Madeira and celebration of CDCR
Organizer = CDCR dos CTT
We will now be staying at
Vila Galé Santa Cruz
Rua São Fernando, 5
9100-173 Santa Cruz
which is a better hotel and also on the sea-front and 5 minutes away from the airport. For those who wish to book extra nights in the hotel, please note that the cost will be €150 for a double room and €135 for a single room, in both cases including breakfast. Payment for the extra nights will be made directly to the hotel.
Those persons who had requested exta nights are kindly asked to inform John as soon as possible whether they will stay at the hotel or look for other accomodation so that we can confirm/cancel any reservations for extra nights.
The price includes organiser (CDCR dos CTT) will offer all meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, wine-tasting etc.) and all tours, including buses and boats. The price also includes all costs related to accommodation (4 nights in hotel), all tours and visits, meals in restaurants including drinks (wine, poncha, coffee, water) and transport from/to the airport.
As usual, participants will assume the cost of travel to and from the event, in this case Madeira Airpo
Participation of Eurojumeleurs is welcome, but availability is limited to 40 places,
MPORTANT: Booking to be confirmed as soon as possible, on a first come, first served basis.
We hope to give participants a taste of Madeiran culture, gastronomy and an opportunity to meet our members from Madeira.
Together we will celebrate an important event in the calendar of CDCR Madeira: Dia do Asociado or Members’ Day.
Wednesday – 11.10.2023
Arrival in Funchal
Transfer from the airport to the Hotel
Dinner at the hotel or other restaurant.
Thursday – 12.10.23
Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 Departure from the hotel for the City Tour with lunch, visit to Monte and Eira do
We start the circuit by visiting the city of Funchal, visiting the most interesting points. Take advantage to know the Market, where there are all the regional products of the island of Madeira, for example, the beautiful flowers of the island, the abundance of exotic fruit and the fish market.
Afterwards, the visit continues to the Embroidery Workshop, where you can see the manufacture of all embroideries, as well as all different stages of production.
Our visit continues and you are invited to visit the Madeira Wine Cellars and, at the same time, you can taste the quality of this wine!
After this tasting you have lunch with drinks included in a local restaurant.
After dinner we will experience a wonderful and unique experience: we will take the cable car to Monte. From the cable car, it seems that we are flying over the city with the buildings standing alongside gardens and vegetable gardens. We can also admire the amphitheater and the bay of Funchal in a scenario of blue, green and orange colours.
We arrive at Monte, a small perched village which is also a place of pilgrimage where you will have the opportunity to visit the Church of Our Lady dedicated to the patroness of Madeira and sheltering the tomb of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor, Charles 1st of Austria who died in Madeira in 1922. In Monte we can also see one of the oldest ways of transport: the famous wicker sled (optional – not included in the price).
The tour continues towards Eira do Serrado, dominating the crater at the bottom of which nestles the picturesque village of Curral das Freiras (refuge of the nuns).
Return to the hotel.
20.00 Dinner at the club of CDCR Funchal
Friday – 13.10.23
Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 Departure from the hotel for the Porto Moniz tour with lunch at Cachalote Restaurant.
Among other beautiful attractions, this tour gives you the opportunity to see the most beautiful view, thanks to which Madeira acquired its reputation. With a short trip to the picturesque town of Câmara de Lobos, where Sir Winston Churchill spent his mornings painting while staying here, you continue to Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world.
After you arrive at Ribeira Brava on the south side of the island, a village right by the sea. Continuing along the side, you arrive at Ponta do Sol, where the sun shines all the time. After the road continues towards the plateau of Paúl da Serra, a vast uninhabited area located at 1600 meters above sea-level. Then, carved into the lava and sprinkled with waterfalls the road brings us to Porto
Moniz, a village famous for its natural volcanic pools.
13.00 Lunch at Cachalote Restaurant – we eat whilst being offered a fantastic view of the Atlantic ocean.
After lunch we visit one of the most picturesque villages of the island: São Vicente where you can admire the amazing scenery of the sea against the rocks. We return to Funchal, via Encumeada.
Saturday – 14.10.23
Breakfast at the hotel
Today we commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the CDCR of the CTTs of Funchal
08:45 – Departure from the Hotel towards Santo da Serra with a stop at Camacha for a short visit to the Osier Factory.
Afterwards our road continues until Quinta do Santo da Serra to attend the commemorations of the anniversary of Funchal CTT CDCR,
11 a.m. – Holy Mass (celebrated in a unique Madeiran ceremony).
Performance of the Philharmonic Band and the Class of Zumba from CDCR dos CTT.
1:30 p.m. – Typical lunch: beef skewers on Laurel Branches (HUGE!!! Like you never saw in your life.) and Madeira Macaroni, typical bread with garlic butter, drinks, including the famous PONCHA. (EAT and Drink as much as you like, and as often as you like!!).
Dessert: Birthday cake which will be served after singing of “Happy Birthday” with a cup (or 2 or more) of Madeira wine.
2:30 p.m. onwards:
Auction of fruit and vegetables – be careful if you win a box of bananas you have to take it in your luggage! Snacks and drinks continue to be served.
5:00 p.m. – Return to the hotel
Since we have eaten and drank so much during the day, dinner will not be served, however participants are free to visit Funchal and maybe take a small snack or a drink, etc.
Sunday – 15.10.23
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel
Transfer by the organiser from the hotel to the airport.