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 spectacle y…
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 py…
Carnival 'take two' is an incredibly colourful celebration of Madeira's diverse plantlife with floats weighed down in blossoms and a parade passing through Funchal's city centre to a samba beat.
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.
The second biggest bash of the year (after carnival) with a gargantuan fireworks display that uses the entire city as a pyrotechnical amphitheatre.
Food, flowers and faith combine to celebrate the island's patron saint, the Lady of Monte. Held in Monte around the Igreja de Nossa Senhora.
Marathon, half marathon and fun runs that mostly avoid Funchal's hills.