Nov 24th, 2022
Madeira delivers Christmas Magic for Golfers
Three stunning golf clubs can get you into the festive spirit
Photography: Francisco Correia
Golfers visiting any of Madeira’s three stunning golf clubs can get into the festive spirit on and off the course before a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration welcomes in 2023 in style.
At the heart of these celebrations is the city of Funchal, which is set to come alive with light from December 1 to January 8. Colour fills the capital throughout the Christmas season, as well as nativity scenes and a host of music performances to commemorate the occasion. Holiday celebrations have long been a part of Funchal’s rich history, making it the place to be for anyone visiting the island over Christmas.
A particular highlight is the Funchal Market Night, a tradition every year on December 23. This unmissable event joins cultures from far and wide in a party atmosphere. Christmas carols ring through the streets as stalls sell regional specialties and poncha, a local favourite made with brandy, honey and lemon juice.
However, the action in Madeira does not stop when the sun sets on Christmas Day. Funchal’s New Years’ Eve firework displays are famously renowned across Europe and were officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘The Greatest Firework Show in the World’ in 2006. Golfers looking for the perfect way to kick off the new year need look no further than this explosive display as it illuminates the night air over Funchal.
The Santo Amaro Festival continues the fun on January 15, marking the end of Christmas festivities while looking ahead to 2023. This religious festival, based in the city of Santa Cruz, features a candlelit procession and live music and is the perfect way for golfers to unwind after the busy festive period.
Named the world and Europe’s ‘Leading Island Destination’ at the World Travel Awards in 2021, Madeira has become especially popular with golfers thanks to a trio of diverse golf courses. With the Madeira Golf Passport, guests can now access all three for one price at exceptional value.
With options priced at €360 for five rounds or €225 for three rounds, golfers can enjoy incredible views and thrilling holes at Clube de Golfe Santo da Serra or Palheiro Golf. A short boat trip across the Atlantic can take the keenest golfers to Porto Santo Golfe, an exclusive 27-hole venue, as part of an additional premium package. The Madeira Golf Passport can be booked by individuals or groups, making it the best way for any visiting party to experience the island’s unique golf offering.
For further information on Madeira, go to www.madeiraallyear.com.