Festa do Senhor – Caniço
Today (Sunday) sees the culmination of the festival commemorating Santíssimo Sacramento in Caniço, with a solemn mass being celebrated in honour of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a procession through the main streets of the town over a carpet of natural flowers prepared by parishioners.
The parish has quite a good website, Freguesia do Caniço, and Facebook page, featuring among other interesting items, Pico da Atalaia – clearly recognisable to regular users of the Via Rapida. The island’s volcanic heritage is clearly evident here, with the volcanic cone half destroyed by sea erosion, and the surviving “plug” giving a distinctive appearance. Apparently well worth the short walk to the top.
On July 31 Madeira welcomes the first sailors from the “Race Transquadra”, which leaves the city of Saint Nazaire in France today
This transatlantic race, “with the participation of numerous sailboats from different backgrounds”, is expected to bring about 500 people to the region, including sailors and their friends and family members. The race started in Barcelona on the 23rd of July.
Machico Food Festival Week
The 29th edition of this very popular event starts shortly (actually ten days). Good excuse to visit what is one of the more traditional towns on the island. This gourmet event “aims to promote traditional cuisine and contribute to the socio-economic and cultural development of the Autonomous Region of Madeira and, in particular, the municipality of Machico”.