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.
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.