Join the 2023 Colombo Festival for an Unforgettable Cultural Experience

Colombo Festival is an annual celebration that takes place on Porto Santo Island, in the Madeira Archipelago, and aims to honour Christopher Columbus, the famous navigator who lived on the island for a period of his life.

Porto Santo Island

Porto Santo is a small island located in the Madeira Archipelago, off the northwest coast of Africa. It was the first island discovered by the Portuguese and has become a popular tourist destination. Many people choose to visit for a day or stay longer to fully experience its charms.

There are several places of interest in Porto Santo that visitors can explore, including the Columbus House-Museum, the Quinta da Palmeira, the main church, the botanical garden and small zoo, the Portela and Pico das Flores viewpoints, Calheta, Fonte da Areia, and the Pico Ana Ferreira quarry. Many travellers also come to Porto Santo to play golf, as the island has a popular 18-hole course that attracts enthusiasts of the sport.

Overall, Porto Santo Island is a wonderful destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy some rest in a beautiful and peaceful setting.

Colombo Festival – From September 21st to 24th.

Colombo Festival

Photo by VisitMadeira

The Festival includes activities such as recreating a 16th-century market to mark Columbus’s arrival on the island, dramatizations, performances, acrobatics and juggling in the streets of the city, a craft market, themed exhibitions, street parades, circus arts, theatre, music, and 16th-century dances.

During the Colombo Festival, participants have the opportunity to learn more about the period when Columbus lived on Porto Santo Island and his experiences and the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries. In addition, the event creates a unique and magical atmosphere, mixing the clothes of the time with those of the visitors and ensuring constant animation among the various characteristic figures of the time.

The Colombo Festival is, without a doubt, an unforgettable experience for all participants.

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