Madeira February Events

February may be the shortest month of the year but is packed with special events!

Happy Valentine’s Day 14th February
Madeira Island is a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day. Instead of chocolates and Roses this year again, do something wild and different, let that special someone know how much they are loved, surprise you’re loved one to a memorable romantic week in Madeira Island and enjoy wonderful scenery, romantic sunsets and a taste of the Madeira Wine. Take advantage of some of the best hotels and coach tours all around the Island.

Festa dos Compadres – Santana
Festa dos Compadres marks the opening of the Madeiran carnival, a tradition dating back more than 50 years, taking place in Santana. An event well known for its originality, fun gigantic figurines, which are paraded around the town by the enthusiastic local people, together with music, dancing and revelry. The festival consists basically of a fun public judgment demonstration of the Compadres and the Comadres, accused of many infidelities and other sins, ending up being burnt publicly in a grand ritual and effusive occasion, which cheer up hundreds of visitors. There will be a variety of gastronomic Regional specialties and lots of entertainment.

Madeira Carnival Festivities – 23rd February to 6th March (Main Parade 26th February and Fun Parade 1st March) 2022
Madeira’s spectacular Carnival Celebration is fast approaching at full steam.
One of the most exciting celebrations; it’s all about fun, beautiful people, floats, outlandish costumes and sound of pounding drums. This year’s theme is 'Zodiac signs', as tradition the Carnival main parade begins Saturday, Funchal main streets fill with joy and colour, where thousands of participants all dressed in beautiful costumes dance to the sounds of the samba bands. On Tuesday enjoy the funniest parade ‘o Trapalhão’ filled with laughter, imaginative and humorous costume ideas and is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Dare to be different take part on the parade. We recommend arriving early for the best available seating.

II Festival of Wine, Embroidery & Handicrafts in Madeira (Biennial (date to be confirmed)
The Madeira Wine Institute is proud to host the II Festival of Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicrafts. This festival features events for all ages including live entertainment, Madeira wine auctions, wine tasting, Madeira wine and chocolate, craft workshops (including embroidery, tapestry and ceramic tile painting), children’s workshops and an exhibition of delicate Madeiran embroidery. Visit the Madeira Wine Institute, Rua 5 de Outubro, Funchal.

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