Top ChoiceCarnival in Funchal


The calendar's biggest party hits Funchal in late winter when the island is busiest. One of the world's best carnivals, the main attraction is the 9pm two-hour-long procession along Funchal's seafront, a...

Top ChoiceNew Year in Funchal

Fim do Ano

The second biggest bash of the year (after Carnaval) with a gargantuan fireworks display that uses the entire city as a pyrotechnical amphitheatre. It's one of the most popular times to be on the island and...

Top ChoiceParade in Funchal

Festa da Flor

Carnaval 'take two' is an incredibly colourful celebration of Madeira's diverse plant life, with floats weighed down in blossoms and a parade passing through Funchal's city centre to a samba beat.

Fireworks in Funchal

Festival do Atlântico

Madeira has a tradition of lighting the blue touch paper – the Atlantic's greatest pyromaniacs have held the world record for the biggest display a couple of times. This Funchal festival celebrates the art of the...

Food & Drink in Funchal

Noite do Mercado

This popular evening event sees locals gather at the Mercado dos Lavradores and its surrounding streets to eat, drink, listen to folk music and wish each other a merry Christmas until the small hours.

Religious in Funchal

Festa de Nossa Senhora do Monte

Food, flowers and faith combine to celebrate the island's patron saint, the Lady of Monte. Held in Monte around the Igreja da Nossa Senhora. Note this is a national holiday across Portugal.

Food & Drink in Mountains - Interior

Festa da Castanha

The chestnut festival held in Curral das Freiras is one of the island's most mouth-watering foodie events, with all the dishes on offer containing the local castanhas.