Autumn Festivals in Madeira
Though Madeira has lots to offer any visitor at any time of year, these annual festivals are a great excuse to leave behind the dreary autumn weather in Britain and head to Madeira to experience the island’s authentic charm.
- Madeira Wine Festival – Madeira Wine Festival begins as summer ends with a couple of weeks of exhibitions, performances, crafts and, of course, wine tastings. Funchal is filled with the equipment and activities of traditional viticulture and lined with living portraits enacting the history of the wine-making process.
- The Columbus Festival – Christopher Columbus had a special relationship with Madeira as he married the daughter of an influential captain in Porto Santo. It is said that his first child was born on the island. The explorer’s first visit to Madeira is commemorated each year in September with a week of festivities which culminate in a re-enactment of his arrival into Porto Santo harbour.
- Madeira Organ Festival – The ten-day Madeira Organ festival, usually held in October, is an amazing opportunity for visitors to experience some of the rich musical traditions of the island and visit a range of fascinating churches and cathedrals. Audiences of locals and tourists gather to hear performances centred around the organ and featuring choirs, soloists, percussion groups and more.
I am recommending three stunning hotels from our portfolio in Funchal, each would make an excellent base for an autumnal getaway in Madeira.
Porto Santa Maria
The charming Porto Santa Maria is nestled in the heart of Funchal’s old town, by the sea front with access to the water. It also has great access to the town, perfect for afternoon explorations. A selling point for child-free travellers is that this hotel is adults only, so you can enjoy the pool without fear of being splashed. Ask one of our team to secure you a sea view room to fully benefit from this hotel’s location.
Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
The Quinta Bela Sao Tiago has a history stretching back over one hundred years. Today the hotel offers all the modern conveniences, including free Wi-Fi, and has been respectfully restored. We recommend rooms with a garden or sea view: the junior suites, in particular, are pleasantly spacious, ideal for couples. Food lovers will appreciate the four-course dinner menu, as well as the opportunity to eat at other Quinta hotels nearby.
Castanheiro Boutique Hotel
This recently opened four-star hotel is located in the centre of Funchal. Culture lovers will enjoy staying here as it is made up of five historic townhouses linked by traditional courtyards. It is also close to many interesting historic sites in Funchal, including the old university. Though some of the buildings are over two hundred years old, the rooms are stylish and effortlessly combine the modern and the historic. My favourite rooms here are the Deluxe Rooms which each have a small balcony, the perfect place for a quiet glass of wine in the evening.