A full day discovering the towering cliffs, beautiful views and tumbling
waterfalls on the dramatic west coast.
Sample unlimited local food and wine. Enjoy a fado singer and watch
dancers in traditional dress.
Explore the golden sandy beach at Porto Santo.
Language:The language spoken in
Madeira is Portuguese.
Currency:The currency used in
Madeira is Euro (€).
Local time:Madeira has the same time
as GMT/UK time.
Fly to:The only airport on the
island is Madeira Airport (FNC), around 16km northeast of the city of Funchal.
Flight time from UK:3.5-4
Tourist Information:Further Madeira
tourist information can be foundhere.
Visa & Health:Before you travel, click herefor recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday
Temperature:Averaging in the
Best time to visit Madeira:Between
May and September when the climate is comfortably warm with little rainfall.
Madeira weather is pleasantly mild during the summer. Thanks to the Gulf
Stream, the weather in Madeira stays warm throughout the year, with an average temperature of
17 °C during the winter. Remember to bring a brolly though; Madeira’s sub-tropical climate
means that rain is likely.
By taxi:With a number of ranks
dotted around Funchal, taxis are an easy and convenient way of getting around the island.
They’re easy to identify too; look out for the yellow cabs with blue stripes down the
By bus: Madeira has reliable and
cheap buses that serve the whole island.
By hire car: If you fancy being
adventurous, hire a car and explore the mountainous terrain outside of the city.
Samba dancing:March is the month of
Madeira’s Carnival, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. Expect lots of samba dancing,
glittering costumes and a riotous party atmosphere!
Flower power:Taking place two weeks
after Easter, Madeira’s Flower Festival is one of the most popular annual events on the island.
See Funchal come alive with colour as floats decorated with beautiful blooms travel through the
For culture lovers:The Atlantic
Festival is a cultural celebration that takes place every June. Classical music concerts pop up
across Funchal with a spectacular fireworks display every week.
Natural and botanical beauty are the hallmarks of Madeira, but this
sun-drenched island also offers traditional villages, fresh seafood and stunning scenery. The
bustling capital, Funchal, is where you will find everything from cable car rides to boat trips
around the island. Madeira is affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’. Hike through
the lush, emerald green mountains at the heart of the island or sunbathe on the golden sands of
Porto Santo on your holiday to Madeira.
Madeira’s largest city, Funchal is located on the south coast of the
island. For a taste of Madeiran life, take a wander through its narrow streets. Sample
authentic Madeiran dishes like sopa de tomate e cebola, a tomato and onion soup topped with a
poached egg, in one of its many traditional restaurants. Quaint little art galleries, museums
and markets can be found throughout the city. Just 6km east from Funchal is the quiet seaside
village of Caniço de Baixo. An oasis of calm, the idyllic resort is perched upon a hill
overlooking the sea. Take a stroll along the cliffs and admire the panoramic views of the
Funchal’s cobbled streets boast restaurants, cafés, museums and the
glorious Sé Cathedral. Either wander through its tropical gardens or take a walk in the nearby
hills. A cable car rises from the Old Town to Monte village, offering unparalleled views. Most
hotels in Funchal are on the west side, close to the city’s attractions.
Life in tranquil Caniço de Baixo revolves around the main square and its
shops, restaurants and bars. Accessed by a steep winding road, this resort is good for walking
and the clear waters of the Garajau National Marine Park are ideal for scuba-diving. Book a
Caniço de Baixo hotel and check out the Manta Diving Centre.