Madeira is famous for its lidos, or outdoor pools – you’ll find them at Funchal and Caniço. Calheta, meanwhile, offers two man-made golden-sand beaches with stunning mountain views to rival them all. And Machico has a new beach made from glorious grains imported all the way from the western Sahara.
Think outdoorsy experiences with a few cosmopolitan twists and you’ll be right on the money with a Madeira holiday. This lush island is known for its spectacular gardens, while the mountain scenery makes it ideal for walking the levadas and exciting emerald-green trails. And for chic bars and boutiques, there’s the capital, Funchal.
Weather in Madeira
The two islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, which belong to Portugal, have a very mild climate, to the point that they can be considered as the islands of eternal spring. The north-east trade winds, which prevail throughout the year, bring a bit of cloudiness, humidity, and rainfall on the north-facing slopes. On the other hand, in the cold half of the year, the islands can be affected by Atlantic depressions. Daytime temperatures hover around 19/20 degrees Celsius (66/68 °F) from December to April, and exceed 20 °C (68 °F) between May and November, reaching 26 °C (79 °F) in August and September.
Approx 3hrs from the UK