Popular Saints

The celebrations begin with Santo António (Saint Anthony), in the parish of the same name, where on the night of 12 June there is a traditional street parade with lots of colour, fun and excitement.

Between 23 and 25 June is the time when São João (Saint John) is celebrated. In Funchal, this time sees lively, typically Madeiran folk festivities in the streets of Figueira Preta, Travessa dos Reis and Largodo Carmo. In Porto Santo, the festivities in honour of this saint mark the start of the summer festivities on the island. These include numerous socio-cultural activities, a highlight of which is the traditional popular street parade on Saint John’s night.

At the end of the month, São Pedro (Saint Peter) is commemorated with great pomp and circumstance in the town of Ribeira Brava. The town is decorated with paper flowers and other characteristic embellishments and during the entire night visitors can watch several decorated boats which offer sailing trips in the waters near to Ribeira Brava.

Source: Madeira Tourism Board