Madeira, a stunning island chain off the coast of Portugal, is truly a hidden gem with dramatic Mediterranean landscapes, delectable seafood, bucket list-worthy hiking and canyoning trails, and award-winning Madeira wine.
One of the destination’s most anticipated yearly events is none other than New Year’s Eve. Each December, the islands come alive in preparation for one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world with a spectacular 360° firework show that can be observed across the capital city of Funchal. Homes, restaurants and hotels are spread across the city’s towering mountains that surround the port and downtown area, essentially acting as an amphitheater for the majestic display. Views of the fireworks can be seen from all around, with a huge variety of celebrations that last through the night occurring at local bars, rooftop lounges, restaurants, yachts, cruise ships and more.