The Madeira Flower Festival 2023 (Festa da Flor) is an annual flower festival held in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. It is held in May each year and celebrates the beauty of Madeira’s flowers. During the festival there are parades, performances, and events that celebrate the islands’ flowers and their importance to the local culture and economy.
The event includes parades of floats decorated with flowers, a carnival, fireworks displays, and a competition for the best decorated float. The festival culminates with a grand procession of floats around Funchal, the capital of Madeira.
The event is also a great opportunity for visitors to explore the island’s unique floral attractions, such as the Laurissilva and the Monte Palace Gardens.
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With the arrival of spring, the city of Funchal turns into a inebriating floral stage filled with enchantment.
The magic of this event starts on Saturday morning, with the Children’s Parade, on which, hundreds of children dressed for the occasion dishallow to the Municipio Square where, a beautiful flower mural is built, symbolically named “the Wall of Hope” (Muro da Esperança).
On Sunday afternoon, the streets of downtown Funchal will be filled with music, colour and soft aromas, through the sumptuous parade comprised by several floats, which harmoniously combine numerous flower species with blooming decorations full of creativity.
Alongside these events takes place a set of ludic and recreational activities filled with charm and symbolism, such as, the construction of delicate floral carpets of unrivalled beauty along the main streets of Funchal, as well as musical concerts, folklore performances from Regional groups, shop window ornamentation and the Flower Exhibition in the Largo da Restauração.
Flower festival Events 2023
27 Apr – 21 May, 2023
- Entertainment in downtown Funchal 27th April to 21st May
- Palheiro Gardens Golf Classic 28th and 29th April
- Wall of Hope Ceremony 29th April
- Great Allegoric Flower Parade 30th April
- Wall of Solidarity Ceremony 5 th May
- Performances by “Flower groups” 6 th , 13th and 14th May
- Madeira Flower Classic Auto Parade 7 th May
- Flower Concerts 11th to 14th May
- Madeira Flower Collection (Fashion show) 13th and 14th May
- Flower Installations 18th to 21st May
- Madeira Classic Car Revival 20th and 21st May
Performances by the Flower Groups
The groups participating in the Flower Festival Parade will perform at the Heliport, showcasing their costumes and choreography. Spread over 3 days of 2 weekends, the performances celebrate flowers, beauty and joy in a festive atmosphere. Tickets for these shows are free and will be available at the Tourist Office, located on Avenida Arriaga, and limited to the capacity of the venue.
Date: 06/05/2023 – 14/05/2023
Madeira Flower Classic Auto Parade
Itinerary: Starts at Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro, Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses (north lane) until Praça da Autonomia do Mar, Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses (south lane), Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro, Rotunda Harvey Foster (roundabout). Display in Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro, until 18h30.
Date: 07/05/2023 – 16:30
Four musical concerts will take place in emblematic places of Madeira Island, with the purpose of decentralizing the festivities and reinforcing the entertainment offer, as part of the Flower Festival 2023 programme.
The diversity of Madeiran flora has greatly contributed to the establishment of these artistic manifestations, which combine the beauty of flowers with the characteristic elements of Madeiran tradition and culture. The floral sculptures are a great contribution to the magnificence of the city’s decorations, whose careful construction is shared and admired by our visitors.
Date: 18/05/2023 – 21/05/2023
he onion festival is one of the most emblematic festivities of Caniço, whose main attraction is the onion parade, involving several decorated floats and an auction, an event that takes place from 19 to 21 May.
Date: 19/05/2023 – 21/05/2023 (10:00)
Locality: Santa Cruz
Programme Madeira Flower Festival 2023
Due to its location Madeira has been an important port of call on the sea routes between Europe and Africa and the Americas, and continues to be one of the busiest ports of call in Europe.
Flower species native to many different parts of the world bloom in Madeira since the island has a unique climate in which species from both tropical and cool regions flourish.
The Flower Festival is held in honour of spring and is a celebration of metamorphosis and rebirth, fertility and the abundant flowers that brighten the island with colour and make the air heavy with their intoxicating scent, adding to the attraction and fame of this overseas tourist destination.
Once again this year Funchal will be garlanding itself in blooms to pay tribute to the flower in one of Madeira’s biggest festivals. In this homage to spring, which this year will be held in May, appropriately called the month of flowers, Madeira Tourism, the organiser of the Flower Festival 2023, aims to delight tourists and residents by giving the event a genuinely innovative twist and spreading the celebrations over a longer period.
The famous floral carpets will be created along the central promenade of Avenida Arriaga. In the north garden of the Palácio de São Lourenço visitors will be able to admire a floral sculpture of the Madeiran endemic species, Laurissilva.
The traditional flower exhibition will take place in Praça da Restauração, followed by the usual Flower Market, enveloping the city centre in a unique ambience of Nature’s fragrances, accompanied by various events which will culminate in the construction of the Wall of Hope by the children of Madeira and the grand flower festival parade.
So come on, take advantage of the mild climate and discover all the world’s flowers in this world of flowers.
Wall of Hope
This event, which has taken place for over three decades, combines childhood innocence and the delicacy of flowers in a ceremony calling for peace in the world. On Saturday morning, over a thousand children, each bearing a flower, parade from Avenida Arriaga to Praça do Município to place a flower in a wall charged with symbolism, the “Wall of Hope”.
The ceremony takes place this year on May 03rd and ends as usual with the release of doves and a children’s show.
Flowers Market, Exhibition and Carpets
The Flower Market, initiative included in the event since 2007, turned out to be an excellent asset. In addition to raising awareness to the countless existing ornamental and floral species, this market also allows for locals and visitors the acquisition of the displayed plants, in a picturesque setting where traditional saleswomen, known as the “florists of Madeira”, present themselves dressed up with regional costumes.
This floral show is held in the very center of Funchal, more exactly at Largo da Restauração, located at the back of iconic Palace of São Lourenço, as an extension of the exhibit held at the former Funchal’s Ateneu Comercial, dating back dating back to early fifties of 20th century, continuously allows to enjoy the finest flower specimens examples of all kinds of flowers, cultivated all around the island and grown with much care and devotion by its farmers.
The flowers exhibited in the parade are judged under various categories and the best are awarded prizes by a panel of experts.
Flower Carpets and Decorations
The abundance of local flora has greatly contributed to the establishing of this art form. This traditional creation of flower carpets thrives a little bit throughout the island and had its origins in the celebration of religious holidays. Due to its undeniable beauty and detail, for some years until this day, the flower carpets began to be reproduced on the streets for the Flower Festival festivities, establishing alongside the floral sculptures, a major contribution to the magnificence of the city’s adornments.
The Flower Festival Parade 2023, which has been held since 1979, is one of the most striking and eagerly anticipated events of the entire Festival by tourists and residents alike.
This event is famous for the splendour and elegance of the floats and costumes of the hundreds of participants, mostly children, copiously adorned with numerous, varied, magnificent flower species, that parade along a planned route to the sound of festive music accompanied by sometimes simple, sometimes elaborate choreographed routines.
The Flower Festival this year has as its theme: “Madeira – the route of flowers”. The Parade, made up of various groups totalling some 1200 participants, following a route from Avenida Sá Carneiro to Praça da Autonomia.
Due to its location Madeira has been an important port of call on the sea routes between Europe and Africa and the Americas, and continues to be one of the busiest ports of call in Europe. Flower species native to many different parts of the world bloom in Madeira since the island has a unique climate in which species from both tropical and cool regions flourish.
Flower Festival Pictures
The Madeira Flower Festival is a vibrant and colorful celebration held annually in Funchal, Madeira. If you’re planning to attend the festival and looking for hotels in Funchal, here are some options to consider:
- Belmond Reid’s Palace: This luxurious 5-star hotel is located on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It offers elegant rooms, exquisite dining options, a spa, and beautifully landscaped gardens.
- The Vine Hotel: Situated in the heart of Funchal, The Vine Hotel is a modern and stylish 5-star hotel. It features contemporary design, comfortable rooms, a rooftop infinity pool, and a rooftop bar with panoramic views.
- Quinta Jardins do Lago: This charming boutique hotel is set within a historic botanical garden. It offers elegant rooms, a heated outdoor pool, a spa, and tranquil garden surroundings.
- Quinta da Bela Vista: Nestled in lush gardens, this charming 5-star hotel combines traditional Madeiran architecture with modern amenities. It offers comfortable rooms, a heated outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a tennis court.
- Hotel Quinta do Monte: Located in a peaceful hillside setting, this hotel offers comfortable rooms, a heated outdoor pool, a spa, and beautiful views over Funchal. It is surrounded by gardens and close to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden.
- Hotel Porto Santa Maria: This 4-star hotel is ideally situated near the Funchal city center and the marina. It offers comfortable rooms, an outdoor pool.
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What is the Madeira Flower Festival?
The Madeira Flower Festival is an annual event held in Funchal, Madeira, celebrating the island's vibrant flora. It features flower displays, parades, concerts, and cultural events.
When is the Madeira Flower Festival held?
The Madeira Flower Festival usually takes place in late April or early May. The exact dates may vary each year, so it's recommended to check the official schedule.
What can I expect at the Madeira Flower Festival?
Visitors can expect to see stunning flower carpets, intricate floral displays, colorful parades, live music performances, and traditional dances throughout the festival.
How can I participate in the Flower Parade?
If you wish to participate in the Flower Parade, you can register in advance through the official festival website. Participants usually dress in floral costumes and carry flowers along the parade route.
Are there any specific events for children at the Flower Festival?
Yes, the Flower Festival often includes activities and workshops for children, such as flower arranging, face painting, and interactive games.
Can I buy flowers and plants at the festival?
Yes, there are usually flower markets and stalls at the festival where you can purchase a variety of flowers, plants, and gardening accessories.
How do I get to the Madeira Flower Festival?
You can fly to Madeira's international airport and then take local transportation to Funchal, where the festival is held. Many hotels also offer shuttle services to the festival events.
Are there any admission fees for the festival events?
Some events at the Madeira Flower Festival are free to attend, while others may require a small admission fee. It's recommended to check the official website for event details and ticket information.
Is the Madeira Flower Festival suitable for families?
Yes, the Flower Festival is family-friendly and offers a range of activities that both adults and children can enjoy together.
What are the highlights of the Flower Festival?
The main highlights include the Flower Parade, the Children's Parade, the Wall of Hope, and the breathtaking floral decorations that adorn the streets and public spaces of Funchal.