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Sep
20
Fri
Biosphere Roller Skate, Faial, Santana
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am

The ‘Biosphere Roller Skate’ is an International Speed Skating Tournament held in Faial, in Santana (Madeira), on the track situated at the mouth of Ribeira do Faial. with a total perimeter of 1060 metres.  This is an end of season event, in which athletes can experience the adrenaline of the competition with the discovery of the island during the competition. The event will have nearly 300 enrolled athletes of the most varied nationalities, from infant age groups to seniors. http://biosfera-rollerskate.com/

Wine Harvest Festivities, Quinta do Estreito, Estreito de Câmara de Lobos
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am

Integrated in the celebrations held around the island in tribute to locals ancient wine-making traditions activities, the Quinta do Estreito annually organises a wide range of cultural activities as part of the grape harvest festival.

This event includes inter-cultural activities with the purpose of showcasing different ethnographic situations; visitors and residents are invited to participate in the grape harvest and experience some of Madeira’s delicious culinary delicacies.

PROGRAMME

11am – Vintage Live (hotel guests)
noon – Carring grapes to the wine press
12.30 pm – Stepping of the grapes 
1.30 pm- Traditional Madeiran lunch at “Adega da Quinta”.
3.30pm – Barrel Filling Process
4.30pm – End of the Harvest Festival
Wine Harvest Festivities, Quinta do Furão, Santana
Sep 20 @ 12:30 pm

Every year the Quinta do Furão Hotel joins in with the countless cultural displays held  round the island, as part of the celebrations of the wine harvest, in a cultural event held in the month of September.

For the occasion the Quinta do Furão has programmed a set of educational-cultural activities providing both guests and the general public the opportunity of taking part in a traditional live harvest festival, sampling a buffet inspired by the island’s traditional cuisine and to enjoy a wine tasting, on September.

 

PROGRAMME

 

12:30 pm – Welcome to Participants
A wine aperitif Madeira on Ice is served on the cliff, next to the hotel, accompanied by the traditional sounds of a local Folklore Group, in harmony with one of the most breathtaking scenery of the island – the Atlantic Ocean and the uncut Northeast Coast.
1:00 pm – Lunch
A typical Madeiran Buffet, served around the wine press, consisted mainly of local delicacies, including the inevitable Espetada.
2:00 pm – The Stepping 
The grape stepping begins, the high point of the event where everyone can, and must, participate using the traditional way – barefoot!
2:45 pm – Madeira Wine Tasting – ‘Al Fresco’
Conducted by our expert Roberto Gomes.

 

Sep
21
Sat
Biosphere Roller Skate, Faial, Santana
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am

The ‘Biosphere Roller Skate’ is an International Speed Skating Tournament held in Faial, in Santana (Madeira), on the track situated at the mouth of Ribeira do Faial. with a total perimeter of 1060 metres.  This is an end of season event, in which athletes can experience the adrenaline of the competition with the discovery of the island during the competition. The event will have nearly 300 enrolled athletes of the most varied nationalities, from infant age groups to seniors. http://biosfera-rollerskate.com/

Wine Harvest Festivities, Quinta do Furão, Santana
Sep 21 @ 12:30 pm

Every year the Quinta do Furão Hotel joins in with the countless cultural displays held  round the island, as part of the celebrations of the wine harvest, in a cultural event held in the month of September.

For the occasion the Quinta do Furão has programmed a set of educational-cultural activities providing both guests and the general public the opportunity of taking part in a traditional live harvest festival, sampling a buffet inspired by the island’s traditional cuisine and to enjoy a wine tasting, on September.

 

PROGRAMME

 

12:30 pm – Welcome to Participants
A wine aperitif Madeira on Ice is served on the cliff, next to the hotel, accompanied by the traditional sounds of a local Folklore Group, in harmony with one of the most breathtaking scenery of the island – the Atlantic Ocean and the uncut Northeast Coast.
1:00 pm – Lunch
A typical Madeiran Buffet, served around the wine press, consisted mainly of local delicacies, including the inevitable Espetada.
2:00 pm – The Stepping 
The grape stepping begins, the high point of the event where everyone can, and must, participate using the traditional way – barefoot!
2:45 pm – Madeira Wine Tasting – ‘Al Fresco’
Conducted by our expert Roberto Gomes.

 

Sep
22
Sun
Madeira Uphill, Funchal
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am

Madeira Uphill 2000 is an international athletic event which will be hosted for the second  time in the city of Funchal and which involves athletes from many countries. The scenic race circuit is ideal for long distance runners.

The race starts at Avenida do Mar from 08h30 and finish at Pico do Areeiro, where the finish line is set at 1,821 metres altitude. The race is open to athletes as well as members of the general public.

Sep
27
Fri
Wine Harvest Festivities, Quinta do Estreito, Estreito de Câmara de Lobos
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am

Integrated in the celebrations held around the island in tribute to locals ancient wine-making traditions activities, the Quinta do Estreito annually organises a wide range of cultural activities as part of the grape harvest festival.

This event includes inter-cultural activities with the purpose of showcasing different ethnographic situations; visitors and residents are invited to participate in the grape harvest and experience some of Madeira’s delicious culinary delicacies.

PROGRAMME

11am – Vintage Live (hotel guests)
noon – Carring grapes to the wine press
12.30 pm – Stepping of the grapes 
1.30 pm- Traditional Madeiran lunch at “Adega da Quinta”.
3.30pm – Barrel Filling Process
4.30pm – End of the Harvest Festival
World Tourism Day, Funchal
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm

Madeira, tourist destination par excellence, could not resist from joining in with the commemorations of the World Tourism Day.

In commemoration of this important occasion, a few social and cultural activities and initiatives have been planned in the city centre of Funchal, to include free admission into some museums and gardens.

Tourists will be greeted with flowers and gifts upon their arrival at Madeira’s International Airport, at the International Maritime Passenger terminal of the Port of Funchal and also in some official tourist offices.

Sep
28
Sat
Feast of Our Lady of Bom Despacho, Campanário
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm

Feast of Our Lady of Bom Despacho-Campanário

Traditional festival, where the old and the contemporary, the sacred and the profane are mixed and where a new Madeiran identity is sketched. There is a far-off and unique tradition of the Campanário: the trip to the lilies to adorn the chapel of Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho. A traditional arraial, also known as the “Feast of the Capelinha” where hundreds of people give life to this tradition, making the singular procession of the lilies, collecting these wild flowers in the mountains of Quinta Grande making the route from the Fontaínhas  to the chapel of Bom Despacho, traveling with great joy and animation and providing a unique beauty throughout the course.

 

Cider Festival, Santo da Serra
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm

With the aim of promoting the secular tradition that is behind the manufacture of cider, the village of Santo da Serra annually promotes a popular festivity as a tribute to the cider, a local popular beverage, in a festivity which guarantees lots of entertainment.  This event includes several cultural activities such as a small parade, the pressing of the apples, the cider making, musical performances and exhibitions related to this product.

L Concert with Legendary Tigerman, Estalagem de Ponta Do Sol
Sep 28 @ 9:00 pm

Legendary Tigerman is undoubtedly one of the most internationally recognized Portuguese artists, he was the first Portuguese to perform at the Trans Musicales Festival of Rennes, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, England, USA, Japan (Fuji Rock Festival – 7 Shows in three days at the largest festival in the world), Brazil, Mexico, China.

 

Tickets €6. Call 291 970 200 to book.

Sep
29
Sun
Feast of Our Lady of Bom Despacho, Campanário
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm

Feast of Our Lady of Bom Despacho-Campanário

Traditional festival, where the old and the contemporary, the sacred and the profane are mixed and where a new Madeiran identity is sketched. There is a far-off and unique tradition of the Campanário: the trip to the lilies to adorn the chapel of Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho. A traditional arraial, also known as the “Feast of the Capelinha” where hundreds of people give life to this tradition, making the singular procession of the lilies, collecting these wild flowers in the mountains of Quinta Grande making the route from the Fontaínhas  to the chapel of Bom Despacho, traveling with great joy and animation and providing a unique beauty throughout the course.

 

Cider Festival, Santo da Serra
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm

With the aim of promoting the secular tradition that is behind the manufacture of cider, the village of Santo da Serra annually promotes a popular festivity as a tribute to the cider, a local popular beverage, in a festivity which guarantees lots of entertainment.  This event includes several cultural activities such as a small parade, the pressing of the apples, the cider making, musical performances and exhibitions related to this product.

Oct
1
Tue
Madeira Nature Festival
Oct 1 @ 12:00 am

Programme

The Madeira Nature Festival is an innovative event that integrates the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011, in order to promote tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira. During one week Madeira will be promoting the Nature’s Festival celebrating all of its highlights with its visitors. Whether on the land, in the air and in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages.

Entertainment activities – Largo da Restauração
In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition.
In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes an ensemble of tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 1st to 6th.

Activities in Nature

During this week several active tourism activities will take place on land, sea, and air, promoted by partners (agents that are officially certified to promote tourist entertainment activities), including jeep tours and safaris, hiking and walks along the levadas, canyoning, BTT biking, horse riding, quad biking, bird watching, climbing, boat trips/sailing, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, diving, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, sight-seeing, parasailing, cable car rides, etc.

Activities… On THE LAND

Birdwatching
Madeira Islands offers excellent conditions for Bird Watching either land or sea specimens. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the islands natural heritage. Madeira’s rich biodiversity certifies the island as a rich Biogenetic Reserve acknowledge by the European Council as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, allowing you to get in touch directly with some of Madeira islands Macaronesia endemic specimens. Walk the islands footpaths and discover birds such as the Trocaz Pigeon (Columba toed), the Lavandeira (schmitzi Motacilla cinerea), the buzzards (Buteo buteo harterti) and the Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma Madeira). Should you prefer to go on a boat trip you may also encounter a wide variety of seabirds. There are certified companies specialized in this area which organize land and sea tours, according to your best interests.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is a very popular way to explore and discover Madeira Islands. Riding your bike along the islands you’ll discover some of the magical corners of Madeira and Porto Santo islands. Take profit of the pleasure of feeling the surrounding scenery discovering some of the hidden footpaths midst the heart of the Laurissilva forest.

Canyoning
Going down the clear water streams in Madeira island is a way to disclose some of the untouched and virgin parts of the island. Summertime is the most suitable time of the year to experience the islands northern streams as the water levels are more abundant, turning it into a very exciting challenge. However in wintertime the southern streams are the most appealing as they offer an easier and gentler access.

Excursions
To discover the archipelago you can choose to engage a guided tour planned by the local certified official professional entities. You can plan either a tour in the sea or in the land through the local travel agents and the local official tourism leisure company/agents.

Horseback Riding
Riding along intermediate or easy trails is an ideal approach to avoid daily stress, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Jeep Safari
Discover the island in 4×4 vehicle and enjoy its unique panoramic views. Feel the excitement of overcoming natural challenging obstacles and get in touch with untouched settings which will provide you with unforgettable memories.

Levadas Walks
Madeira’s challenging and mountainous relief and its unique environment that will allow you to engage in the discovery of several footpaths placed in natural settings of rare beauty. The north part of the island and central mountain chain are ideal locations for the practice of this activity. Discover Madeira Levada Walks.

Activities… On THE SEA

Sailing & Boat Trips
Discover a different side of Madeira Islands. The panoramic views over the coastline enhance the natural beauty of this enchanted island. Schedule a tour to Desertas Islands and visit the last monk seal’s (Monachus Monachus) refuge, commonly known by locals as Lobo Marinho. Do not miss the opportunity to observe other marine fauna specimens such as dolphins and with luck, whales.

Whales & Dolphins
Madeira Island is an ideal destination for the observation of dolphins, whales and other marine specimens namely turtles. Swimming along with some marine mammals, under the guidance of marine biologist teams or certified official guides, will offer you an unforgettable experience surrounded by a mild and peaceful sea setting. Join one of the local certified entertainment agents devoted to the observation of cetaceans that will make you acquainted with this practice allowing you to interact with these animals.

Scuba diving
Dive into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and discover an intriguing underwater world. Visit some of the islands most inviting diving Nature Reserves. Get in touch with the peacefulness of diving with some of the local fish specimens, used to coexist with divers, providing excellent underwater photography opportunities. In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies an interesting undersea world.

Activities… IN THE AIR

Paragliding
Due to the islands morphological features this is one of the most appealing activities to the lovers of this sports practice. There are excellent locations to engage in this adventure, such as Pico da Cruz, Madalena do Mar viewing point, and also Porto da Cruz and Prazeres.

Oct
2
Wed
Madeira Nature Festival
Oct 2 @ 12:00 am

Programme

The Madeira Nature Festival is an innovative event that integrates the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011, in order to promote tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira. During one week Madeira will be promoting the Nature’s Festival celebrating all of its highlights with its visitors. Whether on the land, in the air and in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages.

Entertainment activities – Largo da Restauração
In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition.
In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes an ensemble of tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 1st to 6th.

Activities in Nature

During this week several active tourism activities will take place on land, sea, and air, promoted by partners (agents that are officially certified to promote tourist entertainment activities), including jeep tours and safaris, hiking and walks along the levadas, canyoning, BTT biking, horse riding, quad biking, bird watching, climbing, boat trips/sailing, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, diving, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, sight-seeing, parasailing, cable car rides, etc.

Activities… On THE LAND

Birdwatching
Madeira Islands offers excellent conditions for Bird Watching either land or sea specimens. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the islands natural heritage. Madeira’s rich biodiversity certifies the island as a rich Biogenetic Reserve acknowledge by the European Council as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, allowing you to get in touch directly with some of Madeira islands Macaronesia endemic specimens. Walk the islands footpaths and discover birds such as the Trocaz Pigeon (Columba toed), the Lavandeira (schmitzi Motacilla cinerea), the buzzards (Buteo buteo harterti) and the Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma Madeira). Should you prefer to go on a boat trip you may also encounter a wide variety of seabirds. There are certified companies specialized in this area which organize land and sea tours, according to your best interests.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is a very popular way to explore and discover Madeira Islands. Riding your bike along the islands you’ll discover some of the magical corners of Madeira and Porto Santo islands. Take profit of the pleasure of feeling the surrounding scenery discovering some of the hidden footpaths midst the heart of the Laurissilva forest.

Canyoning
Going down the clear water streams in Madeira island is a way to disclose some of the untouched and virgin parts of the island. Summertime is the most suitable time of the year to experience the islands northern streams as the water levels are more abundant, turning it into a very exciting challenge. However in wintertime the southern streams are the most appealing as they offer an easier and gentler access.

Excursions
To discover the archipelago you can choose to engage a guided tour planned by the local certified official professional entities. You can plan either a tour in the sea or in the land through the local travel agents and the local official tourism leisure company/agents.

Horseback Riding
Riding along intermediate or easy trails is an ideal approach to avoid daily stress, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Jeep Safari
Discover the island in 4×4 vehicle and enjoy its unique panoramic views. Feel the excitement of overcoming natural challenging obstacles and get in touch with untouched settings which will provide you with unforgettable memories.

Levadas Walks
Madeira’s challenging and mountainous relief and its unique environment that will allow you to engage in the discovery of several footpaths placed in natural settings of rare beauty. The north part of the island and central mountain chain are ideal locations for the practice of this activity. Discover Madeira Levada Walks.

Activities… On THE SEA

Sailing & Boat Trips
Discover a different side of Madeira Islands. The panoramic views over the coastline enhance the natural beauty of this enchanted island. Schedule a tour to Desertas Islands and visit the last monk seal’s (Monachus Monachus) refuge, commonly known by locals as Lobo Marinho. Do not miss the opportunity to observe other marine fauna specimens such as dolphins and with luck, whales.

Whales & Dolphins
Madeira Island is an ideal destination for the observation of dolphins, whales and other marine specimens namely turtles. Swimming along with some marine mammals, under the guidance of marine biologist teams or certified official guides, will offer you an unforgettable experience surrounded by a mild and peaceful sea setting. Join one of the local certified entertainment agents devoted to the observation of cetaceans that will make you acquainted with this practice allowing you to interact with these animals.

Scuba diving
Dive into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and discover an intriguing underwater world. Visit some of the islands most inviting diving Nature Reserves. Get in touch with the peacefulness of diving with some of the local fish specimens, used to coexist with divers, providing excellent underwater photography opportunities. In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies an interesting undersea world.

Activities… IN THE AIR

Paragliding
Due to the islands morphological features this is one of the most appealing activities to the lovers of this sports practice. There are excellent locations to engage in this adventure, such as Pico da Cruz, Madalena do Mar viewing point, and also Porto da Cruz and Prazeres.

Oct
3
Thu
Madeira Nature Festival
Oct 3 @ 12:00 am

Programme

The Madeira Nature Festival is an innovative event that integrates the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011, in order to promote tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira. During one week Madeira will be promoting the Nature’s Festival celebrating all of its highlights with its visitors. Whether on the land, in the air and in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages.

Entertainment activities – Largo da Restauração
In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition.
In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes an ensemble of tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 1st to 6th.

Activities in Nature

During this week several active tourism activities will take place on land, sea, and air, promoted by partners (agents that are officially certified to promote tourist entertainment activities), including jeep tours and safaris, hiking and walks along the levadas, canyoning, BTT biking, horse riding, quad biking, bird watching, climbing, boat trips/sailing, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, diving, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, sight-seeing, parasailing, cable car rides, etc.

Activities… On THE LAND

Birdwatching
Madeira Islands offers excellent conditions for Bird Watching either land or sea specimens. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the islands natural heritage. Madeira’s rich biodiversity certifies the island as a rich Biogenetic Reserve acknowledge by the European Council as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, allowing you to get in touch directly with some of Madeira islands Macaronesia endemic specimens. Walk the islands footpaths and discover birds such as the Trocaz Pigeon (Columba toed), the Lavandeira (schmitzi Motacilla cinerea), the buzzards (Buteo buteo harterti) and the Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma Madeira). Should you prefer to go on a boat trip you may also encounter a wide variety of seabirds. There are certified companies specialized in this area which organize land and sea tours, according to your best interests.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is a very popular way to explore and discover Madeira Islands. Riding your bike along the islands you’ll discover some of the magical corners of Madeira and Porto Santo islands. Take profit of the pleasure of feeling the surrounding scenery discovering some of the hidden footpaths midst the heart of the Laurissilva forest.

Canyoning
Going down the clear water streams in Madeira island is a way to disclose some of the untouched and virgin parts of the island. Summertime is the most suitable time of the year to experience the islands northern streams as the water levels are more abundant, turning it into a very exciting challenge. However in wintertime the southern streams are the most appealing as they offer an easier and gentler access.

Excursions
To discover the archipelago you can choose to engage a guided tour planned by the local certified official professional entities. You can plan either a tour in the sea or in the land through the local travel agents and the local official tourism leisure company/agents.

Horseback Riding
Riding along intermediate or easy trails is an ideal approach to avoid daily stress, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Jeep Safari
Discover the island in 4×4 vehicle and enjoy its unique panoramic views. Feel the excitement of overcoming natural challenging obstacles and get in touch with untouched settings which will provide you with unforgettable memories.

Levadas Walks
Madeira’s challenging and mountainous relief and its unique environment that will allow you to engage in the discovery of several footpaths placed in natural settings of rare beauty. The north part of the island and central mountain chain are ideal locations for the practice of this activity. Discover Madeira Levada Walks.

Activities… On THE SEA

Sailing & Boat Trips
Discover a different side of Madeira Islands. The panoramic views over the coastline enhance the natural beauty of this enchanted island. Schedule a tour to Desertas Islands and visit the last monk seal’s (Monachus Monachus) refuge, commonly known by locals as Lobo Marinho. Do not miss the opportunity to observe other marine fauna specimens such as dolphins and with luck, whales.

Whales & Dolphins
Madeira Island is an ideal destination for the observation of dolphins, whales and other marine specimens namely turtles. Swimming along with some marine mammals, under the guidance of marine biologist teams or certified official guides, will offer you an unforgettable experience surrounded by a mild and peaceful sea setting. Join one of the local certified entertainment agents devoted to the observation of cetaceans that will make you acquainted with this practice allowing you to interact with these animals.

Scuba diving
Dive into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and discover an intriguing underwater world. Visit some of the islands most inviting diving Nature Reserves. Get in touch with the peacefulness of diving with some of the local fish specimens, used to coexist with divers, providing excellent underwater photography opportunities. In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies an interesting undersea world.

Activities… IN THE AIR

Paragliding
Due to the islands morphological features this is one of the most appealing activities to the lovers of this sports practice. There are excellent locations to engage in this adventure, such as Pico da Cruz, Madalena do Mar viewing point, and also Porto da Cruz and Prazeres.

Oct
4
Fri
Madeira Nature Festival
Oct 4 @ 12:00 am

Programme

The Madeira Nature Festival is an innovative event that integrates the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011, in order to promote tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira. During one week Madeira will be promoting the Nature’s Festival celebrating all of its highlights with its visitors. Whether on the land, in the air and in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages.

Entertainment activities – Largo da Restauração
In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition.
In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes an ensemble of tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 1st to 6th.

Activities in Nature

During this week several active tourism activities will take place on land, sea, and air, promoted by partners (agents that are officially certified to promote tourist entertainment activities), including jeep tours and safaris, hiking and walks along the levadas, canyoning, BTT biking, horse riding, quad biking, bird watching, climbing, boat trips/sailing, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, diving, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, sight-seeing, parasailing, cable car rides, etc.

Activities… On THE LAND

Birdwatching
Madeira Islands offers excellent conditions for Bird Watching either land or sea specimens. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the islands natural heritage. Madeira’s rich biodiversity certifies the island as a rich Biogenetic Reserve acknowledge by the European Council as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, allowing you to get in touch directly with some of Madeira islands Macaronesia endemic specimens. Walk the islands footpaths and discover birds such as the Trocaz Pigeon (Columba toed), the Lavandeira (schmitzi Motacilla cinerea), the buzzards (Buteo buteo harterti) and the Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma Madeira). Should you prefer to go on a boat trip you may also encounter a wide variety of seabirds. There are certified companies specialized in this area which organize land and sea tours, according to your best interests.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is a very popular way to explore and discover Madeira Islands. Riding your bike along the islands you’ll discover some of the magical corners of Madeira and Porto Santo islands. Take profit of the pleasure of feeling the surrounding scenery discovering some of the hidden footpaths midst the heart of the Laurissilva forest.

Canyoning
Going down the clear water streams in Madeira island is a way to disclose some of the untouched and virgin parts of the island. Summertime is the most suitable time of the year to experience the islands northern streams as the water levels are more abundant, turning it into a very exciting challenge. However in wintertime the southern streams are the most appealing as they offer an easier and gentler access.

Excursions
To discover the archipelago you can choose to engage a guided tour planned by the local certified official professional entities. You can plan either a tour in the sea or in the land through the local travel agents and the local official tourism leisure company/agents.

Horseback Riding
Riding along intermediate or easy trails is an ideal approach to avoid daily stress, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Jeep Safari
Discover the island in 4×4 vehicle and enjoy its unique panoramic views. Feel the excitement of overcoming natural challenging obstacles and get in touch with untouched settings which will provide you with unforgettable memories.

Levadas Walks
Madeira’s challenging and mountainous relief and its unique environment that will allow you to engage in the discovery of several footpaths placed in natural settings of rare beauty. The north part of the island and central mountain chain are ideal locations for the practice of this activity. Discover Madeira Levada Walks.

Activities… On THE SEA

Sailing & Boat Trips
Discover a different side of Madeira Islands. The panoramic views over the coastline enhance the natural beauty of this enchanted island. Schedule a tour to Desertas Islands and visit the last monk seal’s (Monachus Monachus) refuge, commonly known by locals as Lobo Marinho. Do not miss the opportunity to observe other marine fauna specimens such as dolphins and with luck, whales.

Whales & Dolphins
Madeira Island is an ideal destination for the observation of dolphins, whales and other marine specimens namely turtles. Swimming along with some marine mammals, under the guidance of marine biologist teams or certified official guides, will offer you an unforgettable experience surrounded by a mild and peaceful sea setting. Join one of the local certified entertainment agents devoted to the observation of cetaceans that will make you acquainted with this practice allowing you to interact with these animals.

Scuba diving
Dive into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and discover an intriguing underwater world. Visit some of the islands most inviting diving Nature Reserves. Get in touch with the peacefulness of diving with some of the local fish specimens, used to coexist with divers, providing excellent underwater photography opportunities. In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies an interesting undersea world.

Activities… IN THE AIR

Paragliding
Due to the islands morphological features this is one of the most appealing activities to the lovers of this sports practice. There are excellent locations to engage in this adventure, such as Pico da Cruz, Madalena do Mar viewing point, and also Porto da Cruz and Prazeres.

Oct
5
Sat
Madeira Nature Festival
Oct 5 @ 12:00 am

Programme

The Madeira Nature Festival is an innovative event that integrates the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011, in order to promote tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira. During one week Madeira will be promoting the Nature’s Festival celebrating all of its highlights with its visitors. Whether on the land, in the air and in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages.

Entertainment activities – Largo da Restauração
In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition.
In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes an ensemble of tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 1st to 6th.

Activities in Nature

During this week several active tourism activities will take place on land, sea, and air, promoted by partners (agents that are officially certified to promote tourist entertainment activities), including jeep tours and safaris, hiking and walks along the levadas, canyoning, BTT biking, horse riding, quad biking, bird watching, climbing, boat trips/sailing, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, diving, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, sight-seeing, parasailing, cable car rides, etc.

Activities… On THE LAND

Birdwatching
Madeira Islands offers excellent conditions for Bird Watching either land or sea specimens. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the islands natural heritage. Madeira’s rich biodiversity certifies the island as a rich Biogenetic Reserve acknowledge by the European Council as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, allowing you to get in touch directly with some of Madeira islands Macaronesia endemic specimens. Walk the islands footpaths and discover birds such as the Trocaz Pigeon (Columba toed), the Lavandeira (schmitzi Motacilla cinerea), the buzzards (Buteo buteo harterti) and the Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma Madeira). Should you prefer to go on a boat trip you may also encounter a wide variety of seabirds. There are certified companies specialized in this area which organize land and sea tours, according to your best interests.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is a very popular way to explore and discover Madeira Islands. Riding your bike along the islands you’ll discover some of the magical corners of Madeira and Porto Santo islands. Take profit of the pleasure of feeling the surrounding scenery discovering some of the hidden footpaths midst the heart of the Laurissilva forest.

Canyoning
Going down the clear water streams in Madeira island is a way to disclose some of the untouched and virgin parts of the island. Summertime is the most suitable time of the year to experience the islands northern streams as the water levels are more abundant, turning it into a very exciting challenge. However in wintertime the southern streams are the most appealing as they offer an easier and gentler access.

Excursions
To discover the archipelago you can choose to engage a guided tour planned by the local certified official professional entities. You can plan either a tour in the sea or in the land through the local travel agents and the local official tourism leisure company/agents.

Horseback Riding
Riding along intermediate or easy trails is an ideal approach to avoid daily stress, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Jeep Safari
Discover the island in 4×4 vehicle and enjoy its unique panoramic views. Feel the excitement of overcoming natural challenging obstacles and get in touch with untouched settings which will provide you with unforgettable memories.

Levadas Walks
Madeira’s challenging and mountainous relief and its unique environment that will allow you to engage in the discovery of several footpaths placed in natural settings of rare beauty. The north part of the island and central mountain chain are ideal locations for the practice of this activity. Discover Madeira Levada Walks.

Activities… On THE SEA

Sailing & Boat Trips
Discover a different side of Madeira Islands. The panoramic views over the coastline enhance the natural beauty of this enchanted island. Schedule a tour to Desertas Islands and visit the last monk seal’s (Monachus Monachus) refuge, commonly known by locals as Lobo Marinho. Do not miss the opportunity to observe other marine fauna specimens such as dolphins and with luck, whales.

Whales & Dolphins
Madeira Island is an ideal destination for the observation of dolphins, whales and other marine specimens namely turtles. Swimming along with some marine mammals, under the guidance of marine biologist teams or certified official guides, will offer you an unforgettable experience surrounded by a mild and peaceful sea setting. Join one of the local certified entertainment agents devoted to the observation of cetaceans that will make you acquainted with this practice allowing you to interact with these animals.

Scuba diving
Dive into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and discover an intriguing underwater world. Visit some of the islands most inviting diving Nature Reserves. Get in touch with the peacefulness of diving with some of the local fish specimens, used to coexist with divers, providing excellent underwater photography opportunities. In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies an interesting undersea world.

Activities… IN THE AIR

Paragliding
Due to the islands morphological features this is one of the most appealing activities to the lovers of this sports practice. There are excellent locations to engage in this adventure, such as Pico da Cruz, Madalena do Mar viewing point, and also Porto da Cruz and Prazeres.

Oct
6
Sun
Madeira Nature Festival
Oct 6 @ 12:00 am

Programme

The Madeira Nature Festival is an innovative event that integrates the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011, in order to promote tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira. During one week Madeira will be promoting the Nature’s Festival celebrating all of its highlights with its visitors. Whether on the land, in the air and in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages.

Entertainment activities – Largo da Restauração
In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition.
In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes an ensemble of tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 1st to 6th.

Activities in Nature

During this week several active tourism activities will take place on land, sea, and air, promoted by partners (agents that are officially certified to promote tourist entertainment activities), including jeep tours and safaris, hiking and walks along the levadas, canyoning, BTT biking, horse riding, quad biking, bird watching, climbing, boat trips/sailing, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, diving, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, sight-seeing, parasailing, cable car rides, etc.

Activities… On THE LAND

Birdwatching
Madeira Islands offers excellent conditions for Bird Watching either land or sea specimens. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the islands natural heritage. Madeira’s rich biodiversity certifies the island as a rich Biogenetic Reserve acknowledge by the European Council as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, allowing you to get in touch directly with some of Madeira islands Macaronesia endemic specimens. Walk the islands footpaths and discover birds such as the Trocaz Pigeon (Columba toed), the Lavandeira (schmitzi Motacilla cinerea), the buzzards (Buteo buteo harterti) and the Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma Madeira). Should you prefer to go on a boat trip you may also encounter a wide variety of seabirds. There are certified companies specialized in this area which organize land and sea tours, according to your best interests.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is a very popular way to explore and discover Madeira Islands. Riding your bike along the islands you’ll discover some of the magical corners of Madeira and Porto Santo islands. Take profit of the pleasure of feeling the surrounding scenery discovering some of the hidden footpaths midst the heart of the Laurissilva forest.

Canyoning
Going down the clear water streams in Madeira island is a way to disclose some of the untouched and virgin parts of the island. Summertime is the most suitable time of the year to experience the islands northern streams as the water levels are more abundant, turning it into a very exciting challenge. However in wintertime the southern streams are the most appealing as they offer an easier and gentler access.

Excursions
To discover the archipelago you can choose to engage a guided tour planned by the local certified official professional entities. You can plan either a tour in the sea or in the land through the local travel agents and the local official tourism leisure company/agents.

Horseback Riding
Riding along intermediate or easy trails is an ideal approach to avoid daily stress, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Jeep Safari
Discover the island in 4×4 vehicle and enjoy its unique panoramic views. Feel the excitement of overcoming natural challenging obstacles and get in touch with untouched settings which will provide you with unforgettable memories.

Levadas Walks
Madeira’s challenging and mountainous relief and its unique environment that will allow you to engage in the discovery of several footpaths placed in natural settings of rare beauty. The north part of the island and central mountain chain are ideal locations for the practice of this activity. Discover Madeira Levada Walks.

Activities… On THE SEA

Sailing & Boat Trips
Discover a different side of Madeira Islands. The panoramic views over the coastline enhance the natural beauty of this enchanted island. Schedule a tour to Desertas Islands and visit the last monk seal’s (Monachus Monachus) refuge, commonly known by locals as Lobo Marinho. Do not miss the opportunity to observe other marine fauna specimens such as dolphins and with luck, whales.

Whales & Dolphins
Madeira Island is an ideal destination for the observation of dolphins, whales and other marine specimens namely turtles. Swimming along with some marine mammals, under the guidance of marine biologist teams or certified official guides, will offer you an unforgettable experience surrounded by a mild and peaceful sea setting. Join one of the local certified entertainment agents devoted to the observation of cetaceans that will make you acquainted with this practice allowing you to interact with these animals.

Scuba diving
Dive into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and discover an intriguing underwater world. Visit some of the islands most inviting diving Nature Reserves. Get in touch with the peacefulness of diving with some of the local fish specimens, used to coexist with divers, providing excellent underwater photography opportunities. In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies an interesting undersea world.

Activities… IN THE AIR

Paragliding
Due to the islands morphological features this is one of the most appealing activities to the lovers of this sports practice. There are excellent locations to engage in this adventure, such as Pico da Cruz, Madalena do Mar viewing point, and also Porto da Cruz and Prazeres.

Oct
8
Tue
Festivity of “Senhor dos Milagres”, Machico
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm

One of the most important Madeiran festivities happens in the month of October, in the municipality of Machico, east of Madeira, a religious festivity held on October, 8th and 9th.

The Festivity of “Senhor dos Milagres” commemorates the mudslide that occurred on October 9th, 1803, which destroyed the chapel where the precious figure of Our Lord of Miracles was located, dragging it into the sea. According to legend, the figure appeared three days later and was taken to Funchal’s Cathedral.
In 1813, the image was again restored to the chapel of “Senhor dos Milagres”, in Machico.