Explore the magic of Madeira at the Caravela Portuguese Festival

Be among the first to celebrate the rich culture of the Portuguese at the first ever Caravela Portuguese Festival.

An event like no other, festival goers can look forward to three whole days of uniquely Portuguese fun, from delicious Portuguese cuisine to traditional folklore dancing, there’s something for the whole family!

To top it all off, headline acts include SA’s top DJs such as Paul Almeida, Sasha Martinengo, Vin Deysel and Mark Pilgrim, live music from The Parlotones, Prime Circle, Locnville, Jose Malhoa, Majozi and traditional Portuguese dancing from Poveiros, Casa da Madeira and Luso Madeirens.

Here are 4 things you probably didn’t know about the island of Madeira:

1. A popular tourist destination

The beautiful island of Madeira in Portugal is a year-round resort with approximately 1 million tourists arriving every year. Many people don’t know this - for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, Madeira was elected the "World's Leading Island Destination" by the World Travel Awards

2. Madeira Island’s Casino

Madeira Island’s Casino in Pestana Casino Park was designed by the world famous Brazilian architect, Óscar Niemeyer who died at the age of 104 in 2012.

3. Spectacular mountain views

Madeira is home to one of the world’s most spectacular views - Pico do Arieiro. It is estimated at 1818 meters, making it the third highest peak on the island. Tourists can reach it by a three-hour hike up the mountain, taking the tourist bus or travelling by car. Once there, visitors are able to look down from above the clouds before enjoying drinks at the mountain top restaurant!

4. Fireworks World Record

The island has the world’s largest fireworks display - officially recognised by Guinness World Records back in 2006.

Now that you’ve added Portugal to your bucket list, it’s time to explore the rich history of its people. So, if you’re looking for a family-friendly weekend of diversity, make sure you get your tickets to attend the Caravela Portuguese Festival at Montecasino in Fourways from 30 June - 2 July 2017.

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