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Weather and climate

Temperature: Expect summer highs of 30°C

Best time to visit Madeira: Between May and September, when the climate is warm and sunny, but not too hot, with little rainfall.
Madeira weather is lovely and mild during the summer. The Gulf Stream means ensures the island stays warm all year long. The average temperature is 17°C even during winter. You’ll want to bring a brolly, though, as Madeira’s sub-tropical climate means that rain is likely at this time of year.

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Madeira is best for...

Adventurers: Trek or cycle through Madeira’s stunning landscape, which is one of the finest anywhere in Europe. Discover towering cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, and a dramatic coastline.

Culture lovers: Experience local food and wine; listen to a soulful fado singer; and watch folk dancers in traditional dress.

Beach lovers: Explore golden sandy shoes and soak up the sun on Porto Santo Island; Madeira’s little sister lives 50km offshore.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Madeira is Portuguese.

Currency: The currency used in Madeira is the Euro (€).

Local time: Madeira is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Madeira Airport. The transfer time to Funchal is about 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Madeira is 4 hours.

Tourist information: Find more tourist information at www.visitmadeira.pt before your Madeira holidays.

Visa / health: Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal ahead of your holidays to Madeira for visa and health recommendations and advice.

Holiday destinations related to Madeira:

  • Funchal
  • Getting around

    By taxi: They’re easy to find in resorts like Funchal, and it’s a convenient way to get from the airport. Look out for the yellow cabs with blue stripes on the side.

    By bus: An affordable and reliable way to travel around the island. Lots of buses run between the main resorts all year round.

    By hire car: Want to travel at your own pace? Or head off the beaten track? Hiring a car is the best way to make the most of holidays in Madeira.

    Events

    Wine Rally: It’s the biggest event in the region, and takes place every August. Look up the race course beforehand so you know the best place to watch the action.

    Nature Festival: This week-long event is an excuse to enjoy the natural landscape and join in with outdoor pursuits.  Family-friendly adventures including bird watching, kayaking and horseback riding.

    Atlantic Festival: A cultural highlight of the year, it takes place across the island throughout June to make the beginning of summer. Expect music, fireworks, and street performers galore.

    Wine Festival: For a real taste of Madeiran culture, head for this local fiesta. It’s held at the end of August every year to celebrate the harvest and the island’s wine-making tradition.