It is not secret that there is plenty to do in the picturesque land of Madeira but it turns out that sometimes there is even more than you can imagine! Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Festa da Flor, the Flower Festival. Exceptionally, but luckily for me, the Festival this year takes place in September so I got to experience it.
Every year, the Festival happens in May but due to the COVID pandemic, this year it had to be moved. The event aims to celebrate the amazing subtropical climate of Madeira and the flowers that thrive in such weather conditions. Unfortunately, due to the situation with coronavirus, the format of the Festival had to be slightly adjusted to the new reality. Instead of crowdy parades and whole month celebrations, the organisers decided for a more socially distanced activities. The Festival takes place only on the weekend and concerts, as well as the majority of events, are ticketed to make sure that necessary precautions are met. I didn’t get a chance to see concerts but it still didn’t stop from having a lot of fun! You can just stroll around the city and admire the decorations installed in the streets of Funchal.
I was starstruck walking on the streets and around every corner seeing more girls and women dressed up in traditional ball-gown-like dresses which were carefully crafted especially for this occasion. The costumes have so many flowery details that it was extremely difficult to stop staring at them! I was even more surprised when I found out that each year, you have a new dress – I am curious about how your wardrobe looks after a couple of years of taking part in Festa da Flor!
Now, I will equip you with some cool fun facts about flowers and wildlife in Madeira:
- Madeira has many endemic plants meaning that you cannot find them anywhere else in the world
- Thanks to the mountains and natural diversity, Madeira has six different microclimates
- Pro-tip: If it rains in the place where you are, high chances are that the sun is shining on the other side of the mountain so go to the opposite of the island to avoid the clouds! Always follow the sun, that is the island life 🙂
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Solidarity Corps
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