New Years Eve in Madeira

New Year in madeiraWe jetted off at 9am on the 30th of December and on arrival went straight to the apartment where we stayed in Machico. Oh my, was it beautiful: spacious, clean and with an amazing wraparound balcony perfect for catching some sun. The photos on the website did not do it justice – just look at the gorgeous view at sunrise.

After a quick visit to my grandparents and some dinner, we all had a super early night so we were prepared for New Years Eve! The next morning, I had my breath completely taken away by the incredible sunrise over the bay. We grabbed a quick breakfast of freshly baked bread rolls in the bakery underneath the apartment before heading to the port in Funchal to pick up my grandma and her sister. When they heard we were going away for New Year, they booked a cruise which would take them to Madeira for two days! We drove around various parts of the island, including a pit stop at my grandparents and the beautiful town of Canical. Now the roads in Madeira are not my favourites – think winding roads along clifftops with barely-there safety barriers if you’re lucky – but it was worth it to see this peaceful place.


After a long lazy lunch by the sea, we returned to walk along the pier in Funchal as they boarded their ship for dinner and to watch the fireworks from sea. With hours remaining, we walked through the streets and felt quite festive as Christmas was still in full swing until January 6th. We watched a display of traditional dancers (and a drunk man on the sidelines joining in with every step), took a sneaky trip to H&M and sat down for a milkshake when our legs grew tired.

funchal christmas lights
funchal chrismas lights
madeira nativity scene

Madeira do nativity scenes based on the island: this one featured traditional dancers and oddly, a pig being hung and slaughtered. Festive, yes?
We met up with some family friends for dinner on the seafront which meant we were already in prime position for the fireworks. With massive portions of espetada to share (steak on a skewer) and a delicious chocolate mousse to finish, it was time to ring in the New Year.

funchal fireworks new years eve
funchal fireworks new years eve
funchal fireworks new years eveWant to find out how I spent the first few days of 2014? Check out the next post..

Laura x

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    January 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Ohh thank you for sharing such lovely photographs! I'm so pleased you had a nice time <3

    Jennie xo |

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    Sophie Hawker
    January 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    What a beautiful place! Sounds like you had a lovely time 🙂


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    Bhavi Patel My Lush Box
    January 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    amazing photography! sounds awesome!



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    January 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    What gorgeous photographs, you are not helping my longing to travel! 🙂

    Danniella x |

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    January 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Lovely photographs, looks like an amazing place to spend the New Year!

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    January 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Wowee, looks like you had an AMAZING time…super jealous, while I was stuck here in the cold 😛

    Hannah's Haven

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    January 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Oh this just looks incredible. What a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year. I've only ever had one New Year's abroad and it was one of the best ever!
    Bella xx

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    Loretta Colees
    January 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    That looks like such a beautiful island! Glad you had a good start to 2014!

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    January 9, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    this looks absolutely incredible! i'm very jealous, much nicer weather than here too! x

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