Article about Porto Santo written by Marian Nissink The island of Porto Santo is about two hours by ferry from Madeira. There is nothing to do here. There is one supermarket and there are a few terraces that only open when the manager himself feels like it. You do not Read more…
By MÃ¡rcia and Mauro When I hear people say “Mankind is over“… I feel the urge to tell them: “Come to Madeira!“. Each one of our natural resources, water, land and weather give us hope and we could say “Future is full of possibilities“. This photo was taken in Quinta Read more…
(By Nina Chestney – Thomson Financial)
Brussels – The European Commission said it has approved tax reductions totaling 300 million euro until 2020 for companies setting up on the Portuguese island of Madeira between 2007 and 2013.
Madeira is a free trade zone, otherwise known as Zone Franca Da Madeira (ZFM).
The commission said the state aid is subject to the creation of jobs and there are strict safeguards as to its implementation.
Competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said: “The aid will contribute to attract investment and economic activity to Madeira, supporting cohesion in the EU and regional development in this outermost region.”
(By Joao Ferreira, Standard-Times staff writer)
New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA â€” The organizers of the Madeiran Feast of the Blessed Sacrament are again stepping up efforts to shake the event’s reputation of being a beer and Madeira wine festival.
The popular Portuguese festival attracts huge crowds to its relatively compact North End grounds each year and has been riddled with alcohol-related incidents.
As part of their efforts to prevent underage drinking during the four-day festival held Aug. 2-5, feast organizers will use six age-verification machines to print unique wristbands for everyone under age 35.
A new Dighton Rock replica is in the making at Tillitson Pearson Inc. (TPI) in Warren, a quarter century after the first replica was created.
The replica, the fourth of its kind, symbolizes the theory of many Portuguese Americans that the Portuguese were the first to discover the New World, rather than Christopher Columbus. The theory, which was first conceived in 1918 by a psychologist at Brown University, has been affirmed and researched by retired physician and scholar, Bristol resident Dr. Manuel Luciano Da Silva.
After 40-plus years of researching the original Dighton Rock and the curious inscriptions carved on it, Dr. Da Silva is proud to be associated with the theory, and the replicas. With the first three scattered throughout Portugal, Dr. Da Silva hopes to have the new replica sent to Funchal, Madeira within the next few months.
Sending the replica to Madeira is fitting Dr. Da Silva said, because a carving on Dighton Rock mirrors the Cross of the Order of Christ on the Madeira flag.
“If the 55 signers of the Declaration of the American Independence … drank Madeira wine to celebrate that historical event, it is very much appropriate that the Americans of today send a replica of an American monument, Dighton Rock, to Madeira as a gesture of friendship and thanks.”
The 84-pound replica, which is made of fiberglass, is currently receiving its final touches. TPI has created and donated all four replicas.
(By Jerry Da Silva – East Bay RI)
But what is the Dighton Rock? And why sending a replica to Madeira? (more…)
This is a report from two good friends from the Netherlands (Wim and Bas) who visited Madeira during Easter. They share their views of the island and also a few tips for other visitors. We went to Madeira to spend Easter with our friend who lives there for almost 3 Read more…
Crossing the Atlantic under sail has captured the imagination of mariners and â€œlandlubbersâ€ for centuries. It still does so today, despite the advent of faster and more convenient means of travel. Such a feat had remained the preserve of a few, until 2006 when Solent-based company ONDECK Sailing launched its Read more…
(By Willisha) Yesterday my friend and I have treated ourselves with a beauty day in the newest hotel of Madeira, The Golden Residence Hotel (www.goldenresidencehotel.com). The hotel offers good Spa & Wellness facilities, with all kinds of treatments and packages, for reasonable prices. We started with a Rasul (maybe you Read more…
(By Manuel Luciano da Silva & SÃlvia Jorge da Silva)
On May 2005, my wife and I spent six days in Madeira Island. We were enchanted by its people, by the marvelous panoramas, by so many thousands of flowers, and also by its monuments and works of art. It was a fantastic trip!
On the last day of our stay in Madeira, we went to the most historical place in Madeira, which is located in Funchal harbor. We visited the small island which is now called the Forte of SÃ£o JosÃ© da Pontinha.
It was our guide Mr. Renato Barros (high school teacher) who is the legal owner of this small fort. He took us to the top platform of the fort, from where we could see on the Atlantic side, a triangular anchor and steps carved by JoÃ£o GonÃ§alves Zarco and TristÃ£o Vaz Teixeira, and their sailors after July 1st, 1419.
Due to the dense forest that Madeira presented itself in 1419, the new discoverers, without knowing the dangers that might exist inside the forest, they decided to build a cave inside of this small island and therefore creating a fort with a shelter. For several years this dock served for people to get into Madeira and also to leave it.
As I contemplated this triangular anchor and the steps on this small island, my brain went all over the world to recall small islands and famous places where man put his feet for the first time:
We, of the Blog.Thoughts.Madeira, are looking for Madeira-lovers and/or visitors that would like to share their views, suggestions, stories, and experience about the island. Do you want to participate as a guest blogger on our blog? Would you like to write an article about the island? Its culture … nature Read more…
Thousands of fragments of ballistic pieces, ceramic and stone objects, metal and bone were found in the excavations conducted by CEAM (Centre of Studies of Modern and Contemporary Archaeology) in the Fort of SÃ£o JosÃ© which is situated by the pier of Funchal. In a public appearance a propos the Read more…