One of the biggest parties of the year is this weekend in Sao Vicente. A lot of people have commented or sent me messages saying that the island has been very quiet the last month of so,, and I think its just a different kind of tourist visiting the island. Most hotels are pretty full, but this time of year many Madeirans return to the island, those of which are living in other countries abroad, and this is one of the reasons.
They flock back for all the festivals and parties, especially in August. Late July we had many big festivals, and August they just continue, The Monte Festival last week, now coming up we Have São Vicente and the following weekend after that is the big one in Ponta Delgada.
So although the island might seem empty in some places , it is really full, but just a different kind of visitor that wouldn’t go to the many tourist areas to eat or drink.