Tall Ships on their way to Madeira

Majestic tall ships of the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta are on their way to Funchal (Madeira). These ‘choreographers of the sea and wind’ will be the pièce de résistance marking the 500th anniversary of the city Funchal in Madeira. The fleet has left the historic port of Falmouth on the south west coast of England and will be arriving today at Ilhavo (Port of Aveiro). After that they will race to Funchal …. where they will join the major celebrations of the city.

Host Ports Map of the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta

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On the following slide show you can see the latest images related to the Funchal 500 Years celebration taking place this year. Next to the photos of the 500th Anniversary there are also pictures of the vessels that are be participating the regatta. For those who are on Madeira between 2-5 October 2008 … will be able to see them at close range. Continue reading “Tall Ships on their way to Madeira”

World Tourism Day

Programme

Free entrance to the Gardens: Botanical, Boa Vista, Orchid.

Free entrance to the Museums of the Region: Frederico de Freitas Museum House, Vicentes, Contemporary Art, Religious Art, Casa Colombo (Porto Santo), Embroidery Museum, Henrique e Francisco Franco, Whale Museum, Barbeito Museum, Christopher Columbus Collection, Electricity Museum, Universe of Memories, madeira ethnographic museum (Ribeira Brava), living science centre (Porto Moniz). Madeira Story Centre (50% discount on entrance tickets).

Canyoning Activity – Enrolment limit: 20
08:30 a.m – Departure by Bus (Avenida do Mar, Tourism bus-stop)
09 p.m. – Arrival at the Ecological Park of Funchal to assemble the equipment and departure to Chão da Lagoa
09:45 a.m. – Start of the canyoning
12:45 p.m. – End of the canyoning
1:30 p.m.– Outdoor picnic (regional kebab)
3 p.m. – Return to Funchal
Activity carried out by the company “A passo de Burro”
Access cards available at the DRT Information Counter as of 22nd September.

Multi-activities Programme – Enrolment limit: 50
1:30 p.m. – Departure by Bus (Avenida do Mar, Tourism bus-stop)
2 p.m. – Arrival at the Ecological Park of Funchal and start of the activities: Slide, Rappel, Tirolesa or Double Bridge, Archery, Small Boat Trip
5:30 p.m. – Return to Funchal
Activity carried out by the company “A passo de Burro”
Access cards available at the DRT Information Counter as of 22nd September.

Cetacea Observation – Enrolment limit: 24 per journey
Journey on board two semi-rigid boats with 12 seated places for the observation of cetacea.
Departure at 08:45 a.m., 12:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The meeting point will be at the “Cetacea Route”, situated at Marina Shopping, Shop 230, where you should arrive 20 minutes before departure, for a brief introduction on the dolphins and whales of Madeira.
Activity carried out by the company “Rota dos Cetáceos”
Access cards available at the DRT Information Counter as of 22nd September.

Trip to the Desert Islands – Enrolment limit: 50
Travel on board a Fast-Boat. During the trip you will be served a light meal. Persons enrolled should arrive 15 minutes before departure, at the boat “Rota dos Cetáceos”, located in Funchal Marina, pontoon C. The trip will start at 10 a.m. with your return being at 5 p.m.

One-question Interview

1-Question InterviewToday’s One-question Interview is for those travelers that have taken a voyage on the ferry line between Funchal (Madeira) and Portimão (Portugal). We would like to know how did they experienced the boat trip between Funchal – Portimão.

The question is therefore:

What is your experience with the ferry line between Madeira and Portugal?

Madeira’s tourism potential uncorked

The Atlantic island of Madeira is on track for a record year, according to the region’s tourism chief, Conceição Estudante.

During a recent interview with eTurboNews, she predicted that the number of tourist arrivals will break the 1 million mark for the first time, signifying a 5 percent increase compared with 2007.

Estudante cited the advent of low-cost flight operations as one of the principal reasons for the recent surge in traffic, along with a much-improved infrastructure such as the new facilities at Santa Catarina airport, more up-market hotels and a greatly extended road system.

The advent of low-cost flights to the island has made an immediate impact, particularly from the UK, which is a trend that looks set to continue.” she said.

Once on the ground, tourists can now circumnavigate the island in just over an hour on brand-new motorways and visit a variety of recently-opened attractions such as the Madeira Story Centre, Casa das Mudas Contemporary Art Museum and the caves and volcanology centre at São Vicente.

Madeira’s popularity as a cruise destination also continues to grow, with 264 ships making a stopover last year, representing a rise of 14 percent compared with the previous year.

Cruises are a thriving segment of the market and we have hopes for a further 5 per cent increase this year” Estudante added.

The neighboring island of Porto Santo to the north-east of Madeira has also greatly enhanced its product portfolio in recent years by adding golf courses and spa facilities to the mix. The idyllic Atlantic hideaway, once home to Christopher Columbus prior to his pioneering voyage to America, boasts a long stretch of sandy beach, a vital tourism asset and one that Madeira doesn’t possess.

The idea is to extend Porto Santo’s traditional summer season with golf courses, spa centers and more resort hotels. Both islands are ecologically in vogue and blessed with a temperate year-round climate, an abundance of lush green subtropical vegetation and some of the most striking sea and mountainscapes imaginable, and all within striking range of most European cities.” she concluded.

Author: Mark Harding (ETN Portugal)