Celebrations

The people of Madeira celebrate some festivals each year. If you visit Madeira as a tourist on one of these festivals, you are welcome to attend these celebrations and enjoy the hustle and bustle in the streets.

Christmas

Christmas on Madeira is a glittering world in itself. Traditional and modern, cheesy to colorful. Holidaying on Madeira for Christmas is a special experience. Nativity scenes with life-size figures can be admired everywhere.

New Year

On New Year's Eve, many cruise ships anchor in the port of Funchal. In the evening, many small stalls with food and drinks are set up in the streets of the city. Madeira welcomes the New Year with its unique fireworks.

Carnival

Numerous groups of colorful costumes dance to samba rhythms through the streets of Funchal. It reminds a bit of Carnival in Rio - a spectacle for all the senses.

Flower Festival

Flower Power in the streets of Funchal. All flowers on Maderia are presented here in different ways. Every year in May, the Maderens decorate Funchal with an incredible amount of flowers.

Atlantic Festival

Every year in June, concerts are held with well-known predominantly potruguese artists in churches, the Casa das Mudas Cultural Center in Calheta and the Baltazar Dias City Theater. Every Saturday there is a big fireworks at dusk.

Nossa Senhora do Monte

On the 14th and 15th of August, a procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Nossa Senhora do Monte takes place in Monte, where the little figure is carried through the streets. It is the most important festival of the Madeirans. Believers on their knees climb the imposing staircase of the famous church with its 68 steps.

Wine Festival

At the end of August, the harvest begins in Madeira. The grapes for the Madeira wine are still harvested by hand. In the streets of Funchal there are folklore performances, Madeiran delicacies and of course a lot of wine.

Oldtimer Rally

Every year, the classic car club of Madeira organizes the tour of the Madeira Classic Rally. It does not depend on the speed, but on the original and perfect state of the "oldies." They cover a distance of about 400 km in these four days.

Did you know?

Monte


This small, romantic village, located about 6 km from the city center in the hills of Funchal, was once the in-resort for Europe's 'high society'. One of its most famous attractions was a cogwheel railway that once connected Monte with Funchal. Remains of this railway, especially the old railway station at the foot of the mountain, can still be seen today. 

Karl I, the last Austrian emperor, found exile on the island of Madeira after he was deposed during the First World War. He and his family found their new home in Quinta do Monte, but only six months later, the ex-emperor died of pneumonia. His grave can be found in the famous pilgrimage church 'Nossa Senhora do Monte', which can be reached by an impressive staircase with 68 steps.

One of the most traditional festivals, and certainly the largest church festival in Madeira, is the folk festival on the day of the 'Assumption of Mary', which always begins on the eve of the 15th of August. An incredible number of locals attend a procession in honor of the Virgin Mary every year.