Category Archives: Funchal

Cost of living in Funchal, Madeira Island

I came across an interesting website that is called Expatistan … which offers a cost of living comparisons for more than 1,900 cities all over the world. Funchal, the city of Madeira Island, is also included in this cost of living database. I have extracted a snapshot, see below, of the cost of living in Funchal, Portugal. Please keep in

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Madeira Flower Festival – Festa da Flor

Every year, two weeks after Easter, Madeira’s flower-festival comes alive on the main streets of Funchal’s centre with floats displaying a myriad of colourful flowers. This is one of the biggest celebrations in Madeira Island. On the Sunday a large parade of flower-decked cars get privileged use of the main street in Funchal … accompanied by over thousands of participants

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Festival do Atlantico, Funchal, Madeira Island

The Atlantic Festival is an event organized by the Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and Transport which combines entertainment and culture. This festival sets the beginning of the summer season in Madeira and includes a miscellaneous of initiatives which extend throughout the month of June: the Madeira Music Festival, the Regional Arts Week and musical fireworks shows. These nightly shows

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Madeira Atlantic Festival – Happy?

The Atlantic Festival, an event that marks the beginning of the summer season in Madeira, will this year integrate a diverse set of initiatives spread throughout the month of June, most importantly the International Fireworks Competition in Madeira; the Madeira Music Festival; the Regional Arts Week; and the “25th Tour of Madeira in Classic Cars – Classic Car Rally”.

Madeira Flower Festival – Festa da Flor 2012

With the arrival of spring, the city of Funchal turns into a inebriating floral stage filled with enchantment. The magic of this event starts on Saturday morning, with the Children’s Parade, on which, hundreds of children dressed for the occasion event to the Municipio Square where a beautiful flower mural is built, that is symbolically named “The Wall of Hope”

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Carnival – Mardi Gras – Carnaval

Madeira Carnival, Madeira Mardi Gras or Madeira Carnaval 2012 is the next main event here on the island. Many people believe that this is Europe’s best Carnival event.

FusiON Art by Porto Bay @ Zona Velha

More than 30 Portuguese and Spanish artists participated, live and in public, in ON by Porto Bay, … a fusion art festival that took place in Funchal’s historic Old Town. Event organised by the Porto Bay Hotel Group designed to foster urban entertainment events in the city of Funchal, with the idea that private organisations should also contribute to making

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Madeira Music Videos & Movies

Madeira Island is the ideal location for music videos and film productions. Funchal – Old Town (Zona Velha) Pico Ruivo Madeira Waters Various Locations Mysterious Forest So Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Robbins, Paul Verhoeven, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lynne Ramsay, Lukas Moodysson, David Cronenberg, David Lynch and other filmmakers … come and discover your next film location …. Madeira

Rua de Santa Maria, Funchal

The Old Town (Zona Velha) of Funchal is one of most attractive areas of the city. One can experience the real typical surroundings and local life of the city … taking you back in time to when the first settlement of the island started. One of the romantic narrow cobbled streets that we recommend is Rua de Santa Maria. Rua

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Cais do Carvão

Located in between the lido swimming pool and clubhouse Naval do Funchal (that was before Quinta Calaça), is the former Pier Wilson, now known as Cais do Carvão (Coal Wharf). The pier was built in 1903. From here many vapour-vessels passing were supplied with coal on their way through Funchal to America and Africa. The importance of coal in the

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Happy New Year … Happy 2011

See how Madeira celebrates the birth of a New Year …. the birth of 2011! Click here for more videos of the Madeira New Year Eve Fireworks

Madeira New Year Fireworks Live Stream

You can watch the famous Madeira New Year’s Fireworks show live … via the following live stream : The broadcast starts today at 23h30 (GMT). You want a sneak preview of what you can expect to see? Then check the following video of how the city of Funchal greeted the birth of the new year. Video made by Hugo

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Funchal … An Example Of Tenacity

Author: Jimmy Jay James On the 20th February 2010, an appalling news story overwhelmed the world’s newswires. Madeira had suffered awful flooding. Funchal in particular was featured. Not only did fatalities take place in Madeira’s capital city, but logistics meant that television cameras and reporters were presently in place to witness the terrible scenes – for, the flooding had dramatically

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2010 Christmas Illuminations Funchal Madeira

The city of Funchal transforms itself into a life-size nativity scene. It is Christmas Time on Madeira Island! The streets are decorated with millions of lights …. in all sizes and colors. They evoke images of the seasonal symbolism. The city has put on her evening gala dress with lights embroidery and beautiful colors for the December festivities.

Madeira 2006 – Swedish Promo

A Swedish film report about Funchal, Madeira. Filmed in April 2006. Unfortunately the footage only shows the standard attractions such as Mercado dos Lavradores, fish-market, cable car to Monte, toboggan, wine lodge and a short hike on a levada. Meanwhile there is much more to see here on Madeira.

What visitors really want?

The German television company WDR has broadcast at the beginning of this month in their weekly travel program Wunderschön! (Beautiful!), a 90 minutes report of Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (Island of Flowers), presented by Tamina Kallert. WebTV Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (90 min. German) Although it is in German and 1 hour and a half long … it is worth

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Do you know a secret about Funchal?

Do you know the best garden to visit? Where the best Madeirense food can be found? Or do you fancy trying something new? These were the questions we asked our readers to share with us any curious and underground things that they found in Funchal (capital of Madeira). Lots of people that are visiting Madeira are looking for new things

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Suggestion for Flower Festival 2010

A incredible and great effort is done by everyone to restore Funchal and the rest of the island back to what it was. However I think we should also focus our attention to all the victims and those who lost their lives. Since the authorities objective is to make sure that the Flower Festival will take place this year ….

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Madeira 1950 – Caronia Cruise

Caronia, ship of the Cunard Line, visiting Funchal (Madeira) in the year 1950. For complete footage of this and other films, visit

Madeira and Lisbon 1932

Another great vintage film about Madeira … this time its the year 1932. In the film we follow the voyage the cruise-ship Gripsholm, after six days crossing the Atlantic it reaches Madeira and then heads towards Lisbon. The first part of the Swedish film shows great historical coverage of Funchal in 1932. Enjoy!