Calheta is a beautiful coastal resort, featuring Madeira’s only golden sandy beach. Along the beach front, you will find a choice of very nice bars and restaurants, as well as a beautiful marina ideal for an evening stroll. A Madeira villa in this lovely family friendly resort is an ideal base for those looking to explore more of the island, with easy access to levada walks, the old sugar mill which still produces brandy and sugar syrup, and the Casa das Mudas exhibition hall. Famous for having more hours of sunshine than any other resort, Calheta is a great choice for a relaxing villa holiday.
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In Madeira, it is famously known to try some traditional Madeira cake as well as this we suggest trying some egg tarts found locally in the many patisserie shops. Be sure to visit a poncha bar, Poncha is the drink of Madeira an alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane and mixed typically with lemon or orange juice, with your drink you are given peanuts and at the original Poncha bars you would chuck the peanut shells on the floor as traditional. Madeira offers a range of beautifully tasting fresh fish as the island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
Calheta nightlife is all about a relaxing meal and a quiet drink. Madeiran specialties can be easily sought out, and these include delicious fortified wine, and a drink known as Poncha made from alcohol, lemons and the local sugar cane. There are some great fresh fish restaurants here, and small bars by the marina are a great place to enjoy a drink while the sun goes down.
A very popular attraction in Madeira is Dolphin and Whale watching. Catamaran trips are available from Funchal harbour and provide a wonderful family activity. Usually the trips last around three hours and there tends to be two trips every day during high season.
The stunning mountainous terrain and lush countryside makes Madeira a popular choice for keen walkers. Many refer to the island as the ‘floating garden’ due to abundance of beautiful wild flowers, and sprawling green countryside. Across the island is a maze of streams known as Levadas, normally full of water providing a very efficient irrigation system. These stretch over 2150 kilometres, and many walkers follow their route to locate the most spectacular scenery.
Located in Funchal with fantastic views of mountains in the north and the ocean in the south, the Botanical Garden which stretches over 35000 square metres is well worth a visit. With over 2500 exotic plant species, the gardens are brimming with plants of all colours, shapes and sizes. The garden is divided into five sections, with a combination of local and foreign plants, as well as a whole part devoted to exotic birds.
Located close to the airport in a town called Santa Cruz, Madeira’s Aquaparque provides a fun day out for all the family. From adrenalin pumping water chutes to lazy rivers, this is a fantastic facility, usually open between March and October.
For those looking to explore further afield, why not take a ferry from Madeira to the local island of Porto Santo. Blessed with wonderful beaches and some unusual wildlife to discover, this sleepy island is a wonderful place to visit. The ferry from Funchal takes approximately two hours.
Located close to Câmara de Lobos (about ten minutes from Funchal), Cabo Girão is one of Madeira’s most popular tourist attractions. It is a skywalk made out of transparent glass, offering spectacular 360 degree views. The second highest skywalk in the world, it is often assimilated to the USA’s Grand Canyon, and really is well worth a visit.
Madeira is famous for its delicious fortified wine, so why not take a tour through the cellars and museum of The Old Blandy's Wine Lodge. Situated in the centre of Funchal, the Wine Lodge comprises a beautiful old building, with various cellars. Of course, wine tasting is possible here and there are plenty of samples and souvenirs available to purchase.
Madeira Flower Fe...national event
Every year, two weeks after Easter, the centre of Funchal is filled with floats displaying flowers. The evening before the event, thousands of children build a 'Wall of Hope' made of thousands of flowers. Throughtout this 4 day event there will also be folklore performances, flowers shows, variety shows and classical music concerts.
Atlantic Festivalnational event
Each Saturday in June there is a firework display lasting approximately 20 minutes, starting at 22:30 in the Funchal harbour, set to music. It is a competition with various countries competing for the opportunity to win the consession for the New Year firework display. A really spectacular event which can be seen from some of our villas!
Funchal Jazz Fest...national event
Performances by renowned jazz artists from across the globe are not to be missed, as well as a plentiful supply of local bands and musicians. The festival is held annually in Santa Catarina Park, which offers superb views of the city’s mountainous backdrop.
2016 dates to be confirmed.
European Wine Rallynational event
Rally cars dominate Madeira over three days during the annual Madeira Wine Rally. The Madeira Wine Rally is one of the top events in the FIA European Rally Championships.
Madeira Wine Fest...national event
Here the social and economic importance of Madeira wine is celebrated during the main period of grape harvesting. The festival begins in the village of Câmara de Lobos with the actual picking of the grapes, the pickers’ parade, and other related traditions. In the centre of Funchal, the Madeira Wine Festival includes various entertainment, all related to wine-making traditions.
Madeira Carnival ...national event
One of the biggest street parties in Europe, this is Madeira's answer to Rio! It starts off with a parade through Funchal with samba bands, dance troupes and sparkling costumes. The carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday with another parade when the streets are lined with locals in costumes.
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