The "Pearl of the Ocean" is made of fertile soil with a heavenly climate, that of an eternal spring, hence its superb flora. Funchal, a charming colonial-style capital with its small houses with white walls, is a long-standing stopover on the road to the Americas. The city now vibrates with the constant flow of liners and tourists on the lookout for museums and churches, with an imperturbable sweetness of life.... Madeira also reveals its wild coasts and its constellation of mountainous villages. Although the inhabitants defend a very island-like identity, we find this peasant and welcoming atmosphere so widespread in the countryside of continental Portugal. For swimming, the natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz in the north of the island and the endless white sand strip of Porto Santo, the neighbouring island, are very pleasant. So many facets of this small Portuguese archipelago that you can discover even better by following the indications of the Madeira tourist guide. But despite its very touristic aspect, Madeira still has some sites off the beaten track and a museum dedicated to the famous footballer Ronaldo, a local child!

The must-see places in Madeira

When to go to Madeira?

Thanks to its mild climate, Madeira can be visited all year round. The high tourist season is of course summer because of the seaside resort aspect of the island but the best time to visit Madeira is spring during the months of March, April and May, a period during which Madeira is beautifully flowered; it is easy to understand why it is nicknamed "the island of flowers". If you go to Madeira at the end of February/beginning of March, you will probably have the chance to attend the Madeira Carnival; it is always a great moment between parades of flowery floats and extravagant costumes.

How to go to Madeira? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many tour operators offer tours to Madeira. They are generally cheap and last from 10 to 15 days. We recommend you to take a tour that includes cultural visits to Funchal or picturesque villages, beach stops in Porto Santo for example and above all visits to natural sites with a hiking section. Not hiking in Madeira would be a real shame because the landscapes are sublime and leave an unforgettable memory.

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Book early for the best rates if you leave during the summer because prices can double compared to the rest of the year. On site, it is easy to organize your stay alone but it is also recommended to book your hotels early during the high season to get the best rates.

Several bus companies serve Madeira and they all pass through Funchal. It is quite easy to travel by bus across the island. But to be able to go anywhere the ideal is still to rent a car, you can find agencies quite easily in the capital. No train in Madeira, however.

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Transportation
  • Airport/Station car parks
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

Thanks to its mild climate, Madeira can be visited all year round. The high tourist season is of course summer becaus...
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Weather forecast

Madeira enjoys an exceptionally mild climate all year round thanks to the currents of the Atlantic Ocean. The weather...
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Budget

Life is relatively cheap in Madeira, but prices in tourist establishments generally increase in spring but especially...
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Formalities

For European Union nationals, no visa is required for Madeira, as the Madeira archipelago is part of Portugal and the...
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Health

There are no health hazards to report in Madeira. No mandatory or recommended vaccinations in Madeira, although it is...
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How to travel by yourself?

Book early for the best rates if you leave during the summer because prices can double compared to the rest of the ye...
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How to get organized?

Many tour operators offer tours to Madeira. They are generally cheap and last from 10 to 15 days. We recommend you to...
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Getting around

Several bus companies serve Madeira and they all pass through Funchal. It is quite easy to travel by bus across the i...
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