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Funchal's Famous Fireworks - see in the New Year in style

Posted by Luci Ackers on Dec 15, 2016
Funchal's Famous Fireworks - see in the New Year in style

One of the world's most incredible New Year's Eve firework displays takes place in Madeira's capital each year. The city of Funchal, on the south coast of the island, hosts a wonderful 10 minute display that never fails to leave spectators in awe.

Having previously earned itself a position amongst the Guinness World Records for the greatest firework display in the world, the Funchal fireworks display is so highly regarded that many people decide to return year after year for the experience. The island always makes a big deal out of New Year's and celebrations are apparent throughout the city. Streets are adorned with thousands of beautiful lights and even the roads leading into Funchal put on their best light shows.

Many boats and cruise ships line the shores around Funchal harbour to watch the event from the best possible vantage point. Bright colours illuminate the sky over the water and crowds gather from all over to watch as the vibrant displays flash and boom into the night. If you really want to make the evening a special occasion, why not hire a boat or take an excursion on a cruise ship and sit back with a glass of bubbly? It will certainly make for a memorable night.

For boat hire and excursions around the waters of Madeira you could try:

Well known to winter sun seekers, Madeira is an island full of surprises. Closer to Africa than it is Europe, it never gets truly cold and always has plenty to offer over the new year holidays, as well as throughout the rest of the year. Monuments, gardens and museums scatter the island, but it's no secret that Funchal is the place to be. It is well worth finding a spot in one of the many restaurants looking out over the water.


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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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