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Fireworks over Funchal

Fireworks over Funchal

Greet 2016 in style with a showstopping celebration in Madeira’s most spirited city.

New Year’s Eve is an enchanting time in Funchal. Throughout December, the streets of the island’s capital city come to life with displays of colourful decorations and cords of twinkling lights. On the final day of the year, locals head outside to mingle, laugh and celebrate as the clocks begin their countdown. Pop-up food and drink stands fuel the crowds while perfuming the air with irresistible aromas. The clocks strike midnight, and the charcoal skies over the Bay become a canvas for one of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular firework displays. Conversation is overtaken by gasps of wonder and amazement; moments like this are not to be missed.

A Celebrated Venue

Nowhere is the festive atmosphere more palpable than at Belmond Reid’s Palace. An iconic residence and the island’s premier paragon of luxury, the hotel is perfectly positioned beside the water’s edge to offer an unbeatable view of the colourful spectacle.

On New Year’s Eve, the hotel offers a full roster of events to ensure guests see out the year with a bang. There will be a choice of two lavish gala celebrations—one in the timelessly glamorous Dining Room, the other in the waterside setting of the William Restaurant—both featuring sophisticated six-course dinner menus and live music and entertainment. For a more intimate affair, head to Ristorante Villa Cipriani and sit down to a romantic, formal Italian feast while a violin duo sets the scene. Whichever you choose, you can indulge in the festive atmosphere and party into the early hours. The hotel will help keep your energy up, offering traditional ‘canja’ chicken soup and light bites in the Bar, Tea Lounge and Terrace.

“The festive season at Belmond Reid’s Palace is an unforgettable experience,” remarks General Manager Ciriaco Campus. “A joyful atmosphere accompanies all of our special celebrations, from the gourmet dinners and elegant dances to Funchal’s world-record winning fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Grown-ups and children alike will find magic in our hotel at this time of year.”

Indulge for Longer

At Belmond Reid’s Palace, the fun isn’t confined to a single night. Those seeking a longer stay will find events each day of the festive season. On the 29 and 30 December, our experts can help you discover the authentic spirit of the island with a variety of tours and activities. Explore Funchal’s old town in a classic Piaggio Ape Calessino, savour the ‘liquid gold’ of Madeiran wines with a tasting session in Salon 28, or explore the rugged volcanic countryside with a dramatic Jeep tour.

a traditional Madeirense house

The celebratory spirit continues into January. Start the year on a high note with a stunning champagne breakfast on 1 January, before heading to Funchal Theatre where timeless Strauss waltzes, polkas and marches are sure to delight. Then kick-start your resolutions the next day, where our experts will offer to lead you through aqua-gym sessions in the main pool.

Make this the year for something different, and sample one of Europe’s best reveillon celebrations. Our exclusive New Year Package, including round-trip airport transfers and delicious dining options, makes it almost impossible to say no.