October 16, 2015
Réveillon in Madeira Island
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Madeira with a great view to the natural amphitheater of Funchal that provides for what is considered one of the best fireworks shows in the world. Considered by Guinness World Records in the New Year of 2006 to 2007, as the “Greatest Pyrotechnic Show of the World”. Madeira is especially attractive at Christmas and New Year, as it maintains its traditions while offering a vibrant and modern lifestyle. In the city of Funchal, this time of year is unique and magic, singing groups and dances serve the city, feels the smell of hot chestnuts freshly bake and the twinkling lights foreshadow the spectacle that anticipates. The bay of Funchal is filled cruise, which help to further beautify the show. At midnight it´s released up all the magic and charm of light and color. If you don’t yet know Madeira, this is a wonderful time to visit.
27 December 2013
17:00 Panoramic Bus Tour in Funchal.
Local Match: Estrada Monumental – Lido
Duration: 1:45 a.m.
Circuit of the sightseeing: 1. Estrada Monumental – Lido, 2. Largo da Paz, 3. Avenida Sá Carneiro, 4. Avenida do Mar – Blue whiting, 5. Chairlift, 6. Campo da Barca, 7. Praça da Autonomia, 8. Hall, 9. Tour – Madeira Wine Lodge, 10. Rotunda do Infante, 11. Quinta Magnolia, 12. Church of St. Martin, 13. 14 Pico dos Barcelos. Cemetery of St. Martin, 15. Estrada Monumental, 16. Madeira Forum Shopping, 17. Alto Lido 18. Raga.
28 December 2013
King’s Levada Walk: This is without no doubt one of the most beautiful “levadas” on Madeira Island. It is located in the Laurissilva forest (World Heritage by UNESCO since 1999) and its main characteristics are certainly the predominant emerald-green colours forest. The fantastic views of S. Jorge and the large presence of water in almost all the journey. After going through five small tunnels of natural basaltic rock we can delight in the waterfall of Caldeirão Verde, a beautiful waterfall with crystal clear water, a truly breathtaking landscape.
Distance: 10 Km
Includes: Official guide mountain, transportation and insurance .
29 December 2013
10:30 Boarding in Funchal
Nautic tour in Santa Maria replica of the ship of Christopher Columbus between Funchal and Cabo Girao .
Distance: 9.17 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Includes: Stop for a swim in Cape Girao. Honey Cake and the famous Madeira wine is offered for free on the trip.
During the afternoon, we suggest a visit to the West Coast : Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar and Calheta .
Câmara de Lobos: This city is about 7 km from Funchal and is an important fishing centre in the archipelago. When João Gonçalves Zarco, the first donee of Funchal, sailed into the cove at Câmara de Lobos in 1419, he gave it this name because he found a large number of sea lions (lobos marinhos) there. On his first trip to Madeira in 1950, Winston Churchill, one of the island’s most famous and distinguished visitors, was enchanted by this picturesque bay. The scenery, scattered with skiffs, nets and dried bonito, is typical of the fishermen’s daily life.
Ribeira Brava: The seaside town of Ribeira Brava is about 16 km from Funchal on Madeira’s west coast. It is said that the town was called Ribeira Brava (“Wild Stream”) because João Gonçalves Zarco found a stream here whose waters gushed furiously down to the sea. The stream is 8km long and its source is 327 metres above sea level. It runs beside the road to Encumeada, which is an excellent starting point for some unforgettable walks.
Ponta do Sol: This town, Ponta do Sol or, translated literally, Sun Point, gets its name from a rocky outcrop that goes down into the sea and reflects the sun’s rays. It is situated on the west coast of the island about 25 km from Funchal. This municipality, with its excellent seaside location, is considered the island’s warmest area, where the sun shines for longest. The fertile soil has always been used for the so-called rich crops. In the time of the first settlers, it was one of the busiest sugar cane growing centres. Not far from Ponta do Sol is the village of Madalena do Mar, known for its traditional fishermen’s district and its lovely promenade by the beach running from one end of the village to the other.
Calheta: The town of Calheta is just over 31 km from Funchal and the sun is its best friend. It is also here that we find one of the oldest parishes on the island. Calheta was one of the first areas in Madeira to be farmed. The municipality was once linked to the primary sector, and “industry” used to be important here. There were once as many as eight sugar cane processing factories, though only one of them still works today. Its sea front has been refurbished with the construction of a marina, surrounded by spacious gardens, and an artificial white-sanded beach.
Casa das Mudas Art Centre: This cultural facility in Calheta is divided into two parts, a mansion built in the 16th century that belonged to a granddaughter of João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer of Madeira, and a new, modern wing that blends in perfectly with the surrounding scenery. This cultural centre is designed to house a variety of exhibitions, musical performances, plays, conferences and many other events. Until 28 February, the Casa das Mudas Art Centre put on a fantastic art exhibition where visitors were able to admire works by such famous artists as Francis Bacon, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Picasso and Dali.
30 December 2013
Cabo Girão: Is a nearly vertical cliff providing enticing panoramic views over the ocean, Câmara de Lobos and Funchal. Located just west of Funchal, in the city of Câmara de lobos, Cape Girão measures 580 meters and is the highest cliff in Europe, second highest in the world. Cape Girão is one of the “must see” tourist attractions of Madeira Island and is also known for its Chapel of Our Lady of Fátima, built in 1974. A cable car was built and inaugurated in August of 2003 to assist farmers in making it to the low-lying fields, something that was at one point in time only accessible by boat.
Grutas de São Vicente: These caves are about 400,000 years old, dating back to the time when the Paul da Serra Plateau still produced lava. Instead of being ejected, the lava penetrated points in the rocks creating small underground tunnels. It is possible to make an impressive, 20-minute journey to the centre of the earth along these passages.
Chão da Ribeira: This village is located in a large valley overlooking Seixal and is surrounded by a rich variety of plants and shrubs belonging to the Laurissilva Forest. The stream bed is occupied by farmland and plough sheds in a truly bucolic setting.
Miradouro do Véu da Noiva: The belvedere’s name Véu da Noiva, or Bridal Veil, comes from its proximity to a waterfall that is so high that it gushes torrents of water down the hillside, reminding us of a bride’s most romantic accessory. This incredible demonstration of nature’s power is on the old road between São Vicente and Seixal.
Porto Moniz Living Science Centre: While you are touring the north coast, take the opportunity to visit this new scientific and cultural facility. This magnificent work of architecture is on the new sea front at Porto Moniz and is a kind of cultural centre for both adults and children. The Living Science Centre will house national and international science exhibitions and, as a result, has signed an agreement with the Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva in Lisbon.
Miradouro da Santa: When you leave Porto Moniz on the road that spirals up to Santa, stop for a while at this belvedere and take in the panoramic view of the countryside, with natural swimming pools and Mole Island.
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools: Porto Moniz is well known for its open-air swimming pools, which are the result of the volcanic activity during Madeira Island’s formation, being mostly formed by reefs in the coastal lava rocks. Walkways and bridges connect the naturally formed rock pools. These natural pools are a great place for swimming, sunbathing, diving or simply to relax. It’s constantly refreshed by the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic as the waves break against the rocks.This bathing complex as entertainment and activities for everyone: there is a children’s playground and a children’s pool. The complex employs five lifeguards and first aid station. This complex offers changing rooms with lockers and of course showers. You will also be able to safely park your car park nearby. Porto Moniz natural swimming pools are accessible for people with reduced mobility. If the meteorological conditions permit not miss the opportunity to take a dip in this unforgettable pool.
31 December 2013
New Year’s Eve
01 January 2014
Happy new year!
02 January 2014
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