After the firework fantasia of June, July shows no sign of slowing down as the islanders celebrate Madeira’s autonomy from the mainland or ‘Madeira Day’ on the 1st. On the 4th the island plays host to the ‘Big Game Fishing Championship’ where sport fishermen from all over the world attempt to catch a record-breaking Blue Marlin in one of the best game fishing regions in the world. The 35th Regional Folklore 24-hour dancing festival kicks up its heels on the 6th and 7th in Santana. This festival brings both national and regional folklore groups together as they dance a 24 hourathon much to the excitement of the crowds. It’s an athletic two days as the European Cup of Combined Events takes place at the Madeira Sports Centre in Ribeira Brava over the same weekend 6th and 7th. Bringing on the heat, we have the Funchal Jazz Festival from the 11th to the 13th at the Santa Catarina Park, Funchal. This big-name event attracts Jazz artists from all over the world, and if Jazz is your thing, you will not want to miss this much-anticipated event. Those interested in Madeira’s farming culture will not want to miss the Santa Agricultural Fair in Santa, Porto Moniz from the 12th to 14th. Dating back to 1955 the fair details Madeira’s agricultural history while providing a typical friendly festival experience. A must see if you would like to do something different. On the 14th Funchal will be hosting the 16th Regatta of Madeiran Traditional Canoes. These fishing vessels sail along a 2.5km course from Funchal Harbour to Barreirinha in the Old Town.
The annual Limpet Festival held at Paul do Mar from the 18th to 21st will whet any appetite as this favourite little shellfish is the star attraction of this popular local event. Santa Catarina Park (see Live Webcam) provides the perfect setting for the VII annual NOS Summer Opening Festival, held from the 19th to the 21st of July. This outdoor urban music event attracts Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk and Reggae performers from all over the world. Need a little bit of energy to keep up with the music, then the Regional Banana Fair held in Madalena do Mar may be the ticket. The event takes place from the 19th to the 21st and celebrates all things banana, proving the longevity and versatility of this fruit. The Classic Car Rally ‘Volta à Madeira’ provides the glitz and glamour from the 19th to the 21st as the island’s classic car (pre-1980) enthusiasts take to the roads in all their splendour. While the VIII Regatta of Traditional Canoes of Madalena do Mar takes place on the 21st providing a glimpse of Madeiran sea history and a chance to soak up some warm sea air. On the 21st Porto da Cruz also plays host to its annual ‘Porto da Cruz Trail Natura’ trail running competition comprising of a 50km, 25km and an 11km fun race, attracting regional and national competitors. It’s gastronomy week from the 19th to the 26th in Santana where the air will be alive with the smell of some of Madeira’s most excellent dishes accompanied by both regional and national musicians.
Porto Moniz is a must for water lovers during the 22nd to the 28th as the municipality celebrates one of its most exciting water sports events of the year – Sea Week. The week includes sea races, competitions, sea games, boat rides all accompanied by a very festive atmosphere. The island changes gear as the 43rd annual Tour of Madeira by Bicycle Race has regional, national and international competitors battling it out on Madeira’s demanding winding roads from the 27th to the 29th. Finally, the month rounds off with more chances to sample the islands local cuisine at the weeklong Machico Gastronomic Fair. This symbolic event provides both entertainment and the opportunity to sample some of the island’s eastern dishes from the 26th to the 4th of August.