Golfers enjoying a relaxing stay on the idyllic island of Madeira this summer can combine their holiday with a drink at the famous Madeira Wine Festival which runs from August 25th to September 11th.
Madeira Wine Festival, schedule
The annual event is one of the main tourist attractions of the island, allowing festival-goers to enjoy the ancient traditions of the island while tasting the best wines, music and entertainment that the Portuguese archipelago has to offer.
Exported for nearly six centuries, Madeira wine has received many awards thanks to its famous grape varieties, climate and volcanic soils of the region. And, after a day on the fairways of one of its three first-class 18-hole golf courses – Clube de Golfe Santo da Serra, Palheiro Golf and Porto Santo – what better way to celebrate your achievements than with a drink at the hand.
Madeira is an archipelago of islands of volcanic origin located in the Atlantic Ocean, 545 km north-west of the African coast, belonging to Portugal. The archipelago consists of two major islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, three uninhabited minor islands, known as the Desertas, and two other even smaller islands, also uninhabited, called the Wild Islands.
The largest island is Madeira, with an area of 741 km². The archipelago together with Cape Verde, the Azores and the Canaries form Macaronesia, but the Azores and Madeira are part of Portugal, the Canaries are part of Spain and Cape Verde, once Portuguese, is now an independent republic.
The capital of the Autonomous Region, Funchal, is located on the southern coast of the island of Madeira, at latitude 32 ° 37 '45 "north and longitude 16 ° 55' 20" west. The most important cities of the archipelago, besides Funchal, are Vila Baleira (in the island of Porto Santo), Machico, Câmara de Lobos, Santa Cruz (whose municipality includes Caniço) and Santana.
In the southern part the wood that covered most of the archipelago is preserved before the colonizers converted it into arable land. The geographical position of the archipelago, lapped by the Gulf Stream, and its mountainous structure allow a mild but humid climate, with average daily temperatures that, along the coasts, oscillate between + 16 / + 18 ° C in the December-February quarter.
and + 24 / + 25 ° C in the months between June and September. The island's climate allows the growth of tropical flowers and fruits, as well as vineyards from which the famous Madeira wine is obtained. UNESCO has included the Laurisilva woods in the northern region as a World Heritage Site.