The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011.
The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during the island’s sugar boom years and as the result of his marriage to Filipa de Moniz, the daughter of Isabel Moniz and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, the first Captain-Donatory of Porto Santo, and is held in tribute to the man who became a famous 15th century explorer.
In recent years, the festival has taken on the format of a historical recreation of everyday life in the 15th century, in particular in the period marked by Columbus’s time on the island, which enchants tourists and residents alike.
The programme includes a 15th century fair and supper, the landing of Christopher Columbus, a military detachment, a children’s area with Renaissance games, circus displays, plays, displays by groups of buccaneers and non-stop fun and entertainment including lots of music and European and oriental dances.
The local population and tourists are encouraged to take the part of characters in the festival and period costumes are provided that give an authentic feel to the event.
There are other side attractions taking place simultaneously, including regional gastronomy, crafts and other activities adding to the general bustle amid the historical figures.
Source: Madeira Turismo
This festival needs a better disclosure. Write the dates down in your agenda and visit Porto Santo on those days. It is worth it!
The Madeira Islands with their eternal spring are the perfect golf destination all year round. Two different islands, three magnificent golf courses and a wide range of accommodation, leisure and wellness for all golfers.
Their golfing tradition goes back to 1937, when three British men, Miles, Leacock and Blandy, built the first nine-hole course.
In Madeira you have two courses to choose from, Palheiro Golf with its 18 holes and Clube de Golfe do Santo da Serra with 27, both set in outstandingly beautiful scenery.
In Porto Santo, 40 km from Madeira, try the 27-hole course designed by the famous golfer, Severiano Ballesteros. Porto Santo is different from its “mother island” and its 9 km of beach and crystal-clear waters are just the thing after a game.
The annual Madeira Open is the most important golf tournament in the Madeira Islands and is part of the European PGA.
The islands have the facilities they need to welcome golfers with all handicaps, including high-quality hotels, making the islands a paradise for golf lovers, who are bound to enjoy the challenge of each hole and the charm of the surrounding countryside.
Wherever you play, you know you can count on impeccable maintenance and fabulous views of the ocean, Funchal Bay, exotic flora or deep valleys.
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 development of steam powered machines and the affirmation of Funchal as required warehouse to supply the vessels and operation of sugar mills, forced the assembly of infrastructure support. And so existed the deposits of coal, of which was known as the coal wharf, which was owned by the company Wilson & Co Ltd, where in 2004 the aquarium was build including the the Marine Biology Service Station.
Nowadays it is a forgotten monument, now and then visited by curious travelers and local fishermen. Still these elderly walls have withstand the most fierce storms during the last decades. While the newer walls of few marinas on Madeira have lost their battle against the mighty ocean … the walls of Cais do Carvão are still standing tall.