The biggest fireworks extravaganza in the world?
The vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of Madeira, Funchal, knows exactly how to pull out all the stops when it comes to welcoming in the New Year, every year.
Elegant and picturesque Funchal plays host to a mammoth New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Once seen, the sight will stay with you forever.
And Madeira’s display can make the proud boast of being the biggest fireworks extravaganza in the world.
The best place to see the display
The best vantage point from which to lap up this awe-inspiring technicolour bonanza is without doubt on board a ship in Funchal harbour itself.
Cruise ships make an annual beeline to Funchal’s superlative celebrations for that reason, other than the city being an absolutely splendid place to visit any time of year, of course.
Approaching Funchal harbour from the deck of a ship is pure theatre in itself, that never fails to stir your inner romantic.
Flanked by green mountains speckled with whitewashed dwellings, the harbour is slapbang in the heart of the town, and so perfectly placed for the drama of the big firework display framed as it is in a natural amphitheatre.