With summer drawing to a close, October starts our season of mellow fruitfulness with the Nature Festival taking place from the 1st until the 6th. The festival aims to promote the islands rich natural heritage and encourage people to get out and explore Madeira. The island will be challenging trail runners over the weekend of the 5th and 6th as ULTRA MADEIRA has competitors racing across the island from Ponta do Pargo to Machico. On the 8th and 9th, the town of Machico will hold its annual Senhor dos Milagres Festival to celebrate the return of the statue of the Lord of Miracles after it was presumed lost in the enormous mudslide of 9th October 1803. The Madeira Organ Festival takes place from the 18th to the 27th with both national and internationally renowned Master Organists performing in twelve concerts in churches located throughout the island and Porto Santo.
From the 18th to the 20th, the Madeira Surfski Lifesaving event will take place in various locations around the island, as competitors’ row for victory over a set number of staged competitions. Madeira is holding the European Triathlon Cup and Paratriathlon World Cup on the 19th and 20th, attracting some 300 athletes from around the world. The Funchal Eco-Trail of the 26th has runners racing it out over three courses – 80km, 40km and 18 km covering both urban and natural terrains. The month rounds off with Halloween on the 31st, where many of Madeira’s night clubs and bars will be celebrating All Hallows Eve.