5 Reasons to visit Madeira during the winter

by | 9 Dezembro 2020 | Travel

Madeira has several events and activities throughout the year. But there are some events, which are very important, both for tourism and for those who live on the island. Madeira Island is known for a multitude of things, as each tourist thinks differently. Madeira is a tourist destination that many envy, not only for its beauty but also for tourist things that can be done. Interested in find 5 reasons to visit Madeira during the winter? So come on!

5 reasons to visit Madeira during the winter

1. Weather

First of all, it is the weather! It is a completely different way to experience winter. The island is full of diverse microclimates. Madeira Island is situated in the Atlantic Ocean north-west of Africa. The difference in altitude makes it possible in winter to find snow on the top of the mountains, as in Pico do Areeiro, but sunny weather at sea level. The subtropical climate in Madeira is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and as a result doesn’t have much of the temperature extremes.

2. Calm Surroundings

Despite of the stable clime throughout the year, winter months in Madeira Island are less occupied by the tourists. The streets, restaurants, museums, churches and levada walks are emptier but also other places of interest are not that crowded so take it as an advantage to visit the Island.

3. Traditional Food & Drinks

Come and don’t miss the opportunity to try traditional food served during this period. Madeira has more to offer than this paradise looking place, It has a spectacular gastronomy! For example, warm chestnuts are one of the favorite goodies which are very tasty. There are also other markets with many things to try, from traditional drinks like Poncha and Madeira Wine to local “Bolo do Caco” and others.

4. Christmas And New Year’s Eve

The Christmas and New Year celebrations in Madeira offer an eclectic program of cultural, popular and artistic events. Coming in December you can see spectacularly decorated streets of Funchal and colored lights lit in the main streets of the city until the beginning of January. The highlight of the New Year celebration is the firework display launched from about 50 stations that brings thousands of visitors to the Island every year.

5. Carnival Festival

The Madeira Carnival, one of the biggest street parties in Europe, evokes the effusive spirit of Rio de Janeiro! There are the two main events, the first called “Great Allegorical Parade” held on Saturday that is exhibiting the best bands and schools of samba with their colorful costumes. Carnival Festival in Funchal city centre, especially the central walkway of Avenida Arriaga, which becomes the focus for numerous street.

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