Imagine a world apart.
Madeira is not only an island but eight exceptional islands rich in discoveries and precious memories. Some are wild and uninhabited, others are lined with beautiful golden beaches, all of them offering an incredible wildlife and flora.
Discover, in the softness of a subtropical climate throughout the year, landscapes of unusual diversity in one of the finest destinations in Europe. Welcome to an unforgettable destination, welcome to Madeira!
Full of trees and flowers, where summers are mild, and winters are soft, Madeira is a sunny place full of history and beauty. About 600 miles South West of Lisbon, millions of years ago a volcano erupted and from there emerged an island. That was Henry the Navigator’s first discovery, and because of its large variety of trees, he named it “Madeira” (Wood).
Porto Santo Island
Where to stay? Madeira hotels
It is almost always sunny in Porto Santo and Funchal and the Southern coast of the island of Madeira. Humidity is much more common on the hills in the center of the island and on the North coast. As far as temperatures are concerned, the South is warmer but overall Madeira enjoys a mild temperature all year round with temperatures between 16 and 26 degrees.
So when to go? The vegetation is at its best in Spring and Summer but Autumn can be very mild. The winter climate although more humid remains mild and attracts many visitors during the Christmas holiday season for the famous festival of fireworks known as one of the largest in the world. In fact you will enjoy clement weather in the islands of Madeira at any time.
Getting there :
As you can imagine, you don't get to Madeira by train. Many travellers discover Madeira during a cruise; experiencing the wonder of early explorers who first landed on Madeira is amazing but you really need more than one day to do the islands justice. There is so much to discover and learn about the people, the climate, the geography and Madeira's history. We recommend travellers to fly to Madeira and plan to stay at least 5 to 7 days.
Book early to secure a budget ticket with TAP, our recommended operator. The Portuguese staff of this former national airline will give you a warm welcome as soon as you step into the plane.
Moving around Madeira :
Whether on foot, by rental car or taxi, by bike or any other means, there are many ways to discover Madeira.
Many travellers opt for the rental car, but do keep in mind that Madeira is very hilly with very winding roads; drive carefully and allow plenty of time to explore the island.
If you stay only on the south side of the island, you can do almost everything on foot, but a trip to Madeira would be incomplete without a visit to the forests of Madeira and the entire Northern part of the island. In short, either by boat (Santa Marina, Porto Santo Blue Lines) classic car (Forte S.Tiago), bus, rental car, on foot or by bike, there are a thousand possibilities to discover Madeira.
Madeira : tourist offices location
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