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Madeira elected Europe’s Leading Island Destination

For the second year in a row, Madeira Islands were elected by the “World Travel Awards” organization as Europe’s Leading Island Destination for 2014. Madeira competed in this category alongside with tourist destinations such as the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Sardinia, Malta and Cyprus. The World Travel Awards takes place annually and recognises, awards and celebrates excellence in all sectors of the tourism industry worldwide. Votes followed an evaluation undertaken mostly by tourism professionals and travel agents located in over 200 countries worldwide. Hotels should also be congratulated for…

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Funchal has a new face

The Praça do Povo opened last November 8, 2014, giving a new image to the sea front of Funchal. Funchal grown and is more beautiful with this intervention was born the Praça do Povo, a work of the vice-presidency of the regional government responsibility. The last phase of the reconstruction front sea Funchal is the berth for cruise ships due to be completed next year in May. As a result of time of 20 February 2010 and due to the essential and urgent dredging of the end portions of the…

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Ribeiro Frio – Balcões

Ribeiro Frio (Cold River) is an natural playground situated in the north of the island, at a deep valley surrounded by mountains. That location is well-known by locals and tourists for its trouts and lovely walks along its nature trails. For those who wish to go on a trek without Waiting for hours, the surroundings of are a must with its walks across the Levada (Levada is that the title of this gutters pushed into the rock so as to carry water in the entire island). The stroll will take…

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Madeira unmissable events

Madeira is proud to present a wide range of diverse, regional, Portuguese and international events that are staged throughout the year. Madeira unmissable events Visitors to this dynamic, creative and multi-faceted destination are able to enjoy this cornucopia of cultural, sporting, recreational and popular events, from January to December. There are always opportunities to have fun and to appreciate what the islands of this archipelago have to offer. The Regional Secretariat for Culture, Tourism and Transportation (SRT) is responsible for the events and initiatives on the Tourist Entertainment Calendar organised…

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The north of Madeira Island

The North of Madeira using its miles of both wild and natural shore will provide you with an unforgettable scene using a unique flora and fauna and will help you realize the volcanic sources of that amazing island. The North of the Island is only one hour’s drive from Funchal and also the discovery of that part of Madeira can help you recognize the island, its firm, the creativity and adaptability of its people, their courage and their audacity. Madeira is a rich and extensive destination and we recommend all…

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Diocese of Funchal celebrates 500 years – Religion

The Diocese of Funchal was created on June 12th, 1514, by Papal Bull Pro excellenti præeminentia of Pope Leo X, after Funchal was granted city status by Manuel I, King of Portugal, in 1508. The recently created diocese was placed under the auspices of the archdiocese of Lisbon. Diocese of Funchal Nineteen years later, on the 31st of January 1533, it was raised to the dignified status of archdiocese, making it for the following twenty two years the largest metropolitan archdiocese in the world, having jurisdiction over the dioceses of…

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Underwater Nature Madeira Festival II

2nd to 7th June The second edition of the “Underwater Nature Festival” is scheduled for the beginning of next month. This recreational sporting event aims to promote and raise awareness of the Garajau Natural Reserve, a marine reserve of about 376 hectares, situated on the south coast of Madeira, between Lazaretto (Funchal) and Ponta da Oliveira (Caniço de Baixo). Underwater Nature Madeira Festival   As the name indicates, the programme will focus on diving and other sea related activities and on environmental actions carried out in the Reserve. This event…

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Sailing week madeira

JULY 26 th – JULY 31 st JULY 31 st – AUGUST 5 th AUGUST 5 th – AUGUST 10 th Sailing week madeira ONE WEEK IN A PRIVATE SAILBOAT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SUN, THE SEA AND EXCLUSIVE PARTIES IN WHITE SAND BEACHES. COME ON BOARD AND ENJOY AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE IN UNIQUE SCENARIOS OF MAGNIFICENT BEAUTY IN THE ISLE OF MADEIRA AND PORTO SANTO! Dive in crystalline waters, dance on the beach with your feet touching the sand and watch the sunset or sunbathe in the privacy of…

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Desertas islands Madeira declared a protected area

The Council of Europe has announced that the Desertas islands are to be declared a ³Protected Area², thus acknowledging the importance of the work that has been done in this Natural Reserve for over 25 years. Various areas of interest were assessed at a meeting of experts on the European Diploma of Protected Areas, held in Strasbourg this weekend. Desertas islands This area of the Madeira Natural Park was selected by them, as its exceptional natural heritage is managed in an exemplary manner in pursuit of the conservation of biodiversity…

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Ribeiro Seco Factory produces honey unique quality

The Mill Ribeiro Seco Factory has the ability to produce sugar syrup sugar- laden knowledge and history. The plant , located at Rua Wonderland in Funchal was founded in 1883 by César Aluísio Bettencourt and would be continued by his son Luis Bettencourt . At first, manufactured brandy. But in 1928 , due to excess production factories to do this , was asked to pass the sugar syrup , which was accepted . Since then until today , the factory is dedicated exclusively to the production of honey and products connected…

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