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3rd March 2013

Madeira Festivals


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by VERITA ALONZO

Madeira is the most popular wine spots in Europe. In the late summer - early autumn Madeira sparkles with bright colors. This is an event with fireworks, theatrical performances and folk dances. And the highlight of the event is the Portuguese wine of course. The celebration doesn’t stop during night and day.

Wine Festival Celebration

Wine is the symbol of Madeira. There are many legends of its origin. The most famous one tells about a merchant, who took his wine to the mainland. But some part does not fit into the hold of the ship and transported directly to the deck in the hot sun to the same vessel has fallen into a violent storm.

The drink was considered flawed, but on arrival it was found that the wine was actually acquired a very unusual and exquisite taste. After some time, winemakers in the region learned to give wine such an interesting taste, keeping it in oak barrels in the scorching sun. During the wine festival, the exhibition, tells visitors a lot about Madeira and its wine.



Being one of the Top Places to go in Portugal Madeira is also popular for its flower festival. Every spring, thousands of tourists try to get to Madeira to become a member of one of the most exciting events in the life of the island - Flower Festival (Festa da Flor). The tradition of the festival was found in the late 1950s, when it was suggested in honor of spring, and to organize an exhibition in it all the variety of local flowers. Since then, every April the streets of Funchal, it is a capital of the island, which is magically transformed as if by magic. However, this is not the tricks of the children’s fairy tales and amazing craftsmanship of hundreds of florists. Streets and squares are covered with bright floral carpets.

There is music everywhere, and there are also lots of “magic” characters in incredible costumes. In the white tents on the universal admiration exhibited the most beautiful tropical plants and reigns here magnificent orchid. And here is the “Gnomes” early in the morning went to works, its Madeira’s students gather at the municipal area to build a thousand flowers “Wall of Hope” - as a symbol of peace and faith in goodness. And you will find incredibly beautiful procession: great songs from thousands of colors move through the main streets of the city, accompanied by singing, dancing and admiring cheers of spectators.

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