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The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011.

The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during the island’s sugar boom years and as the result of his marriage to Filipa de Moniz, the daughter of Isabel Moniz and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, the first Captain-Donatory of Porto Santo, and is held in tribute to the man who became a famous 15th century explorer.

In recent years, the festival has taken on the format of a historical recreation of everyday life in the 15th century, in particular in the period marked by Columbus’s time on the island, which enchants tourists and residents alike.

The programme includes a 15th century fair and supper, the landing of Christopher Columbus, a military detachment, a children’s area with Renaissance games, circus displays, plays, displays by groups of buccaneers and non-stop fun and entertainment including lots of music and European and oriental dances.

The local population and tourists are encouraged to take the part of characters in the festival and period costumes are provided that give an authentic feel to the event.

There are other side attractions taking place simultaneously, including regional gastronomy, crafts and other activities adding to the general bustle amid the historical figures.

Source: Madeira Turismo

This festival needs a better disclosure. Write the dates down in your agenda and visit Porto Santo on those days. It is worth it!


Juergen Math · August 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hi there !

It says here: tourists are also invited to participate as characters in festival colombo.

That sounds soo great. I am from Austria and I will be on Porto Santo on September 15th.

You think I can share this experience with you?

Pls let me hear from you, thanks !


Editor · August 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Hi Juergen,

Unfortunately I don’t know how you can participate as character in the Festival.

I suggest to contact with Madeira Tourism directly e-mail address

They will be happy to give you more information about the festival and other issues.

We would appreciate if you could let us know what your experience was. In advance we wish you lots of fun, pleasure and enjoyment when you are in the neighborhood.

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