The finest flower festival in the world?
Let’s take a leap to balmy spring days, when Madeira's capital Funchal hosts one of the finest floral festivals of them all, which more than anything encapsulates the island's traditions: the Madeira Flower Festival.
Here you won't fail to be wowed by this free celebration over several days of Madeira's floral glories.
Funchal's streets are bedecked in flowers and flower sculptures, while you can immerse yourself in a flower show like no other at Praca do Povo in the city centre.
The Children's Peace Parade
On top of that, the flower festival includes a charming children's peace parade with local youngsters dressed in their finery, and a flower market where you can further savour the wonder of this fine island's unique blooms.
And there's always a big parade on the Sunday of the festival, with dazzling floral floats and troupes of partying people done up to the nines in traditional local costume.