Funchal 500 Years – Tall Ships Regatta

Attention: follow this link to read the latest update about the race.

As we recently mentioned the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta and Festival do Mar 2008 will be Madeira’s biggest event for this year …. as part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Funchal … capital city of Madeira Islands.

Host Ports Map of the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta

A large fleet of sail training Tall Ships will start (10 – 13 September) from the historic port of Falmouth on the south west coast of England … and race to the Ilhavo, Port of Aveiro – Portugal (20 – 23 September). From there the Tall Ships will continue their race to Funchal – Madeira …. where they will join the festivities, celebrations and Maritime Festival in the city (2 – 5 October).

Also we have a complete list of the participating vessels (more…)

Video: Xmas Driving

It is getting to be a tradition each year to produce a video of the Christmas scene here on Madeira

Together with my Dutch friend Marcel we went driving up to Funchal. While he was driving I filmed some of the Xmas scenery on the way. I must confess that the film does not represent the true image of what we saw …. which is the thousands and thousands of lights …. everywhere.

I invite anyone who is staying on Madeira to produce similar movie of the Christmas atmosphere and share it with us. Also feel free to put this video on your own website. (more…)

Festival do Atl̢ntico РVideos

On this page/post you will find a video collection of the fireworks display during Festival do Atlântico (Festival of Atlantic). We are searching for video entries of this happening in YouTube and place them all here. Afterwards we will choose the best (amateur) films made of the pyro-musical display.

If you are living on Madeira Island or have visited recently, and have captured one of the firework spectacle in Funchal and you want to show it here … then you only need to upload it on YouTube and tag it with the word ‘madeira‘ and ‘fireworks‘.

For those who have missed the event, this is a page on which you can keep track of all previous competition that has taken place. Bookmark / add this link into your favourites as it will be updated frequently.

To watch the videos just click on the arrow in the middle of the next image: (more…)

Carros de Madeira

These last Friday the people of Camacha were witness of hazardous speed limits breaking race. It was the 3rd edition of the Carros de Madeira race. Reckless race drivers risked their lives on the streets of Camacha …. were hundred populace watched with fear in their hearts these phenomenon’s of Read more…

Cultural Agenda March 2007

From the website of the Madeira Regional Tourism Department you can download the Cultural Agenda for the month March 2007. The Cultural Agenda is published every month by the Madeira Cultural Affairs Department (DRAC). Cultural Agenda, March 2007 – english (516 Kb)

Madeira Fireworks (Another Video)

(See also previous blog) The team of the www.madeiraarchipelago.com has created very great (high quality) video footage of the recent fireworks of Funchal – Madeira (2006 – 2007). Visit www.madeiraarchipelago.com/video or click on the image below. To see the videos you need to click on the small images with the Read more…

Madeira’s Christmas Images

Yesterday I went to Funchal in the evening and took some pictures of the Christmas lights (… of course I contemplated and enjoyed it first before I took the pictures). This year there are more and new styles of lights (more colorful and refined) on the streets, squares, piers, boulevards, Read more…

Christmas Images and Videos

This year the big event is the official opening ceremony of the Christmas illuminations, which takes place on 17 November, near the Sé Cathedral at around 9h00 pm.

For those who can not wait for the official ceremony of the Christmas illuminations that will place on 17th of November ….. you can search for images or videos taken last year(s) by visitors of the island.

How to look for?

Simply look for ‘Madeira Funchal Christmas’ in (for example) www.flickr.com
Or search for ‘madeira christmas’ at www.youtube.com

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Senhor dos Milagres

Every year, the town of Machico commemorates this feast in the Chapel of Senhor dos Milagres (Our Lord of Miracles). The chapel is one of the oldest of Madeira … it was destroyed in the flood of 1803. The following year it was rebuilt. The statue of Our Lord was Read more…

Artmar Festival

From 15 to 16 September the Artmar Festival will be held …. it is an open-air music and arts festival, which takes place at the Ilhéu Garden in Câmara de Lobos. As well as the quality of the concerts and the natural beauty of the surrounding scenery, the entire area Read more…

Madeira Regional Festivities

Almost all year around you can find regional festivities somewhere on the island. For those that want to experience one of these typical Madeira feasts … we have gathered the dates of the festivities per parish. Madeira Regional Festivities – Upload a Document to Scribd

Old Town will be New Town

ON: Porto Bay’s initiative to revive Funchal’s “Old Town” The old section of Funchal, its revitalization and energizing, has motivated the Porto Bay group. This is where ON begins, a project of cultural and social intervention that brings together activities of “fusion art” and artistic demonstrations which will take place Read more…

Porto Santo @ Paradise

For those who thought that Porto Santo is a dull and deserted island …. Well think again! The island of Porto Santo is hosting a musical event dedicated to lovers of electronic music, from 10 to 12 August …. Porto Santo @ Paradise The line-up for this event includes famous Read more…