Nov. 14, 2006 – Lisbon, 14 November 2006 – France welcomes the New Year at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in Australia the chosen location is the Opera Palace in Sidney, in the UK, the city listens to Big Ben and the USA gathers thousands of people from all over the world at Times Square. Madeira, however, offers an unlike no other fire work spectacle that light up the city of Funchal during the night.
Funchal’s location along the coast line makes a natural amphitheatre for over 200,000 colored light bulbs that are strung around the city in the run-up to Christmas, and the ocean becomes a stage worldwide known for the firework show. The whole city lights up to welcome the New Year.
About New Year’s Eve in Madeira
If there’s a place to come and celebrate life, then that place is Madeira. As each year draws to a close, the end is commemorated of yet another cycle of 365 days that have been lived as intensely as our memory allows us to recall.
The Christian traditions of Christmas time combine with the displays of rejoicing at the arrival of the New Year, in a rich and extensive program of cultural, ethnographic and artistic events that continue throughout the month of December and carry on till Twelfth Night.
The specific conditions of Funchal’s naturally-formed amphitheatre transform it into a giant crib lit by the thousands of lights placed up and down the city’s main avenues, resulting in a most extraordinary scenario.
Fall in temptation by the wares in the shops of Funchal and give yourself up to the frenzied activity of shopping. Here you can buy anything from the latest international brands to the most diverse handicraft articles. Funchal is like a giant outdoor shopping centre.
An island in festival, both at the hotels and in the restaurants, bars and streets, where in order to mark the transition to the New Year, the skies of Funchal are lit up with a gigantic firework display that lasts for a good ten minutes.
This is undoubtedly the dawning of a whole new life!
In ITP – Visit Portugal official website
Madeira is a refined and sophisticated holiday destination, set in a spectacular landscape with a wonderful climate.
The top-quality hotels and excellent service mean that everybody feels comfortable and welcome. You’re sure to be tempted by the massages and modern therapies on offer. Why not treat yourself to a dip in one of Madeira’s spas?
Madeira is a tropical island. The Laurisilva Forest, in the Madeira Natural Park, is the largest evergreen forest in the world – a fact that has earned it classification as a world heritage site.
Elsewhere the exotic flowers and fruits compete with one another in their variety and color. And then there’s the sea, always blue and visible from wherever you are.
About the Hotels
ARTEH – Hotels and Resorts suggesting the very best hotels to offer unique conditions for who spends New Year’s in Madeira.
Quinta da Bela Vista
In the midst of nature discover a tradition of excellent hospitality.
Quinta da Casa Branca
Open the windows of your bedroom and get lost in the surrounding gardens.
Choupana Hills Resort & Spa
While relaxing in your Jacuzzi, breathe in the pureness of the air from the mountain top.
Estalagem da Ponta do Sol
Float in a pool over the sea and loose yourself to the breathtaking view.
Stretch yourself under the sun on the terrace overlooking the bay, while you remember thrills of the Monte ride.
For further information on ARTEH® – Hotels and Resorts please visit ARTEH®.
About ARTEH® – Hotels and Resorts
Best Independent Hotel Chain – Publituris Awards 2004 and 2005
ARTEH® – Hotels and Resorts is a soft brand independent Hotel Chain with a Luxury Collection of Charming & Exclusive Boutique Hotels and Resorts, with Golf and Spa.
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