Nestled between the capital city of Funchal and the popular picturesque village of Camacha, you’ll find Santo da Serra, the location of Madeira’s annual Cider Festival. From exhibitions devoted to the production and varieties of this apple-based drink to demonstrations showing exactly how the apples are pressed, this event is a celebration of cider. As is typical on the island of Madeira, the festival is accompanied by plenty of eating, drinking and making merry. Local folklore troupes are on hand to provide their unique style of traditional dancing and bands from all over the island flock to Santa da Serra to keep you dancing until you drop.
The free Cider Festival in Santo da Serra takes place in Madeira every year at the end of September or beginning of October. A popular celebration due to the abundance of apples in the region, it’s definitely worth taking a look if you’d like to get a taste of the ‘real’ Madeira. If you’re planning to fly in for the festival, you’ll find that a variety of airlines fly into Madeira Airport, including Monarch Airlines and Jet2. The airport is located a mere 8 miles from the island’s capital of Funchal, so just hop on a local bus to Santo da Serra or take the Aerobus to Funchal if you’d like to see the city sights first.
Madeira is famous for its alcoholic beverages. No doubt you will have heard of Madeira Wine, the most renowned of them all, but the islands also produce a wide variety of lesser known beverages. The main ingredient of the local “Poncha” is sugar cane topped up with honey and fresh lemon, although there are various types of punch depending on the region. “Pé de Cabra” is a unique concoction of powdered chocolate, beer and wine - a winter drink which will definitely warm you up. And of course, there’s the cider - fermented apple juice which takes on the flavour of the wooden casks in which it’s stored. Come to Madeira for the Cider Festival and try it out for yourself!
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While you’re in Madeira, make sure you find time to see some of the incredible sights on this unique island, such as Pico do Arieiro, Ponta de Sao Lourenco and the views from the Cabo Girao summit.
To find out more information about this traditional festival, please contact the municipal region’s official website where you’ll be able to find out more about the history of the Madeira Cider Festival, stay up to date with the latest news about the Mostra da Sidra and check out the official programme of events.
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