Whether you’re after cobbled streets and cosmopolitan culture or waves and water sports, there’s a little taste of everything in Madeira. Explore the 15th-century cathedral, botanical gardens and art galleries. Browse elegant boutiques and lively markets. And after a day of sightseeing or time on the beach, why not head back to your luxury hotel for some spa time.
City chic with a sensational stretch of coast: Madeira has a treat around every corner.
- Currency: Euro (in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 notes).
- Public holidays: 15 August, 8, 24 and 25 December, 1 January, 3 and 25 April, 1 May, 10 June.
- Cuisine: Just like in Portugal, piri-piri seasoning is often used to spice-up chicken, seafood and other meats.
- Tipping etiquette: A tip of 10-15% is usual.
- Transport: Jump in a taxi or rent your own car to see the sights of Madeira.
WHEN TO GO
Madeira’s Mediterranean climate – from mild winters to sizzling summers – make this a perfect island for year-round exploration. Clear blue skies and warm temperatures on the coast are ideal for a spot of sunbathing. While many travel to Madeira for its spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display – once in the Guinness World Records for being the largest in the world.
Funchal, Madeira’s capital, is famous for its abundance of fennel – in fact, that’s where its name comes from. Look out for some in the local markets.
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