Category Archives: Attractions

Carnival Tradition Madeira Island

Did you know that … Carnival was a foolish game of running around, which included water, flour, eggs and tomatoes battles that appeared before the serpentine battles? In Funchal there was a particularly lively area on Shrove Tuesday, where all this running took place: it was located right on the city’s heart, in a road section at Rua da Carreira

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Madeira Atlantic Festival – Happy?

The Atlantic Festival, an event that marks the beginning of the summer season in Madeira, will this year integrate a diverse set of initiatives spread throughout the month of June, most importantly the International Fireworks Competition in Madeira; the Madeira Music Festival; the Regional Arts Week; and the “25th Tour of Madeira in Classic Cars – Classic Car Rally”.

Christmas Traditions on Madeira Island

The month of December can be a very busy one … especially for those who are preparing for the holidays festivities and Madeiran traditions. One of these traditions is the Presépio …. which is set up starting from 8th of December. It is the Christmas Nativity with all the usual figurines. You will find it in most homes here on

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Columbus Festival – Festival Colombo 2011

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

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Madeira 1927 till 1961 – The Movie

Relive the wonderful past of Madeira. A compilation of amateur short films (35mm, 16mm and 9.5mm) about Madeira. A private collection of Hugo Reis. See the trailer …

Festa da Anona

The idea of the Festa da Anona (Cherimoya Feast) was born in 1990, through a group of producers of Faial, that wanted to promote their products (fruit) and thus to call the attention the madeirenses in general. The initial idea was a Regional Cherimoya Exhibition, nowadays also known as the Anona Festival, … which is to be held at Faial

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What is Carnival / Carnaval?

Soon the Carnival fever will start here on Madeira Island … see previous post Carnival – Mardi Gras – Carnaval But have you asked yourself … what does the word “Carnival” stand for? Wikipedia offers some answers: The Carnival Season is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fasting of Lent. The origin of the name

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Madeira New Year Fireworks Live Stream

You can watch the famous Madeira New Year’s Fireworks show live … via the following live stream : The broadcast starts today at 23h30 (GMT). You want a sneak preview of what you can expect to see? Then check the following video of how the city of Funchal greeted the birth of the new year. Video made by Hugo

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Madeira Christmas Traditions

The month of December is a very busy one … especially for the locals who are preparing for the holidays festivities and traditions. One of these traditions is the Presépio …. which is set up from 8th of December. Christmas Nativity with all the usual figurines. You will find it in in most homes here on Madeira and also in

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What visitors really want?

The German television company WDR has broadcast at the beginning of this month in their weekly travel program Wunderschön! (Beautiful!), a 90 minutes report of Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (Island of Flowers), presented by Tamina Kallert. WebTV Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (90 min. German) Although it is in German and 1 hour and a half long … it is worth

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Suggestion for Flower Festival 2010

A incredible and great effort is done by everyone to restore Funchal and the rest of the island back to what it was. However I think we should also focus our attention to all the victims and those who lost their lives. Since the authorities objective is to make sure that the Flower Festival will take place this year ….

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Madeira 2010 Fireworks

Check out the first serie of the Madeira 2010 Fireworks videos. These are the first of the collection videos that we found on the web and we will be displaying them here or placing the link to the video page. By the way … Happy New Year! More videos ….

Events for this month

14th and 15th – Feast of Our Lady of Monte – Funchal This is considered to be the Region’s main feast concerning the people’s devotion, famous all over the world where emigrants from Madeira have settled. Great popular entertainment during the two festival days, transforms the picturesque and romantic parish of Monte into one of the liveliest places in the

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Monte Festival

One of the most popular religious (folk) festivals of Madeira will take place … the Monte Festival –A Nossa Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of the Mount). With this festival Funchal commemorates the deliverance of the people from hunger and plague. Celebrations consists of a city fair which lasts through the night, with braziers and all sorts of wonderful Madeirense

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Funchal Jazz Festival

For those of you who searches for “Jazz” on the web will notice that the last few years a new location has appeared on the top result pages, namely “Funchal Jazz Festival“. The 9th edition of authentic Jazz by famous artists, organized by Funchal Municipal Council, that will be held in the open air at the gardens of Quinta Magnólia

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International Fireworks Competition

Madeira was referred in the Guinness World Records to have the biggest fireworks event in the world. Maybe you will say to your partner Honey, lets watch the fireworks on Madeira!. We will need to wait till the end of the year? …. Actually, that is not true! This month the Regional Secretariat of Tourism and Culture organizes the Festival

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International Museum Day

On May 18th we celebrated the International Museum Day …. which this year it has as main theme Museums as agents of social change and development.