Regions: Madeira

Magical Madeira

Borovets Skiing

Borovets Region

If you are looking for a holiday that will offer you beautiful weather, lots to do and gorgeous scenery to gaze at, Madeira could be the perfect option for you.

Madeira is an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of a small group of islands.

The islands of Desertas and the Selvagens are unpopulated, while of Madeira and Porto Santo are.

The Madeira archipelago is an autonomous region of nearby Portugal and is a popular holiday destination with people from all over Europe.

Interestingly, Madeira is actually closer to Africa than Europe; it is 620 miles from the European continent and 310 miles from the coast of Africa.

Weather, Climate & Travel

The weather is largely constant, with temperatures typically between 20 and 17 degrees Celsius.

Borovets Skiing

Skiing in Borovets

The north of the island of Madeira is much wetter than the south, and so there is a system of watercourses that is designed to take water from north to south to keep the island irrigated.

If you are a fan of hiking then these watercourses make great trails to hike along and, with some great Madeira villas available, you're sure to be able to find a suitable base to come back to at the end of your walk.

When it comes to travel, most people arrive by plane at Madeira International Airport.

The island of Madeira is also quite popular with cruise ships and there is a weekly boat between it and the Algarve in the south of Portugal.

If you need to travel while you are on the island then one good option is to buy a seven day bus ticket.

Car rentals can be a good option for people who want to get out and explore the island; choosing a private Madeira villa and a rented car gives you great freedom to explore.

Culture & Things To Do

Borovets Rila Summer Views

Rila Mountain Range, Borovets

The people of Madeira speak Portuguese as their native language, although in some of the popular tourist areas such as Funchal, the largest town, many people speak English.

Learning at least a few words of Portuguese before you go is recommended, however, as the locals always appreciate it.

In terms of sights to see while you are staying on Madeira, one great place to visit is Levadas where you can see an amazing system of aqueducts. The oldest were built in 1461, so there is a lot of history to be discovered there.

The Funchal Botanical Garden is also worth a visit if you are staying in the Funchal area, as most tourists do.

Another really worthwhile trip is to pay a visit to the Sao Vicente Caves. These are some stunning volcanic caves where you can see lava tubes.

Somewhere To Stay

There are plenty of Madeira rental properties located around the island, catering for parties of various sizes so you shouldn't have any trouble finding something to suit.

The Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery, Borovets

Villas often come with amenities such as swimming pools and air conditioning, too, so they make a great alternative to staying in some of the busier popular tourist hotels.

Taking into account the climate, history and available property on offer in Madeira, you're sure to have a fantastic time on your holiday there.

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