Updated: Feb 9, 2021
When is the best time to visit? By Mark Blezard
Madeira is an all-year-round destination. The weather is temperate 12 months of the year. That said, Christmas week and New Year is considered peak season, mainly because of the fireworks display.
What’s the weather like in December?
November to December is typically mid to high teens Celsius. In my personal opinion, the best months for Madeira are in early Spring and early Winter, usually warm but not too hot. August can be in the low 30’s, perhaps too hot for some.
Are there mosquitos in Madeira?
Yes, bringing a plug-in device is wise. However, you will not be plagued by them. It is far from a tropical island.
Do I need a car to travel around Madeira?
Personally, I prefer to use taxis for day trips. For little more than 120 Euros you can have a driver for the whole day and island trip. Driving outside of Funchal City centre is quite demanding, narrow twisty mountain roads. I’m not saying you can’t hire a car, just be prepared especially if you are used to driving on the left-hand side of the road. We use a regular taxi driver who does some of the best island tours I know. His English is perfect and he’s knowledgeable of the island’s history. Personally, a way more relaxing way to view the region. Email me for contact details.
What are the COVID regulations for Madeira?
For all visitors, you must take a COVID test either before you leave your country or upon arrival at Madeira airport. The test takes 12 hours to produce results so you must stay in quarantine at your resort for this period. If your flight arrives in Funchal late evening this will not present as a problem.
Is Madeira expensive?
Not at all. Like all places, you can spend as much as you want, we have Michelin starred restaurants for example. However, if you are on a budget Madeira will work just fine. You can buy excellent Portuguese Green wine for less than €3 a bottle from a supermarket! Use self-catering and shop like a local and you'll probably save money!
What is Madeira famous for?
Madeira wine is probably the most famous product now, but also historical and cultural features, flora and fauna, landscapes (Laurel forest) that are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and embroidery artisans. See our 'what to do in Madeira' for a guide.
Where is Madeira?
Madeira is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, geographically closer to the west coast of Africa, approximately 600 kilometers away. It is a Portuguese territory often referred to as the garden of the Atlantic because of its all-year-round floral display.