One of Madeira’s most colourful spectacles, the Madeira Flower Festival signifies the arrival of Spring on the island with a week-long flower extravaganza. Boasting flora and fauna from around the globe, Madeira’s unique climate allows the blossoming of flowers that wouldn’t normally be found in this part of the world. The highlight of the festivities is the Flower Parade which features hundreds of floats and participants, all adorned with some of the world’s most beautiful flowers. Watch as the entire island gets involved in this amazing display. The festival programme also features carpets of flowers which you’ll find laid out before you all around Funchal.
The Flower Festival is a week-long event which is centred around one of the capital’s main thoroughfares, Avenida Arriaga. While the highlight is undoubtedly the glorious Flower Parade, there are plenty of other activities happening around the city, most of them in the centrally located, Praça do Povo. If you’d like to attend the festival, the nearest airport is Madeira International Airport. From there, you can catch the Aerobus to the island’s capital of Funchal, just 8 kilometres away.
Madeira Flower Festival has been taking place since 1954 and is one of the island’s most popular events - in fact, Madeira is known as the ‘Island of Flowers’. Head to the large-scale flower market in the Praça do Povo where you can buy a piece of the festival to take home with you. Also at the Praça do Povo, you’ll find the flower exhibition which doubles up as a fiercely-fought competition where judges award prizes for the winners of this prestigious contest. While you’re checking out the competition entries, why not take part in a workshop. There are plenty taking place where you can learn more about Embroidery, Carving, Wickerwork and how to make the famous Madeira Flower Carpets.
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While you’re planning your trip to Madeira, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see and do on this historic island, including: Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Levada Caldeiraio Verde and Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Check out the local vineyards to sample some of the famous Madeira Wine.
To find out more information about this colourful festival, please head to the ‘Festa da Flor’ official website where you’ll be able to view the official programme of events and learn more about the history and traditions of the event.
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