Based in the picturesque village of Camacha in the hills a few kilometres east of Madeira’s capital, Funchal, the Apple Festival takes place every October. The main attraction is the procession - a parade including a wide variety of apples which have been harvested by local farmers. Another highlight is the cider press where you’ll be able to see exactly how this popular tipple has been created for centuries. The celebrations continue into the early hours of the next morning with live bands, local food and plenty of traditional folklore dancing to keep you entertained.
The three-day Apple Festival, known locally as the Festa da Maçã, takes place annually in October in the small village of Camacha in the district of Santa Cruz. The festival begins on the Friday night with a DJ in the main square. The fun continues from 4pm on Saturday when the cider is pressed and the folk dancing officially begins. The music continues throughout Sunday from 12pm. If you’re planning to attend this popular local celebration, fly into the island’s main transport hub, Madeira Airport, which is served by several UK airlines including Jet2, Monarch Airlines and Thomson Airlines. From the airport, which is approximately 8 miles from the island’s capital of Funchal, you can get on a local bus to Camacha or take the Aerobus to Funchal if you’d like to spend some time there first.
A key part of the Apple Festival celebrations centre around the folklore dance group performances which take the stage throughout the weekend’s festivities. You’ll be able to witness choreography and music which has been passed down through generations of Madeiran families and is kept alive via agricultural festivals such as this one. Traditional entertainment is complemented by more modern music such as karaoke which normally takes place on the Friday night.
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While you’re in Madeira, make sure you find time to see some of the amazing sights on this beautiful island, such as Pico do Arieiro, Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Cabo Girao.
To find out more information about this traditional festival, please contact the municipal region’s official website where you’ll be able to stay up to date with the latest news about the festival, check out the official programme of events and find out more about the history of the Camacha Apple Festival.
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