The paradise Island of Madeira is the main island of a group of islands lying 310 miles from the African coast and 620 miles from the European continent. The archipelago, discovered by the Portuguese in 1418, is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas.
The islands are hilly and of volcanic origin and the coast of Madeira is steep and rocky with deep eroded lava gorges running down to the sea. Porto Santo is an island of unique beauty and quite different from Madeira. It is located 40 km north-east of Madeira and its 9 km of coastline is covered in fine golden sand leading to a clear and deep blue sea. Traditional Portuguese culture and the overwhelming beauty of these natural resources make Madeira an ideal holiday destination.
Weather in Madeira
These islands, because of their privileged geographical position and mountainous relief, have a surprisingly mild climate. Very mild average temperatures, 22ºC in the summer and 16ºC in the winter, and a moderate level of humidity, confer upon these islands exceptional subtropical features. The seawater temperature is also very mild, because of the influence of the warm Gulf current, presenting averages of 22ºC in the summer and 18º in the winter.
Events in Madeira
There are a huge variety of festivals and events in Madeira. As well as exploring the island, there is a wealth of cultural, sporting or leisure activities. For a current program of events please go to the Madeira Tourism Board
For more information see the official tourist board for Madeira
Languages spoken Portuguese, English
Visa requirements Visitors coming from the European Union, members of the Shengen Treaty, are granted unrestricted entry. Visitors from member states that are not signatories to this treaty need an identification document. International visitors should have a valid passport, and in some cases, a visa to visit Portugal might be requested. Please check with your local tourist authority.