It’s no surprise that families all over Portugal love to celebrate the New Year in Funchal.
Madeirans love fireworks – the island even entered the Guinness book of World Records for staging the largest and most spectacular fireworks display in the world !
We have a great selection of hotels and quintas in Funchal, allowing you to completely immersing yourself in the party atmosphere as the week-long celebrations build up to midnight on the 31st. The entire island descends on the city for the big event – families and friends gather on every rooftop and balcony, and Funchal’s bay fills with cruise ships bringing travellers from around the world to enjoy the festivities. On the stroke of twelve, the cruise ships sound their sirens and every church bell rings out as the epic firework display begins.
It’s also quite nice staying outside of the city: to have a break from the festivities whilst still keeping the city a short drive away. A good option is the peaceful and relaxing Hotel Quinta da Serra; a beautiful rural hotel high in the hills of Jardim de Serra, renown for its Christmas and New Year Gala dinners which showcase the island’s best seasonal produce.
We’ve suggested spending the New Year in Funchal but it’s easy to extend your stay if you’d like to spend Christmas and New Year on the island – just fill in one of our Enquiry forms and we’ll give you a call to chat through the possibilities.
From £1300 per person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED: International flights from Gatwick (guide price). Accommodation in a twin/double en-suite room on a B&B basis, but including a New Year gala dinner and half-board on New Year's day, airport transfers and car hire.