Located in the Atlantic Ocean at the same latitude as Casablanca, this volcano-formed Archipelago was awarded the World’s Leading Island Destination award for many years in a row.
The spectacular landscape boasts one of the biggest tourist attractions of Madeira. Its lush vegetation hides the fascinating indigenous laurel forest, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 as the Natural Heritage of Humanity.
The Laurel Forest is a living relic, occupying two-thirds of the island’s surface.

Madeira Island is also famous for its Levadas – irrigation channels built in the 16th century for agriculture and habitation. Nowadays, the levadas not only supply water to the southern parts of the island but also provide hydroelectric power. They provide a remarkable network of walking paths for easy and relaxing walks through beautiful countryside.

Capital and largest city: Funchal
Other important cities: Santa Cruz, Machico, Porto da Cruz, Santana
Official language: Portuguese
Ethnic Groups (2011): 92,8% Portuguese / 7,2% others
Total Area: 801 km2 (309 sq mi)
Population 2016 Estimation: 289.000
Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
Time Zone: WET (UTC) in Madeira – WET / WEST, AZOT (UTC-1)
Antipodes: Kingston
Driving way: Drivers on the right
Calling code: +351

1. January – New Year’s Days
25. February – Carnival / Shrove Tuesday
10. April – Good Friday
12. April – Easter
25. April – Freedom Day
1. May – Labour Day
10. June – Portugal Day
11. June – Corpus Christi
13. June – Feast of St. Anthony
24. June – Feast of St. John the Baptist
29. June – Feast of St. Peter and Paul
15. August – Feast of Assumption
5. October – Republic Day
1. November – All Saints Day
1. December – Restoration Day
8. December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25. December – Christmas Day

Most people find that Madeira has just about the most perfect climate in the world – it only rains sometimes, and it is never too hot.

Due to its mountainous topography, the island is full of diverse microclimates. The difference in altitude makes it possible in winter to find snow on the top of the mountains, as in Pico do Areeiro, but sunny weather and 23 ºC at sea level or below the “banana line”. The bay of Funchal, protected by the highest peaks, enjoys the best sunshine. That’s why most of the popular hotels are located here, along the southern coastline. Further down the southwest coast, at Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Calheta, Jardim do Mar and Paul do Mar, backed by the lower hills of Paul da Serra, the sun shines brighter during the summer months, and it’s sunny and pleasant throughout the winter. Some towns along this coast are very popular among international surfers.

Summer: temperatures average at a maximum of 24°C (75ºF) and a minimum of 17°C (63ºF)
Winter: temperatures average around 20ºC (68ºF) during the day, and at night it’s usually above 14ºC (57ºF)

Europe´s Leading Island Destination
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013

Source: WTA – World Travel Awards

World´s Leading Island Destination
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Source: WTA – World Travel Awards

Santana Biosphere Reserve

Source: UNESCO

Greatest Fireworks Show in the World

Source: Guinness World Records™

Laurissilva Forest “World´s Natural Heritage of Humanity

Source: UNESCO

“Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve” European Diploma of the Council of Europe for Protected Areas

Source: European Council (EU)