Things to do in Madeira

Madeira – the Island of Eternal Spring

Madeira is known worldwide as the Island of Eternal Spring and it is a popular year round resort visited by over a million tourists each year. There is a much to enjoy and a lot of things to do in Madeira, an island noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans. The annual New Year celebration features the largest fireworks show in the world, which was been recognized by the Guinness World Records in 2006.


Things to do in Madeira

Madeira is a sub-tropical island and the second richest region in Portugal after Lisbon and you’ll find a lot of things to do in Madeira when on vacation.


Madeira Beaches, Surf and Diving

The Atlantic is great for sailing, fishing, water skiing, surfing, whale and dolphin spotting and diving. The sea temperature is between 18 to 24 degrees Celsius, depending on the time of the year. The Garajau coastline offers sub-aquatic enthusiasts one of Europe’s first underwater nature reserves.


Madeira Shopping

On the mainland you can go shopping or relax as you ride on a Madeira coach tour.


Madeira Excursions

You get to see the rugged North and West, the mountainous South and East or even go on the famous Nun’s Valley Tour for half a day.
The Levada walks in Madeira are great ways to get in tune with the nature and landscape of this location and climate.


Madeira Golf

The Palheiro Golf Course on the island of Madeira is set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate, next to the Madeira Island five-star Hotel.


How to get to Madeira

Madeira is 1hr 30mins flight from mainland Portugal. The Madeira Airport that used to be known as Airport Santa Catarina is now often referred to as Funchal Airport.


When to go to Madeira

Madeira can be visited year round, as the temperatures are comfortable throughout the year. As it is primarily outdoor adventures that attract tourists to the city there is therefore things to do in Madeira regardless of when you visit. The hottest months of the year are August and September when the temperatures are in the upper 20s Celsius (70s°F). The coolest months of the year are January and February with temperatures between 10-20 degrees Celsius above zero (low 60s). The rainy season is between November and February. The choice is yours.

Things to do in Madeira

Madeira Facts

Population267 785
AirportMadeira, Portugal (FNC)

Madeira average temperatures

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Golf in Madeira

The island of Madeira is host to two great golf clubs in Santo da Serra Golf Club and Palheiro Golf Club. Santo da Serra features a 27 hole golf course, located in the scenic hills near the eastern shore of the island. It is a beautiful course that offers great views and excellent golfing. Palheiro Golf Club is located in the outskirts of Funchal and features an 18 hole woodland championship golf course. Don't miss these courses if you are looking for golf in on the island of Madeira!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Madeira - Laurisilva of Madeira

Laurisilva is the official name of laurel forests, a type of vegetation that today can only be found in the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. The Laurisilva of Madeira, found within the Madeira Natural Park, is the most extensive laurisilva surviving today and, for this reason, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the flora, the laurisilva of Madeira contains its own fauna with species only found there, such as the Madeiran Laurel Pigeon. You can take the bus to get to the laurisilva, and this is a visit you can do by yourself without the need of a guide, provided that you’ve researched a little bit the route you plan on taking!

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