Madeira Wine Festival
At the beginning, it was only a tradition, a ritual, of wine growers… today the Madeira Wine Festival is now one of the major events of the island.
Festival dates : end of August to beginning of September
Taking place during the grape harvest in late August and early September, this event aims to recreate the old traditions of viticulture and celebrate the delicious Madeira wine which is enjoyed worldwide.
The festival begins in Câmara de Lobos where grapes are picked from the vines and the Pickers' Parade sees the grapes carried through the street. The grapes are then crushed the traditional way fastioned way the treading of the grapes and others related to wine-making traditions, that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors. In the centre of Funchal, the festival includes lights, sound, folk shows and many stands of Madeiran food and drink specialities for everyone.
The Pousada Pestana Churchill Bay opened in Câmara de Lobos in June 2019 and is the perfect location to enjoy the start of this important date in the Madeira calendar. With rooms decorated with Churchill's famous paintings, a seasonal rooftop pool, restaurant, bar and magnificent views across the bay, this is the perfect Pousada for a relaxing stay on the island.
If you don't like wine, don't worry there are plenty of events for you to enjoy in Madeira in August and September!
The Black Scabbard Fish Festival
Festival dates : 9th to 11th August 2019
Fished at a depth of several hundred metres, the Black Scabbard Fish or “Espada“ is one of the most typical specialities of Madeiran cuisine.
Between August 9 to 11th, Câmara de Lobos hosts the Black Scabbard Fish Festival, an event organised by the Parish Council of Câmara de Lobos, dedicated to one of the most typical gastronomic specialties of Madeira.
The event combines cuisine and entertainment in a festival filled with show of cooking performances, dance performances and plenty of music, in order to let people know a bit more about the primary fishing activity in the picturesque bay of Câmara de Lobos and show off the gastronomic potential of the tasty black scabbard fish.
Alongside the Black Scabbard Fish, you will have the opportunity to taste other gastronomical specialities, such as “Poncha“, the most known drink on Madeira Island which actually comes from Câmara de Lobos.
The Columbus Festival
Festival dates : 12th to 14th September 2019
The Columbus Festival is dedicated to the great navigator Christopher Columbus and is based on the historical re-enactment of the time when this famous merchant lived in neighbouring Porto Santo Island, recalling his stay in the Madeira Islands.
The festival takes place during the month of September, between the 12th and the 14th, in the city of Vila Baleira, and features a set of activities that seek to relive the epic Portuguese Discoveries.
The event includes the 'disembarking of Columbus', a 16th century market with food, crafts, street performances, circus arts, theatrical performances and staging of peace and war ordeals common at the time, games of skill, weapons training, acrobatics and juggling, lots of music and exotic dances, ensuring never-ending entertainment and lively festivities.
The Madeira Nature Festival
Festival dates : 1st to 6th October 2019
The Madeira Nature Festival promotes for a week tourist activities based on nature, encouraging direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira.
Whether on the land, in the air or in the sea, there is a plethora of different activities and tours, suitable for all ages. In addition to the activities exploring Madeira's natural beauty, part of this festival is dedicated to celebrating sports, entertainment, Madeiran culture and traditions.
In the downtown Funchal area you will find photography exhibitions, a small typical religious celebrations, a regional gastronomy show and performances by folk dancing groups.
The Laurisilva Madeira is the largest surviving laurel forest (the species of which can only be found on Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands) and forms part of the Parque Natural da Madeira which is where you will also find the Levadas, former man-made water channels which today are used to mark popular walking routes. This Laurisilva has beeen under the protection of UNESCO World Heirtage since 2009.