Fado …. the unique music from Portuguese soil that describes sentiments, longing, but also sadness, pain, happiness and love. Fado can be translated as destiny or fate (latin ‘Fatum’) … and it has its origin on the Portuguese mainland. The Fado music is linked to the Portuguese word ‘saudade’, a word describing a sentiment that is commonly considered to have no accurate translation in any other language. On Madeira you find a few small Fado-bars and Fado-restaurants … where singers tell “their” stories … most of the time in a trance-like condition, in which the protagonist is experiencing the ailment and the longing, which he or she describes.

With Fado you will find some renowned names such as Amália Rodrigues, Dulce Pontes, Madredeus, Cristina Branco and Mariza. Mariza is the new generation Fado singers … giving a new look to the traditional song but keeping the concept of saudade. Continue reading “Fado”

The Italian & Madeirense Connection

Starting from 28th of October Madeira Island will have new TAP connections between Funchal and the Italian cities Rome and Milan. These new flights designated as through-flights (with passenger check-in and baggage dispatch through to final destination) will help facilitate connections between Madeira archipelago and Italy.

The Funchal – Rome flights depart on a daily basis at 7:30am with arrival in the Italian capital at 2pm. In the reverse direction, departure from Rome is at 12:20pm and arrival in Funchal at 4:50pm.

The new Funchal – Milan connection departs from the Madeira Airport (Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira) at 7:05am and arrives at its destination at 1:15pm. From Milan to Madeira flights depart at 7:20pm and arrive at 11:40pm.

World Tourism Day

On the 27th of September is World Tourism Day. The purpose of this day is to display awareness that tourism is vital to the international community and to show how it affects the social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

And that is why the island of Madeira offers on this particular day FREE entrance to all tourists to the regional Museums, folklore shows and philharmonic bands, as also an exhibition under the title of “History of Tourism on Madeira”.

Programme is as follows:

– Free admission to gardens:
Botânico, Boa Vista, Orquídea, Palheiro Ferreiro

– Free admission to all Museums:
Quinta das Cruzes, Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas, Vicentes, Arte Contemporânea, Casa Colombo (Porto Santo), Arte Sacra, Museu do Bordado, Henrique e Francisco Franco, Museu da Baleia, Museu Barbeito-Colecção Cristóvão Colombo, Núcleo Museológico-A cidade do Açúcar, Núcleo Museológico Mary Jane Wilson, da Electricidade, Universo de Memórias.

– Photographic Exhibition:
in the Art Gallery of the Regional Secretariat of Tourism and Transport (Avenida Arriaga) – “History of Tourism on the Madeira Islands”

– Guided tours by bus (Portuguese/French and English/German)
10.00 a.m. – Funchal/ Botanical Garden, Patrício & Gouveia embroidery factory, visit to Madeira Wine (with wine-tasting)
3.00 p.m. – Eira do Serrado, Monte – visit to the church and gardens
Tickets available at the Information Desk of the Tourism Board (Avenida Arriaga) from the 24th September on.

– Funchal city centre:
Folklore and Philharmonic Band exhibition from 10.00 a.m to 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

– Madeira Airport:
Folklore exhibition from 09.00 a.m to 13.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

– Funchal Harbour:
Philharmonic Band exhibition from 12.30 p.m to 13.30 p.m.

Transat 6.50 is halfway to Madeira

Click on the image or here to follow the Transat 6.50 race that is taking place now (dato 22-09-2007) and now halfway to Madeira Island.

After thirty years that the race was created, the 16th edition of the Transat 6.50 is still one of the star races in the world. An approach that allows amateurs and those with low budget to achieve their ultimate goals … solo.

Transat 6.50

Grand Opening

First of all I must explain that this video was not made on Madeira but is from the Bahamas (sorry Madeira Turismo). It was sent to me as a response on my video of the ‘World largest pyrotechnic show – Fireworks’ and I must confess … I was impressed!

This response video is coverage of the fireworks for the Grand Opening of the Cove Tower at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas last May 2007. Now this is what I call a grand opening! Continue reading “Grand Opening”

Transat 650

During these days (21 September till 6 October) the marima at Funchal will be the one of the host for the Transat 6.50 (Transat 650) Regatta.

But what is Transat 6.50? you might ask

It is a solo regatta with the main aim to cross the Atlantic without any assistance from outside. Electronic and/or computer-assisted navigation aids are forbidden. The boats have a measure of 6.5 metres and they will sail over 4250 nautical miles (approximately 7900 kilometers) from La Rochelle to Funchal, and from there after Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.

Click here for the Transat 650 route

This regatta has become king discipline during the last years, increasing the pioneer spirit. The number of the participants increased from twenty-three with the first Regatta to seventy in the year 2003. The number of the foreign participants also increased, so that the Transat 650 became the most popular international transatlantic Regatta.

Christopher Columbus Festival

On 13th to 15th of September Porto Santo will devote these days to one of its most important habitant who lived several years on this island ……. Christopher Columbus!

1478 was the year that Columbus traveled to Madeira for the first time. In those years Funchal ’s was one of the largest sugar trade centres of the world. But for Chris there was another reason for him visiting the island … namely Donna Filipa Moniz, daughter of the first donee of Porto Santo …. Bartolomeu Perestrelo. The discoverer of the new world his first conquest would be marrying Filipa … which was gifted with the birth of their first child, Diogo, who was born in Porto Santo.

The festival on Porto Santo is therefore dedicated to Columbus his life on the islands. It is held in Vila Baleira and involves music, exhibitions and parades recalling the age of the Portuguese discoveries and the voyages to the new world.