New Year’s Eve in Madeira - All About Portugal
New Year’s Eve at Madeira is famed due to its fireworks listed as the world’s largest firework display in the Guinness Book of World Record.
New Year’s Festivities attract thousands of tourists to Madeira Island every year. One of the main reasons is the fireworks that since 2006 is listed as “The world’s largest firework display” in the Guinness Book of World Records and is one of the most beautiful and imposing pyrotechnic displays one may witness, bringing a colorful magic to the natural amphitheatre that houses Funchal city.
The fireworks are distributed among the innumerous lookouts over the island’s capital as well as along the seafront avenue. Both tourists and locals head toward the seafront avenue or the city pear hoping to get the best view of the fantastic display. However, it is said that the really lucky ones who have the best view are the passengers of the numerous cruise ships anchored along the Funchal bay.
At midnight the waiting is finally over and the Madeira sky fills with light and color for about 10 minutes with the fireworks launched from different strategic places around the city’s amphitheatre. It is then time to welcome the New Year with the traditional champagne and the twelve raisins. Yet, the party doesn’t end with the fireworks, on the contrary. Merriment and merrymakers shift to the many discotheques, bars, hotels and private parties that last all night long.
The survivors of the longest night of the year may enjoy the performances of brass bands and folklore dance groups on January the 1st from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.. Those who need a few hours’ sleep shouldn’t miss the opportunity to attend the New Year’s Concert by the Madeira Classic Orchestra at Madeira Tecnopólo, the Madeira Technology and Science Park, at 6:00 p.m.
On the 2nd and 5th of January the brass bands and the folklore dance groups return to liven up once more the streets of Funchal’s downtown.
You know what it’s said:
If there’s a place to come and celebrate life, then that place is Madeira.