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The Palheiro Gardens border the Casa Velha hotel in the grounds of the Palheiro Estate and were created by the first Conde de Carvalhal some 200 years ago. They are visited by 37-40.000 people every year.

Palheiro Estate is a treat for nature lovers with hundreds of interesting birds and trees. A total of 291 different species of birds have been recorded in the archipelago of Madeira, but only 42 breed on the islands.

The Madeira Island Fishery has a rich but relatively short history. The fishery was discovered some 30 years ago and visiting anglers have traditionally targeted Blue Marlin, Big eye tuna and shark. Dr. Antonio Ribeiro was supposedly the first person to catch a blue marlin off Madeira bringing ashore a fish of 740 pounds in 1973. His sons Roberto and Joe to this day religiously fish for Blue Marlin and carry on in their fathers footsteps.

Madeira has over the past years has produced some of the world's largest blue marlin, which is also reflected by the results of the annual July 4th Blue Marlin World Cup. Madeira was World Cup winner in 1995, 1996, 1997 and narrowly missed the World Cup fish in 2000. This year's result was a second place.

Madeira's many levada walks are an amazing way to see the island, there are many to choose from all over the island and we can provide you with more information about the various hikes and levada walks available.

Below are some details about the "Levada dos Tornos" which is one of our favourite walks and the levada which is closest to the Palheiro Estate as well as a few short walks.

We are delighted to offer our guests the possibility of swimming in the nearby Marine Reserve of the Lido Galomar Beach in Canico De Baixo.

For the price of €3 per person per day, our guests can enjoy this sheltered bay with its crystal clear water and unique lava finger rock which has been recognized as one of the best diving and snorkelling spots in Madeira Island. During the year, there are frequent visit of a friendly monk seal, a protected species in Madeira's Marine Reserves.

With year-round water temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees it is always swimming season under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards.

Palheiro Golf Madeira Island is one of Europe's most beautiful golf courses.

Set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate and lying adjacent to the five-star Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro - a Relais & Châteaux property - the 18-hole, par 72 Championship golf course meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland embroidered with lush, sub-tropical vegetation.

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