Famous for its magnificent landscape and exotic plant and animal life, the sun-drenched island of Madeira is truly marvellous. Known as The Island of Eternal Spring, the island lies on the Gulf Stream, which gives it a warm sub-tropical climate. Temperatures comfortably range between 17˚C to 24˚C all year round, assuring a pleasant year-round climate and an abundance of lush vegetation.
The island offers a fantastic range of water sport activities, dramatic and unspoilt scenery and friendly local people. Madeira Island doesn’t have many sandy beaches, however the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, which can be reached either by ferry or a plane, is considered to be the sun lovers’ paradise.
Madeira boasts some exceptional gardens and is an ideal destination for year-round golf, scuba diving or whale and dolphin watching. There is much to explore, from traditional villages with quaint thatched triangular houses to the lush terrain or a levada walk – an extraordinary trek taking in magnificent rainforests, stunning waterfalls and breath-taking vistas following a unique web of Madeiran irrigation aqueducts, channels and tunnels. Entertainment is a low key affair on Madeira although there are excellent nightclubs in several hotels with music and cabarets, and many hotels offer live entertainment including folklore evenings. Typical souvenirs include wickerwork, embroidery and the famous Madeira wine.
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Local time: GMT (Irish time)
- Airports: Lisbon, Faro, Funchal
- Flight duration: Lisbon approx. 2h 40mins, Faro approx.. 3h, Funchal approx. 3h 40 mins
- Languages: Portuguese. Many people speak English
- Climate: Mediterranean climate with long dry summers in the South, Mediterranean-Maritime climate in the North and Subtropical climate in the islands of Madeira and the Azores
- Voltage: 220V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets 2 round pin type are used
- Opening hours: Normally the shops generally open Monday to Saturday between 9am to 1pm & 3pm to 6pm or 7pm. In most of the tourist areas, shops and supermarkets remain open until late