|Christmas in Funchal, Madeira Islands by Turismo da Madeira|
The streets are filled with lights and the decoration changes over the weeks with stars, balls of different colours, Christmas trees, and other decorations and traditional nativity scenes. The fact that it gets dark earlier, as we are already in winter time, is a good reason to get to know a livelier city. And the historic centres are places of excellence to find the last trends in fashion and great ideas for Christmas presents.
Make the most of the promotions from airlines and hotel Christmas programmes which always have special offers during this season.
Unique Chistmas presents for all
We suggest Portuguese souvenirs which can be found in the usual shopping areas: quality clothing, shoe brands that can be found around the world, bags and accessories made of cork (the latest trend) or articles made from pure wool from the centre of Portugal, in sackcloth. And you can of course choose the small Christmas markets, fairs and sales where you can always find a unique gift for everybody.
Portuguese cuisine also has products of excellence which are a great source of inspiration for Christmas presents: wines, olive oils, preserves (traditional industries that currently have gourmet specialties), sweets, jam or dried fruit. And during this season, traditional sweets are a temptation! You must try the Bolo-rei (King's Cake), "sonhos" (traditional deep fried sweet soft pastry normally eaten at Christmas), "rabanadas" (type of French toast) and "filhós" (traditional deep fried sweet pastry sprinkled with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon).
While shopping, roast chestnut venders on the streets are always a good excuse to take a break and try this seasonal delicacy.
And why not give a trip for the New Year in Portugal?
The Christmas season is also favourable for musical programmes and a lot of entertainment in the historic centres. Have a look at the list of events in visitportugal.com, which will be updated with the most recent events and suggestions for your next visit to Lisbon or Porto.
Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!
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