The annual flower festival on the island of Madeira is a perfect festival to represent the natural beauty of Madeira island. It is here in which the Portuguese call the land of eternal spring. The island is known for its unique gardens and exotic flowers, where anything and everything grows in these fertile soils. This is a colourful, fun festival that takes place each spring, in late April early May. This is when the flowers are in their full glory and everything looks and smells like you are in a floating paradise. This has been one of the islands most celebrated events taking place every year since 1954. This is a festival that the whole city takes part in, with many local shops and restaurants decorating their windows and entrances with the local flowers. Here you can see hundreds of costumes, where all the towns and villages take part in making this a royal welcome to the Spring season. It is great to see the wide variety of costumes with each group performing their own dance related to their theme. The colours and smells are remarkable with every colour under the rainbow being present in both the flowers and costumes. The highlight of the festival is the large parade that takes place where all the locals grace the streets with their elaborately decorated costumes. This is a really fun time as the local music is playing with dancers gliding up and down the city streets. The festival is full of delicious local treats that are available throughout the festival and is a wonderful occasion to try some of the local cuisine. The capital city of Funchal has always been known as a floating garden in the Atlantic, and now with this festival which incorporates all the magic of this unique island is making it another reason why you must visit this paradise in the Atlantic. The festival is filled with activities for family’s and couples alike and is a great place to spend your holidays on one of the world’s most beautiful islands. There are many hotel options in Funchal for couples or families, however this can be a time of high occupancy on the island so it is good to book in advance or look into private rentals. The island offers some great rentals on the best spots on the island offering them for vacation rentals. The island is very accessible with many affordable options to get to and from the event if you don’t have a car. Many of the streets are closed for the parade and are covered in flowers so parking close by is not a opition for this event. This will definitely be a festival that you will never forget with the magic of Madeira being unforgetable. The crystal blue ocean waters, hundreds of plants and flowers and happy locals eager to show you all of mother natures glory is only a few of the many reasons why this is a must visit destination on your next holiday. A favorite amongst fleeing European nobles due to its remote location and amazing climate, the cities gardens are filled with flowers and trees both endemic and native to the island and is a gardeners dream to explore. The elaborate gardens have mostly been made open to the public free of charge however there are some botanical gardens that charge a minimal fee to explore their vast garden, Make sure to take advantage of the season and explore the rare fauna that makes this one of the most popular island destinations in Europe for over a century.