at a.m.. Guided tours in Russian on request (in E-mail: museuacucar@cm-funchal.pt advance). Schedules may be changed without notice. www.cm-funchal.pt 8, Adegas de S. Francisco, Avenida Arriaga ibvam museum (embroidery museum ) 9000-04 Funchal This museum shows how Madeira embroidery was made Phone: (+5) 9 740 00; Fax: (+5) 9 740 and has an exhibition of valuable pieces of embroidery, E-mail: rt@madeirawinecompany.com tapestry and inlaid wood. The embroidery is displayed in www.madeirawinecompany.com different outfits and with other items such as furniture. Open Monday to Friday from 9:0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and city sugar museum from p.m. to 5:0 p.m., Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Located at the former residence of the Flemish merchant, public holidays. João Esmeraldo, this museum is dedicated to the manu- facture and export of sugar in Madeira in the 15th and 44, Rua Visconde do Anadia 16th centuries. 9050-00 Funchal Open from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and p.m. to p.m. Monday Phone: (+5) 9 00; Fax: (+5) 9 4 79 to Friday. Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. E-mail: ivbam.sra@gov-madeira.pt www.bordadomadeira.pt . madeira and porto santo guide
  34. 34. casa da luz museum (electricity) Calçada do Pico, This museum is on the site of the old Funchal Power Plant, 9000-0 Funchal which was decommissioned in 989. Its contents include Phone/Fax: (+5) 9 5 rare machinery and equipment more than half a century old. e-mail: cccumjcna@netmadeira.com Open Tuesday to Saturday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and or cccsc.drac@madeira-edu.pt p.m. to p.m., Closed in Sunday, Monday and public holidays. www.universodememorias.com Rua da Casa da Luz, Phone: (+5) 9 480; Fax: (+5) 9 990 monte palace museum E-mail: mcl@eem.pt This museum in the Monte Palace Tropical Garden houses www.eem.pt two permanent collections, one of minerals and the other of contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture. The sculptures ”universe of memories” – j.c. abreu date back to the 950s and 90s and include works by Presenting a collection of pieces amassed during his trav- Tengenenge artists such as Henry Munyaradzi and Ber- els donated by João Carlos Abreu, former Regional Sec- nard Matemera. The mineral collection is organised ac- retary of Tourism and Culture. All the exhibits are closely cording to its aesthetic value. Most of the minerals are connected to the story of his life. Apart from being excel- from Brazil, Portugal, Peru and North America. lent museum pieces, they are also important due to their variety and the fact that they come from the four corners Open daily from 0 a.m. to 4:0 p.m. Closed on 5th December. of the earth. There is a tearoom adjacent to the museum. 74,Caminho do Monte, Open Tuesday to Saturday from 0 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Phone: (+5) 9 74 50 or 9 78 9 on Sunday, Monday and public holidays. Fax: (+5) 9 78 7 madeira and porto santo guide .
  35. 35. E-mail: info@montepalace.com exhibits illustrating Madeiran culture and society. The www.montepalace.com temporary exhibition room shows themes alluding to tra- ditional Madeiran culture. toy museum This museum houses José Manuel Borges Pereira’s collec- Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. tion of old toys together with some contributions from and p.m. to p.m., closed Mondays and public holidays. other private collections. The museum also has a café/ restaurant. 4, Rua de S. Francisco Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m., Sun- 950- Ribeira Brava day from :0 p.m to :0 p.m. Closed on Monday and Phone: (+5) 9 95 598; Fax :(+5) 9 957 public holidays. E-mail: museuetnografico@clix.pt or m.etnografico.drac@madeira-edu.pt 48, Rua da Levada dos Barreiros www.museumac.com or www.culturede.com 9000-0 Funchal Phone: (+5) 99 9 7 calheta casa das mudas art centre ribeira brava This cultural facility in Calheta is divided into two parts, a madeira ethnographic museum mansion built in the 16th century that belonged to a This old baroque mansion now houses the Madeira Ethno- granddaughter of João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer graphic Museum, which has collections of ethnographic of Madeira, and a new, modern wing. 4. madeira and porto santo guide
  36. 36. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 0 a.m. to p.m. and It also presents three different themes areas such as: from p.m. to p.m. Closed on Monday. Natural Values, Rural Heritage, Lime Production and trade. Vale de Amores, 970-Calheta Open Tuesday to Sunday from 0 a.m. to p.m. Guided Phone: (+5) 9 80 900; Fax: (+5) 9 80 9 tours on Saturday, by previous appointment from 0 a.m. E-mail: casadasmudas@netsapo.pt or to 5 p.m. centrodasartes@netmadeira.com Lime Route – Museum Centre são vicente Associação Rota da Cal Sitio dos Lameiros lime route – museum centre 940- S. Vicente This Museum Centre is of great importance due to its Phone: (+5) 9 84 08; Fax: (+5) 9 84 0 great natural and cultural heritage values. This centre en- Cell Phone. :( +5) 95048 closes an approximated area of about 000m, where, E-mail: rotadacal@solarbica.com we can find two limestone quarries, a lime kiln that due www.madeirarotadacal.com to its unique features its believed to be the only one to be found in Europe, apart from a set of fossils over 5 millions ponta delgada years old, apart from other constructions used to support farming and cattle-raising, such as haylofts, cultivation dr. horácio bento de gouveia museum house fields and levadas (water channels), very typical of Madei- Horácio Bento de Gouveia, a Madeiran teacher, journal- ra’s landscape. ist and author of a vast number of published works, was born in this house of typical Madeiran 7th and madeira and porto santo guide .5
  37. 37. 8th century design. Here we can see a variety of an- Sítio da Lagoa tiques and also articles associated with the writer’s 90-08 Arco de São Jorge working life. Phone: (+5) 9 578 0; Fax: (+5) 9 578 Open Monday to Saturday from p.m. to p.m. Closed caniçal on Sunday and public holidays. Sítio dos Terços, Vila de Ponta Delgada whale museum This museum opened to the public in 989 and has a Phone: (+5) 9 8 whaling boat, part of a sperm whale in fibre, showcases E-mail: cmdrhbg@yahoo.com containing whalebone and whale’s teeth and photos and prints of whales. arco de são jorge the arco de são jorge Wine Museum Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 0 a.m. to :00 p.m. and Located in the Experimental Viticulture Field, on a p.m. to p.m., Closed on Monday and public holidays. grape growing property, this museum is an area dedi- Largo Manuel Alves, Vila do Caniçal cated to publicizing the wine produced on Madeira 900-0 Caniçal Island, with an exhibition of some of the equipment Phone: (+5) 9 9 858; Fax: (+5) 9 9 859 used in this activity. All the surrounding garden area E-mail: geral@museudabaleia.org can be visited. www.museudabaleia.org Open Tuesday to Saturday from p.m. to p.m. Other days by appointment. . madeira and porto santo guide
  38. 38. porto santo christopher columbus museum house Columbus’s house consists of two buildings, the older of which dates back to his time on the island. Here were can see portraits of Columbus from the 16th to the 20th century and maps showing his dif- ferent routes. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and p.m. to 5:0 p.m., Sunday from 0 a.m. to p.m. Closed on Monday and public holidays. On Summer time: July to September, Tuesday to Saturday from 0 a.m. to :0 p.m. and from p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from 0 a.m. to p.m. Closed on Monday and public holidays. and 4 Travessa da Sacristia 9400-7 Porto Santo Phone: (+5) 9 98 405; Fax: (+5) 9 98 840 E-mail: casacolombo@casacolombo.pt or casacolombo. drac.srtt@gov-madeira.pt www.museucolombo-portosanto.com madeira and porto santo guide .7
  39. 39. animation Madeira is full of fun as we are a happy bunch! There is a variety of shows, festivals and exhibitions waiting for you! In addition to the natural attractions and year-round spring weather, there is always plenty to do in the Madeira Islands. Throughout the year, there are cultural, entertainment 8. madeira and porto santo guide
  40. 40. and sports events all over the island and they not only to know the Madeira Islands, and to discover the Laurissilva attract the local population but also make holidays un- forgettable. forest, which has been officially designated as World Natu- The main events are the traditional Carnival, Flower Fes- ral Heritage by UNESCO, while, at the same time, spending tival, Wine Festival and New Year celebrations and the a week together with visitors from several different nation- more recent Atlantic Festival. alities, all with one common interest – that of enjoying an madeira islands walking festival The Madeira Islands Walking Festival is an organised active and healthy holiday, in direct contact with nature. group walking programme, in levadas (water channels) built by man during the colonisation of the archipelago or in trails, with specialised guide, during 5 consecutive days in January. madeira orienteering festival A total of 0 walking routes have been chosen, all hav- The Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Transport, through ing been classified and recommended by the Regional Government of Madeira. The participants have at their the Regional Directorate for Tourism, organises during the disposal a list of 4 walks per day, with a range of durations and levels of difficulty. month of January the Orientation Festival of Madeira, an The festival also comes with a strong social component, as the participants shall have the opportunity to visit and get event where competition is combined with leisure. madeira and porto santo guide .9
  41. 41. palhão costume parade. For these days, the streets of Funchal are decorated with lights and flooded with carnival music. Join the fun! This festival provides permanent contact with Nature, madeira island open golf where each participant chooses his/her pace according Like an eternal spring, Madeira is the place, by excellence, to the challenges he/she chooses, amongst the shortest as a golf destination, all year round. The annual Madeira or longest routes, accessible to all lovers of sport in the Open is the most important golf tournament in the Ma- midst of Nature. deira Islands and is part of the Main European PGA Tour, taking place in March at the Santo da Serra Golf Club. Paradise for golf lovers, don’t miss this tournament of the Eu- carnival ropean circuit, taking also the opportunity to get acquaint- The city wakes up on the Friday before Shrove Tuesday to the ed with the other golf courses at Madeira and Porto Santo. sound of bands, samba and carnival parades taking good humour to the whole city centre, continuing in the evenings with shows in Praça do Município for five days running. flower festival Saturday night is the turn of the grand float parade Every year after Easter, Funchal is the stage of a luxuri- showing the creativity of the different troupes. ous treat for the senses, the Flower Festival, celebrating Shrove Tuesday is when Funchal explodes with joy. spring and the season’s exuberant flowering, even more Thousands of revellers from all over the region parade be- intense in Madeira thanks to its subtropical climate. fore a crowd of locals and foreigners who soon get caught The celebrations begin on Saturday morning with the up in the fun of the daring caricatures in the Cortejo Tra- children’s parade, when thousands of kids get dressed 40. madeira and porto santo guide
  42. 42. The Music Festival enables residents and tourists alike to enjoy some of the best examples of our architectural her- itage while listening to high-quality classical music. The Fireworks Competition offers unique moments of splendid pyrotechnics and harmonious music. Every up and come to Praça do Município in the city centre to Saturday night, competitors from the four corners of the build a wall of flowers called the Wall of Hope. earth delight the crowds with joy and colour. Every year, There is another outstanding event the next day, the the best firework companies in the world charm Funchal Grand Flower Parade with dozens of floats and hundreds in what is now a major pyrotechnics event. of people showing off the island’s local flowers filling the air with soft, ephemeral perfumes. So in June the capital of Madeira is full of attractions and At the same time as these events, there are other activities in entertainment with unforgettable shows of great artis- honour of the flower filling this celebration of the senses: un- tic and musical quality and a magic atmosphere. forgettable carpets of flowers, window dressing competi- tions, folklore shows, classical concerts and variety shows. tour of madeira in classic cars Come and experience spring with us! The Tour of Madeira in Classic Cars is an event that is limit- ed to Classic and Vintage Cars, enrolled in the “FIA Historic atlantic festival Regularity Rallies” and included in the FIVA (International The Atlantic Festival takes place in June and involves both Federation of Vintage Vehicles) calendar, Category A, in culture and entertainment in its three different compo- which participation is limited to the standards of this Fed- nents: the Madeira Music Festival, the International Fire- eration and simultaneously to those of the International works Competition and street animation. Automotive Federation (FIA) and must be in original work- madeira and porto santo guide .4
  43. 43. If you are a jazz enthusiast, don’t miss these three summer nights full of the unmistakable sound of jazz in the unique scenario of Jardins Quinta Magnólia, at the beginning of July. www.funchaljazzfestival.com ing order. madeira wine rally This event takes place over four days and covers around The largest automobile event in the Region, recognised 400 km through beautiful and often winding Madeiran internationally, is the Madeira Wine Rally. Taking place at roads, competing in a way that allows competitors to experi- the first weekend of August, brings famous names from ence the breathtaking landscapes of this beautiful island, at the world of motor racing. the end of June. For two days the competitors will race round various http://madeiraclassicrally.com parts of the island, bringing excitement to the thousands of people who pack the Madeira’s mountains to get as funchal jazz festival good a view as possible of the speed and skill of the driv- Madeira jazz festival is an event organized by Funchal’s ers. www.ralivm.com City Hall, which has gained more and more prestige every year, brings together famous national and international wine festival jazz players and groups at Madeira. The festival takes over This festival is held in early September, when the grape Funchal, reaching out for Madeirans and tourists in the harvest begins all over the island. It recreates ancestral Ma- streets and bars, with street performances and other ac- deiran habits dating back to the time of the first settlers. tivities in the three days of the Funchal Jazz Festival. In Funchal and Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, we celebrate 4. madeira and porto santo guide
  44. 44. features of the grape harvest such as decorations, mu- parade mark this week of history. sic and dancing. Visitors to the traditional wineries can taste the wines while, outside, we find tributes to grapes, with a live grape harvest and the traditional parade of new year celebrations If there’s a place where we celebrate life, it’s Madeira. At grape pickers in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. the end of each year, we commemorate the completion This festival takes on all the features of a traditional Ma- of another 5-day cycle in our lives. deiran folk festival with regional dishes, living traditions and lots of fun. columbus festival In September, Vila Baleira devotes a week to Christopher Columbus who came to the island and lived here for several years. The festival remembers the discoverer’s presence in the Madeira Islands on his voyages to the Americas and the epic of the age of the discoveries. Visitors can enjoy music, exhibitions, street entertainment and medieval scenes. A theatrical recreation of the arrival of Columbus and his followers at the quay and a historical madeira and porto santo guide .4
  45. 45. shopping 44. madeira and porto santo guide
  46. 46. find a wide variety of shops selling everything from Christmas traditions, deeply rooted in Madeirans’ cus- regional goods as souvenirs to Portuguese and inter- toms, combine with the expressions of joy on the arrival national designer articles. of the new year in a rich, vast cultural, ethnographic and artistic programme lasting all through December and If you’re feeling tired, stop and drink a local fruit juice sit- until Twelfth Night. ting comfortably at one of the centre’s pavement cafes. Funchal Bay’s unique amphitheatre is transformed into We suggest buying Madeira embroidery, which is a treas- a giant nativity scene illuminated with thousands of ure that lasts several generations and is internationally recog- lights decking the city’s main streets from the second nised. Madeira embroidery is used in a wide variety of articles half of November, in a scenario of rare beauty. from handkerchiefs to beautiful tradition tablecloths, which An island of celebrations, at hotels, restaurants and bars and in the streets which to welcome the New Year, lights are real works of art. the city’s skies with fireworks launched from 50 different points in a 0-minute display. Other regional handicrafts are wicker baskets, bags, trays, It’s like a new dawn marking the arrival of a new life! or even furniture. Wickerwork is available all over the island, but the heart of its production is in Camacha, where you can find a wide variety of sizes and shapes. An unforgettable holiday deserves some fine sou- You’re sure to take at least one bottle of delicious Ma- venirs. As you roam Funchal’s main streets, you will deira wine home after tasting it at one of the Madeira madeira and porto santo guide .45
  47. 47. sports 4. madeira and porto santo guide
  48. 48. wine cellars and shops in the city. Madeiran flowers like orchids, birds of paradise, king proteas, anthuriums, etc. are many visitors’ choice of souvenir. You can buy these flowers anywhere in Funchal, in the municipal market, flower stalls or florists. The municipal market, known as the Farmers’ Market, is another must. It is a true shopping centre for regional products such as exotic fruits, vegetables, fish and flowers, wickerwork, rugs and the famous Madeiran boots. treasures as you explore the depths of the Atlan- tic. Whatever your choice, you will feel nature all around you! If you like active holidays, this archipelago has excellent natural conditions for mountaineering. You can choose from trekking, climbing, canyoning, Climb up to the clouds among mountains and le- jeep safaris, mountain bikes or horse riding to conquer vadas and enjoy the pure, rarefied air or discover the impressive mountains in a memorable experience. madeira and porto santo guide .47
  49. 49. sport and leisure activities (licensed companies) TOURS Walking ALLES Walking Tel.: (+5) 99 5 5 Tel.: (+5) 95 0 7 Off-road vehicles Fax: (+5) 9 77 77 A PASSO DE BURRO Donkey riding E-mail: alles@netmadeira.com Tel.: (+5) 94 4 /99 09 4 Recreational www.alles-madeira.com E-mail: apassodeburro@gmail.com activities www.apassodeburro.com ANIMADEIRA Sports/radical Tel.: (+5) 95 0 9/95 0 activities ADVENTURE KINGDOM Theme-based tours E-mail: maapita@netmadeira.com organisation Tel.: (+5) 98 0 870 Recreational activities ffigaroa@netmadeira.com Fax: (+5) 9 00 79 Walking E-mail: johnathandavid@gmail.com Off-road vehicles ÁREA CAPITAL Thematic circuits (tricycle) Tel.: (+5) 95 0 9 Observation of fauna and flora Fax: (+5) 9 7 5 E-mail: juansilva.rps@mail.telepac.pt ALBATROZ DO MAR Sport fishing Tel.: (+5) 9 Boat trips ATALAIA Boat Trips E-mail: albatrozdomar@sapo.pt Tel.: (+5) 9 94 Sport fishing AGONN´S AVENTURA Observation of fauna BALLON VISION Sport/radical Tel.: (+5) 99 000 8/99 00 488 Sport/radical Tel.: (+5) 9 8 700/ 97 757 activities organization E-mail. : agonnsaventura@gmail.com activities organization Fax.: (+5) 9 8 70 E-mail:balloon@netcabo.pt www.madeira-balloon.com 48. madeira and porto santo guide
  50. 50. BIKE LIFT Bike trails DIVING PLACES Diving Tel.: (+5) 9 55 7 Tel.: (+5) 9 498 059 Boat trips E-mail.: info@bike-lift.net Bird watching BOTAS DAS SETE LÉGUAS Walking DOURO ACIMA Thematic circuits Tel.: (+5) 94 09 Tel.: (+5) 9 0 085 E-mail: botas7leguas@free.fr Fax: (+5) 9 0 085 E-mail: madeira@douroacima.pt BY NATURE Walking Tel.: (+5) 95 0 7 Bike trails EL TOUR Walking E-mail: info@bynature.eu Off-road vehicles Tel./Fax: (+5) 9 757 08 Bike trails E-mail: eltour@netmadeira.com Off-road vehicles www.bynature.eu EMA FREITAS CAN, LDA. Boat trips CHRISTA DORNELD, Unipessoal, Lda Walking Tel.: (+5) 978 Bird watching Tel.: (+5) 97 497 05/9 90 90 Fax: (+5) 97545 Fax: (+5) 9 94 555 E-mail: info@bonita-da-madeira.com E-mail: christa@madeirawandern.com www.bonita-da-madeira.com www.madeirawandern.com ESCAPADA DOS CAVALEIROS Horse riding COLDFLAME – ENDURO Off-road vehicles Tel.: (+5) 9 5 / 9 945 945 Tel.: (+5) 9 774 9 Fax.: (+5) 9 945 954 Fax: (+5) 9 774 94 E-mail: horseridingescapada@netmadeira.com E-mail: coldflame-enduro@netmadeira.com www.endurotouren-madeira.com madeira and porto santo guide .49
  51. 51. sport and leisure activities (licensed companies) ESSÊNCIA Radical sports FUN CENTROS TEMÁTICOS Historic-cultural Tel.: (+5) 9 58 99 Walking DO FUNCHAL recreation E-mail: josesilvestre75@hotmail.com Trekking Tel.: (+5) 9 000 770 Fax.: (+5) 9 000 789 EXEL Computer System PLC – Sucursal Boat Trips E-mail: info@storycentre.com Tel.: (+5) 98 78 Sport or touristic fishing www.storycentre.com E-mail: ricardomadgouveia@gmail.com GALO DIVING – MANTADIVING Diving FÁBRICA DE FESTAS Recreational Tel.: (+5) 9 90 99 Tel.: (+5) 9 008 activities Fax: (+5) 9 95 588 Fax: (+5) 9 4 E-mail: stefan@mantadiving.com E-mail: fabrica.festas@siram.pt www.mantadiving.com www.siram.pt GAVIÃO Boat Trips FIND YOUR WAY Walking Tel.: (+5) 9 4 4 / 99 587 95 Diving Tel.: (+5) 9 8 58/ 9 55 Off-road vehicles Fax.: (+5) 9 70 40 Cetaceans Observations Fax: (+5) 9 8 E-mail.: gaviaomadeira@netmadeira.com Boat rental E-mail: rfreitas@netmadeira.com HARMONY IN NATURE, Unipessoal, lda Canyoning FISH MADEIRA PESCA DESPORTIVA Sport or Tel.: (+5) 97 05 00 Recreational Activities Tel.: (+5) 9 75 85/97 599 990 touristic fishing E-mail: bristow@fishmadeira.com HIPICENTER Horse Riding www.fishmadeira.com Tel. / Fax.: (+5) 9 98 58 Tel.: (+5) 97 775 54 E-mail: hipicenter@yahoo.com http://hipicenter.tripod.com 50. madeira and porto santo guide
  52. 52. HORIZONTE DO ATLÂNTICO Trekking LEISURELITE Walking Tel.: (+5) 9 90 79 Diving E-mail.: info@madeira-leisurelite.com Car Trips Fax: (+5) 9 80 0 Canyoning www.madeira-leisurelite.com Radical sports E-mail: venturadomar@iol.pt Boat trips Maritime Activities www.venturadomar.com Bird watching Recreational activities LOBOSONDA Sport or touristic fishing Tel.: (+5) 98 400 980/ 947059 Boat trips IMPERATOURS Theme-based tours Tel./Fax.( +5) 9 77 58 Observation and Tel./Fax: (+5) 9 95 80 E-mail: info@lobosonda.com swimming with cetacean E-mail: imperatours@netmadeira.com www.lobosonda.com J. J. TOURS Radical sports LUME GOUVEIA Classical cars tours Tel.: (+5) 97 4 578 Off-road vehicles E-mail: joaosilva98@hotmail.com Tel.: (+5) 9 457 88 Tel.: (+5) 9 77 477 KLUBE KLIPPE Paint-ball Tel.: (+5) 98 0 498/9 7 75 Walking LUPA MÁGICA Sport or Fax: (+5) 9 8 8 Bike trails Tel.: (+5) 9 09 77 touristic fishing E-mail: klubeklippe@gmail.com E-mail: captmvlee@biggamecharters.com www.klubeklippe.pt www.biggamecharters.com LAZER NATURE Walking M. GAVINA Sport or Tel.: (+5) 95 05 4/ Theme-based tours Tel.: (+5) 9 04 40 touristic fishing 9 00 05/9 78 55 E-mail.: marciagav@hotmail.com Fax: (+5) 9 774 0 E-mail: lazernature@hotmail.com madeira and porto santo guide .5
  53. 53. sport and leisure activities (licensed companies) MADEIRA AVENTURA Mountaineering MADEIRA EXPLORERS Walking Tel.: (+5) 94 54 79 Trekking Tel.: (+5) 9 7 70 Fax: (+5) 9 74 7 Canyoning Fax: (+5) 9 7 44 E-mail: geral@madeiraventura.com E-mail: info@madeira-explorers.com www.madeiraventura.com www.madeira-explorers.com MADEIRA BIG GAME FISHING Sport or MADEIRA OCEANO’S Diving Actividades Náuticas, Lda touristic fishing Tel.: (+5) 9 409 780/ 98 479 9 Tel.: (+5) 9 7 9 Fax.: (+5) 9 5 05 E-mail: madeirafishing@mail.telepac.pt E-mail: admin@madeiraoceanos.com www.madeiragamefishing.com www.madeiraoceanos.com MADEIRA WIND BIRDS Bird Watching MADEIRA BLUE SUN Walking Tel.: (+5) 97 777 44 Walking Tel.: (+5) 9 94 05 / 9 55 58 Theme-based tours Fax.: (+5) 9777744 Theme-based tours Fax: (+5) 99405 E-mail: info@madeirabirds.com Observation of fauna, E-mail: andrenobrega@madeirabluesun.com www.madeirawindbirds.com flora and geological formations www.madeirabluesun.com MAR DOURADO Boat Trips MADEIRA DIVE POINT Diving Tel.: (+5) 9 970 789 / 95 54 78 Sport or touristic fishing Tel.: (+5) 9 9 579/ 97 7 9/ 99 5 5 E-mail.: cjorps@hotmail.com Nautical Sports Fax: (+5) 9 9 579 Boat rental E-mail: info@madeiradivepoint.com www.madeiradivepoint.com MAR TURQUESA Boat Trips Tel.: (+5) 9 48 77 Sport or touristic fishing 5. madeira and porto santo guide
  54. 54. MHSE – Madeira Happy Walking NATURFREUND REISEN Car Trips Star Excursions, Lda Theme-based tours Tel.: (+5) 9 0 70 Tel.: (+5) 9 78 4 / 99 9 7 Fax.: (+5) 9 0 70 E-mail: madeirahappytours@gmail.com naturfreundemadeira@hotmail.com MOUNTAIN EXPEDITIONS Walking NAUTIPOS FISHING Sport or touristic fishing Tel.: (+5) 98 555 85 Tel.: (+5) 9 07 595 Boat trips E-mail: mountain.expeditions@hotmail.com Observation and swimming with cetacean Recreational boat charter (with or without crew) MUNDO DA IMAGINAÇÃO Theme-based Tel.: (+5) 9 700 700 activities NAUTISANTOS Boat Trips Tel.: (+5) 99 9 /9 Sport fishing Fax.: (+5) 9 700 70 Fax: (+5) 9 Diving E-mail: sun@madeira-magic.com E-mail: nautisantos@netmadeira.com www.madeira-magic.com www.nautisantosfishing.com NATOURS Radical Sports OLIESLAGERS Theme-based tours Tel.: (+5) 9 4 7/ 9 445 79 Off-road vehicles Tel.: (+5) 9 98 E-mail: luis.natours@gmail.com E-mail: lifeandfun.inn@gmail.com E-mail: natours@life.com.pt www.olieslagers.pt NATURCRUISE, Lda Diving ONDA CLÁSSICA Classical cars tours Tel.: (+5) 97 5 4 / 98 09 4 Maritime Activities Tel.: (+5) 9 90 90 E-mail: geral@magosdiving.com Fax.: (+5) 9 94 555 www.magosdiving.com E-mail: office@ondaclassica.com www.ondaclassica.com madeira and porto santo guide .5
  55. 55. sport and leisure activities (licensed companies) PALHEIRO GOLF Golf Observation and swimming with cetacean Tel.: (+5) 9 790 0 Bird watching Fax: (+5) 9 79 45 Boat trips E-mail: reservations@palheirogolf.com Recreational boat charter (with or without crew) www.palheirogolf.com PRIDE OF MADEIRA Walking PARADISE ISLAND, Unipessoal, Lda Boat trips Tel.: (+5) 9 9 004/99 077 70 Theme-based tours Tel.: (+5) 94 00 98 Observation and swimming with cetacean Fax: (+5) 9 9 004 E-mail: info@prideofmadeira.com Sport or touristic fishing www.prideofmadeira.com PASSEIOS VIRTUAIS Walking PROVA RADICAL Boat trips Tel.: (+5) 99 48 50/ 9 059 0/ Off-road vehicles Tel.: (+5) 9 848 44 Diving 97 589 Observation of Cetaceans and birds E-mail: reservas@passeiosvirtuais.com Boat rental PORTO SANTO SUB Diving QUADRICÓDIGO- Representação Eventos Boat trips Telem.: (+5) 9 0 997 e Náutica Unipessoal, Lda. Diving Fax: (+5) 9 98 59 Tel.: (+5) 9 0 0 Deep sea diving, Deep sea hunting E-mail: geral@portosantosub.com snorkeling www.portosantosub.com Observation and swimming with cetaceans Bird watching PRAZER DO MAR Diving Recreational boat charter (with or without crew) Tel.: (+5) 9 4 900 Deep sea diving E-mail: info@madeiracatamaran.com Deep sea hunting www.madeiracatamaran.com Snorkeling 54. madeira and porto santo guide
  56. 56. QUINTA DO LORDE Marina SAFARI COMPANY Off-road vehicles Tel.: (+5) 9 99 00/9 99 0 Tel.: (+5) 99 84 485 Fax: (+5) 9 90 0 Fax: (+5) 9 4 4 E-mail: geral@quintadolorde.pt E-mail: safaricompany@portugalmail.pt www.quintadolorde.pt www.madeira-safaris.com RHEA DIVE- Actividades Marítimo Diving SANTA MARIA Boat Trips Turísticas, Lda. Boat trips Tel.: (+5) 9 5 95 Tel.: (+5) 94 500 557/97 578 0/ Recreational boat charter Fax: (+5) 9 0 7 99 80 8 (with or without crew) E-mail: nau.santa.maria@mail.telepac.pt www.rheadive.com www.santamariacolombo.com Sociedade Turística Palheiro Boat trips ROTA DOS CETÁCEOS Whale Dolphin Ferreiro, S.A. Observation and swimming with cetacean Tel.: (+5) 9 80 00/ 98 88 4 watching Tel.: (+5) 9 790 50 Sport or touristic fishing Fax.: (+5) 9 80 0 Fax: (+5) 9 794 95 E-mail: geral@rota-dos-cetaceos.pt E-mail: casa.velha@palheiroestate.com www.rota-dos-cetaceos.pt www.palheiroestate.com ou www.madeira-marlin.com RR TOURS Walking and Car Trips SPAZIO TURISMO, Unipessoal Lda Walking Tel.: (+5) 9 74 7 Boat Trips Tel.: (+5) 99 45 79 Theme-based tours Fax.: (+5) 9 74 78 Fax: (+5) 9 75 0 E-mail:rrtours.madeira@mail.telepac.pt E-mail: giordano@sapo.pt madeira and porto santo guide .55

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