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.
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.
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.
On the mainland you can go shopping or relax as you ride on a Madeira coach tour.
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.
The Palheiro Golf Course on the island of Madeira is set within the magnificent Palheiro Estate, next to the Madeira Island five-star Hotel.
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.
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.
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