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Tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace

Belmond Reid's Palace Tea

A unique experience that we recommend our clients while visiting Madeira, is to enjoy the afternoon tea at the Belmond Reid’s Palace.

The historic hotel is located on top of a cliff, therefore it has a magnificent view of the Funchal Harbor and is surrounded by lush subtropical gardens. Since its construction in 1891 by Scotsman William Reid, it quickly became an attraction to European royalty and English aristocracy.

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Winston Churchill, Emperor Karl Von Habsburg, Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, dramatist George Bernard Shaw and more recently Jean-Marie Le Pen and Stephanie of Monaco, are some of the important guests the luxury hotel has welcomed.

Afternoon Tea:

“Anticipate a truly timeless affair.”

Certainly, the afternoon tea is a unique and very special experience that you shouldn’t miss!

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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The 36€ Menu includes delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade pastries, all accompanied by your choice from a selection of 24 teas (green, black or infusions). For the champagne lovers, you can also request a glass of champagne for 18,50€ more.

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Tea is served in the hotel’s beautiful terrace with a breathtaking view over the City Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. If you want, you can also enjoy a botanical tour of the hotel subtropical gardens. The stroll through the gardens happens twice a week.

Belmond Reid's Garden

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The afternoon tea is available daily from 3pm to 4:30pm. The hotel dress code for the afternoon tea is smart casual dress, as a result, no sportswear or shorts allowed.

To visit the Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Menu, click here.

Have you experienced the afternoon tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira? Tell us about it!

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Portugal Day, what do Portuguese people celebrate today?

Happy Day of Portugal

Every year, June 10 marks officially the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities.

 

Portugal Day is an official holiday only observed in Portugal, but the Portuguese communities all around the world celebrate the National Holiday. The date commemorates the death of Luís de Camões (June 10, 1580). The reason why it is celebrated on his death date is due to the fact that his birth date is unknown.

 

Praça Luís de Camões, Lisbon

Praça Luís de Camões, Lisbon

 

Camões was an adventurer, fighter and a literary icon that wrote “Os Lusíadas”. The Lusíadas is a national epic poem that celebrates the15th-century Portuguese Explorations and achievements, that brought fame and fortune to the country. This poem became a symbol of the Portuguese Empire and is considered one of the most important works in Portuguese literature. When he died, in 1580, the Portuguese succession crisis happened resulting in Phillip II of Spain claiming the Portuguese throne. After this, for three decades Portugal was ruled by three generations of Spanish kings. It was until 1640 when the country regained its independence and John of Bragança, became King John IV of Portugal.

 

Guardia Nacional Republicana

Photo: Guardia Nacional Republicana

 

During the Carnation Revolution, Portugal Day celebrations were officially suspended in 1974. The celebrations resumed after 1974 and were expanded to include the Portuguese Communities, Portuguese emigrants and their descendants living in communities all around the world.

 

Happy Day of Portugal

Happy Day of Portugal

 

We wish you a very happy Day of Portugal! If you are Portuguese, tell us in the comments how do you celebrate it where you are?