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Festivity of Nossa Senhora do Monte

During summer Madeira is always in festivity as somewhere around the island there is always a parish celebrating its patron with a popular festivity known by arraial . A typical Madeira arraial is always full of color and music with streets decorated with plastic flowers on the top and stoles to sell wine, meat for the typical espetada, bolo do caco, sweets and candies.

One of the biggest arraiais in Madeira is the one on the eve of the 15th of August - the day of Nossa Senhora do Monte. As the name says, this popular and traditional festivity is held in Monte and every year it attracts thousands of people.

Despite all religious celebrations with processions and pilgrimages there is a whole environment of joyous feast on the surrounding roads of the church.

If you are thinking to visit Monte on Saturday evening enjoy the promotion on the cable car and do not worry about parking the car up there.

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