Its April, spring is in the air, and the island looks forward to some great regional and international events. The Sugarcane fair takes place on the 6th and 7th at the Canhas Farmers Market in Ponta do Sol. The festival, well renowned for its music and entertainment also has a hands-on approach, as on Saturday morning spectators can take part in the sugarcane harvest and coincides nicely with the Rum festival, that takes place later in the month.
Between the 8th and 14th, the Madeira Film Festival lays out the red carpet and sweeps into action at the Municipal Theatre Baltazar Dias and the Belmond Reid’s Hotel. The week consists of independent film premiers, talks and workshops.
On the 13th and 14th, the annual Lemon Festival takes place in Ilha, Santana. They will be celebrating all things lemon accompanied by some lively entertainment as well.
The Madeira 6ªF #Santa Volta à ilha em Bicicleta (Good Friday around the island by bike), will take place on the 19th. This 180km around the island route has been created to combine the Easter holidays with an open sporting event. Providing you have a mountain, road bike or E-bike you can take part and enjoy this scenic and exhilarating route. The Madeira Rum Festival held at Largo da Restauração, Funchal between the 25th and 28th is the perfect opportunity to discover Madeira’s new and diverse rums. On the 27th the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) has approximately 2,500 runners taking part in the four-race event. The 115 km Ultra is the ultimate challenge as runners’ race across Madeira’s central mountain range from Porto Moniz to Machico.