Madeira Island Local Customs

  • Carneval in Madeira.
    Carneval in Madeira.
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  • Preparing for carneval in Madeira.
    Preparing for carneval in Madeira.
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  • Carneval in Madeira.
    Carneval in Madeira.
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    Carnival

    by AnaMargarida Written Jun 27, 2005

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    "Traditionally there are two Carnival parades in Madeira, which are very different from each other. The most important one, the allegoric parade, which takes place always on the Saturday of the Carnival weekend, is the more sophisticated one and needs a great deal of commitment and organisation from all the groups and the people involved.
    The second parade, called ‘trapalhão’, traditionally floods the streets of the city centre with thrilling joy on ‘Mardi gras’ (Tuesday ending the Carnival period). In this parade everybody can take part and the – sometimes quite daring – costumes and depicted caricatures are left to the participants’ own imagination."
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    New Year celebrations

    by AnaMargarida Written Jun 22, 2005

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    The best time in Madeira: varied programme of cultural, folk and artistic events, beginning in November, when the lights are switched on in the centre of Funchal, lasting all through December and only ending on Twelfth Night.

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    Tiles - Azulejos (part 2)

    by Jerelis Written May 11, 2005

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    Mercado at Ribeira Brava

    Another beautiful example of the Azulejos ( Portuguese glazed tiles that are used to decorate places like outside of houses, walls and churches) is the one at the Ribeira Brava Market

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    On the left they were selling meat and on the right fish.

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    Tiles - Azulejos

    by Jerelis Updated May 10, 2005

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    Azulejos are Portuguese glazed tiles that are used to decorate places like outside of houses, walls and churches.

    * The craft was brought over by the Moors already in the eigth century.
    * The world 'azulejo' comes from an Arabic word, which means 'small stone'.

    Just keep your eyes open for them!

    Another beautiful example is the one at the Ribeira Brava Market -- On the left they were selling meat and on the right fish.

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    Azulejos

    by sachara Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    entrance airport

    Azulejos are the painted tiles, which tell a story. Several tiles are combined to a complete motif in a tableau. The colours are mostly blue and white.

    Everywhere at Madeira island you can discover these azulejos, at benches, fountains, public buildings, churches. Even in the airport, entering the building, in the corridor from the platform to the luggage hall, the first you see are these striking azulejos.

    The art of making and painting tiles came originally from Rome and Byzantium.

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    Santana - Festival of traditional song and dance

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 28, 2004

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    The town's parish church of 1698.

    Each July a large festival of traditional song and dance is held in the village and draws large crowds of locals and tourists alike. During ou walk through the town we ended up at a nice little park in the centre of the town with the town's parish church. This church was built in 1698 and features impressive retables to the two side altars. We also liked the fact that this church was richly ornamented.

    Santana is also known for its enormous amount of local flowers. The town is beautifully situated at the nort east side of the island. Many peole use it as a starting point for one of Madeira's most spectacular Levada Walks towards "Calderão Verde" (the Green Cauldron) and Pico Ruivo (1861 m), the highest peak of the island.

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    The village of Santana

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    The village is situated at the north east coast of the islans, just a few hundred meters away from the ocean. It's a 39 km drive from the capital of Madeira, Funchal.

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    Santana - Thatched roofs and pannelled interiors.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 28, 2004

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    Another authentic house in the streets of Santana.

    With their thatched roofs and wood-pannelled interiors, the famous triangular shaped houses of Santana are a must see attraction in Madeira. These Casas de Colmo are made from straw. More than 100 of them still excist, thanks to a tourism initiative to reward the best-kept house. Some open their door to visitors and we we very surprised by the amount of available space inside.

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    The village of Santana

    Directions:
    The village is situated at the north east coast of the islans, just a few hundred meters away from the ocean. It's a 39 km drive from the capital of Madeira, Funchal.

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    Santana - Named after St. Anne.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 28, 2004

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    One of the many Casas de Colmo.
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    Named after St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, Santana is a village of hedgerows and flowers on the north eastern side of Madeira Ilsand. Complete with waterfalls, cobble-stoned streets, luch green meadows and plunging ravines, it is maybe one of the most picturesque and caracteristic villages in Europe.

    Address:
    The village of Santana

    Directions:
    The village is situated at the north east coast of the islans, just a few hundred meters away from the ocean. It's a 39 km drive from the capital of Madeira, Funchal.

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    Traditional folklore dance

    by ncfg Updated Jan 3, 2004

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    The traditional folklore dance and the colour costumes are really beautiful.
    I had enjoyed seeing them in the Traditional Restaurant i went. After the meal a folklore group had dance and sing, showing the beauty of their costumes.

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    Camacha

    by sandysmith Written Nov 7, 2003

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    basket weaver at work

    The small village of Camacha is just a few kilometres above the city of Funchal and is known as the Maderian capital of culture being the centre of its willow craft industry.
    The village itself is small - two churches one modern, one traditional - so most people just come to see the basket weaving workshop and buy some of its produce in the large touristic shop here. The workshop is in the basement here.

    If coming independently here (rather than on a tour) I would recommend the levada walk to the Jasmin Tea House - allow abou 2-3 hours for this.

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    Get ahead get a hat!

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 30, 2003

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    is it a tea cosy!

    Well according to my Madeira guidebook to blend in like the locals these hats are the thing to wear. Well I reckon I just look daft ;-0
    Don't know why the locals need to wear these hats to keep their ears warm when the climate is warm all year round - would have thought it was more suitable to Tibetans!

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    Arraiais

    by salinhopt Written Sep 30, 2003

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    Madeira Island - Arraial do Monte

    To enjoy the Madeirense favourite weekend activity you must find a suitable arraial, which occur every weekend throughout the summer. Passear means to meander. Arraiais are the place to hangout with a cool Coral beer and maybe eat some chicken or espetada. Nothing really much happens at a arraial but there is plenty of noise and walking about. There are local arraiais, traditional music, live rock bands and municipal bands. Listen out at midday on Saturday and you will hear, and maybe see, the fireworks that announce where the arraial will be held.

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    Madeira Wine Festival

    by Travelchili Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    A 'small' wine bottle

    The wine harvest in Madeira takes place over the first weekend in September and it is celebrated with bare-foot wine treading and folk dancing in Estreito de Camara de Lobos. It is a wonderful experience, so watch out for it if you happen to visit Madeira in September. In addition to celebrations in Estreito de Camara de Lobos, you can see special shows, exhibitions and celebrations in Funchal as well, even though you won't see the bare-foot wine treading like you would in Camara de Lobos.

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    Another azulejo

    by Travelchili Written Sep 14, 2003

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    Azulejo

    * The craft was brought over by the Moors already in the eigth century.
    * The world 'azulejo' comes from an Arabic word, which means 'small stone'.
    * The azulejo on the photo was on the wall of a big fish market in Funchal. It was a great place to visit, so add it to your 'must-see' list when you visit Madeira.

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    Azulejos

    by Travelchili Written Sep 14, 2003

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    Azulejo

    Azulejos are Portuguese glazed tiles that are used to decorate places like outside of houses, walls and churches. The one on the picture was taken on a small town market -- on the left they were selling meat and on the right fish. Just keep your eyes open for them!

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