Culture in Madeira: Where history meets the cutting-edge
The colourful history of Madeira has left the islands with a rich legacy of cultural attractions. Art lovers will find everything from the traditional (the Museum of Sacred Art hosts displays of important 15th- and 16th- Flemish artworks) to the cutting-edge (the striking modern architecture and contemporary exhibitions of the clifftop Casa das Mudas).
Ancient churches and palaces await exploration, and music-lovers are amply catered for with festivals showcasing genres as diverse as classical, jazz and electronica. There are vintage car rallies, cross-dressing carnivals, historical celebrations such as the Columbus Festival (which marks the explorers connections with Porto Santo) and high-tech firework displays (part of June’s Atlantic Festival) – truly something for all tastes and interests.
Planning a winter break? Find out more about Madeira’s festive celebrations here.
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