Madeira News: SEAFOOD DISHES that must be eaten in MADEIRA!

1. Filete de Espada (Swordfish Filet)

The most typical fish of Madeira Island is the black scabbard fish “Espada“, which swims in deep waters and which has a scary aspect, at least when viewed in the market. However, it is also very tasty, especially when prepared on “Madeiran Way”, with passion fruit and banana sauce. The restaurant “Casa Madeirense “, “Classico” or “Doca do Cavacas” in Funchal and also the Restaurant “Preia Mar” in Madelena do Mar (Ponta do Sol) or “Maré Alta” (Machico) are some of the most popular restaurants for a great “Espada”.

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2. Lapas (Limpets)

A Madeiran specialty, much appreciated by locals and visitors. The limpets “Lapas” are cooked upwards in a frying pan of their own and their taste increase when splashed with fresh lemon and butter. The typical Bolo do Caco is a great accompaniment to this snack. We sugest you some Restaurants around the island to try this

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3. Polvo (Octopus)

Octopus is a very popular dish here in Madeira, although it is not a typically Madeiran dish. It can be served as a “dentinho” or as an entree, a marinade or with rice.

4. Truta (Grilled Trout)

In Ribeiro Frio there are the famous trout nurseries where they produce large quantities of trout. Due to this, in the parish of São Roque do Faial, the Ribeiro Frio Grilled Trout is an appreciated typical dish of this parish.

5. Bife de Atum (Tuna Steak)

Tuna is one of the most popular dishes in Madeira, and is usually eaten in the form of steak. Tuna is a fish abundant in the seas of the island hence have a strong component in the traditional cuisine of the region.

The Madeiran Tuna steaks are usually prepared in a marinade of olive oil, garlic, salt and oregano. It is served with cooked or fried corn, or boiled potatoes, rice and salad.

6. Castanhetas

The “Castanheta” is a fish that is found with abundance in the coast of Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands. They are seasoned with salt and fried in very hot oil. When serving, you can season with lemon juice and accompany with what you like best, we guarantee that they are a delight!

7. Chicharros Fritos

The “Chicharro” is a small fish that abounds in the Madeira seas and, for that reason, has played in the recent past an important role in Madeira gastronomy. It can be eaten fried, grilled or baked, being currently more common to find it fried.

8. Cracas

The “Cracas” are calcareous formations that develop in colonies on the rocks of the marine coasts, from where they are uprooted by hammering. We can find them on Porto Santo Island and also in Madeira Island. They are considered a fine snack with an incomparable sea flavor. It is worth trying this delicacy if you are seafood lover.

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Madeira News: MUSEUM DAY & NIGHT: Free Admission 18th May

This year’s International Museum Day, which is celebrated on the 18th of May, features the theme “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”, in an allusion to the relationship that can be created between the visitor of a given museum and the displayed collections.

On this day the museums are free, and it is possible to visit their exhibitions and works and participate in initiatives prepared exclusively for this commemorative day. The opening hours are also extended so that more visitors have the opportunity to visit the museums.

Some of the museums of the Region adhere to the “European Museums Night”, one of the most popular and anticipated initiatives, allowing visitors to enjoy the institutions’ cultural offerings in an unique timetable.

Museums include MUDAS. CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, CALHETA MADEIRA

Designed by architect Paulo David, Mudas.Contemporary Art Museum, has received international awards for its architecture and seamless integration into the landscape and hosts various exhibitions, musical performances, plays and lectures.
Mudas.Contemporary Art Museum is located in Calheta Municipality in the west of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, just over 30 minutes from Funchal.

Its museological and artistic collection was transferred from the S. Tiago Fort , in Funchal, totalling 400 pieces, spanning from the 60s to the present day.

This facility has a construction area of about 12,000 m² and was built as an extension to the existing Calheta Culture House, where the “Gallery” currently operates.
The Mudas.Contemporary Art Museum includes an exhibition area, auditorium, library, shop, cafeteria, restaurant and a large area for cultural activities and artistic studios and workshops and an underground car park with a capacity for 92 cars.

The building was designed to create a sober and pleasant environment, providing views from the inside, over the sea and the surrounding hills, with breath taking landscapes.

The mission of this cultural entity is to raise public awareness of and interest in the arts in general and contemporary art in particular, promoting lifelong learning and education through art.

Madeira News: GOLDEN GATE reopening MAY 2017

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“A placa “Golden gate” está de volta à “esquina do mundo”. Os trabalhos ainda prosseguem, mas, se tudo decorrer conforme as perspetivas dos donos, o emblemático estabelecimento reabre no final deste mês.

Com efeito, no Golden gate os trabalhos prosseguem a bom ritmo. O empresário João Dionísio Sousa adquiriu, recorde-se, o imóvel em hasta pública promovida pelo Governo Regional e promoveu obras de restauro. Só nos próximos dias é que o edifício poderá ser fotografado e dado a conhecer, mas é já visível a placa que dá nome a um dos mais famosos estabelecimentos do Funchal.”

SOURCE: Jornal da Madeira

Madeira News: MADEIRA ATLANTIC FESTIVAL 2017: Firework display EVERY SATURDAY night in June !

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The Madeira Atlantic Festival, an event that sets the beginning of the summer season in Madeira, is one of the most recent tourist entertainment events, to be held betweem June 3rd to 24th.

This event consists of a diverse set of initiatives spread throughout the month of June, with emphasis on the pyromusical shows over Funchal Cruise Ship Port; the Atlantic Roots Festival and the Regional Arts Week.

Saturdays
The pyromusical shows are held on four consecutive Saturdays of the month of June, at 10:30 p.m. at the pier outside Pontinha. These wonderful and exciting performances, lasting about 20 minutes each, combine fireworks and music in a unique experience for tourists and residents.

In these shows, companies will compete for a trophy awarded by public vote, through the Internet and boxes located in strategic places in Funchal city (City Pier – day of the show, La Vie, Marina Shopping, Av. Arriaga Tourism Office).

Other initiatives that are included on the schedule:

Regional Bread Fair
The Regional Bread Fair is an event organised by the Funchal Lions Club for over 20 years and usually takes place at Largo da Restauração, with the purpose of raising funds for the club’s charity works. Each installment of this event includes entertainment by folk groups in the mornings and afternoons of each festival day, and a Serenade after the fireworks.

Atlantic Roots Festival
The 2016 edition comes with new surprises. With a new image and programming, location, date, and concept, this festival merges different genres, sounds, as well as new musical trends through a more select artistic quality approach, with particular emphasis on the Lusophone component.

This three-day festival (June 9th to 11th) aims to reach a demanding, but very diversified audience. Its overall aim is to a have a greater international projection, while also strengthening the region’s cultural offer.

The main stage will be at the gardens of the emblematic Quinta Magnólia, between 9th and 11th June, a musical event with some surprises. The first night of the festival will be dedicated to national music, the second night to new sounds and trends such as Black Music, Soul or Funk, and the third and last night will highlight the excellence of Portuguese music. Among this edition’s many headliners, the ones that stand out are Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Lula Pena (Portugal), Petite Noir (South Africa) and Sons of Kemet (United Kingdom), among others.

Regional Arts Week
This is an event organized by the Regional Art Education Association – AREArtística, intended to showcase the learning and artistic skills of Madeiran students, acquired during school, through various activities that will be held in the city centre, specifically the “Feast at the Gardens”, the Regional Artistic Meetings, the Regional Exhibition of Artistic Expression, and ESCOLartes. The programme includes several artistic performances in the areas of Song, Drama/Theatre, Instrumental, Traditional Madeiran Chordophones and Dance, in addition to the Regional Exhibition of Artistic Expression, which includes a Painting contest. This event, in its forth edition, shares the artistic work and experiments of about 4000 students from the local primary and secondary schools, and the participation of several groups in the field of Special Education, consolidating bonds between local schools and the community, from a social openness perspective.

Popular Saints Festivities
The Popular Saints Festivities are celebrations that are held in several countries, historically related to the summer solstice pagan festival, which was celebrated on June 24th. The Autonomous Region of Madeira is no exception, and a bit throughout the Region, the month of June is synonymous with celebrations in praise of the three Popular Saints: Saint Anthony, Saint John and Saint Peter. The Saint John altars, which constitute a festivity based in a neighbourhood tradition, in addition to the traditional food of the Popular Saints, holds a public contest of the Altars to the patron Saint. It takes place every year during the week that includes Saint John’s Day, usually the last week of June. It is held in Rua da Figueira Preta, Travessa dos Reis, Rua da Conceição and Praça do Carmo.