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Where is Madeira Island?
Madeira Island is an autonomous region of Portugal, located approximately 1000 km from Lisbon on the mainland continent of Portugal. It is the largest and most important island in the archipelago.
The neighboring island of Porto Santo was first discovered and is known as the “Golden Island”. It is much smaller than Madeira and very different in respect of its urography - the land is more flat and vegetation is scarce, thus a more arid climate than in Madeira. Its main attraction is its beautiful 9km stretch of golden sandy beach.
The Deserts are a group of islands, which also forms part of the archipelago – these are made up of s Grande, Bugio,Ilha Chão and Prego do Mar. Selvagens islands consist of the Selvagem Grande, Selvagem pequena and Ilheu de Fora. Click here to view a map of Madeira.
Weather in Madeira
A combination of sub-tropical and Mediterranean climate throughout the year allows tourists and visitors to enjoy 3 thousand hours of sunlight exposure per annum in both summer and wintertime too. Average air temperatures fluctuate between 16ºC and 19ºC in winter and 21ºC to 25ºC in summer.
A fairly humid climate with around 80 days of rain each year - most of which occurs during the winter months at altitudes between 700 m to 1300 m above sea level. Good telecommunications and postal services include latest technology with direct dialing to and from anywhere in the world, express mail services plus the most up to date Internet connection technology - all of which contribute to the ideal retirement location in Europe.
Flights to Madeira Island
Funchal – Madeira
How to travel to Madeira Island
Aside from flights to the island, Madeira offers excellent maritime transport facilities and infrastructures by way of its two deep sea ports – one in Funchal and another in Porto Santo.
Cargo vessels dock in at the Caniçal port located to the East of the island. The newly renovated Funchal harbor is now known as one of the most popular ports of call for luxury cruise liners linking Europe to the Americas.
Tourism in Madeira
Although tourism is the main industry on the island and has been so for the last century, the internationally renowned Madeira wine, exquisite hand embroidery, wicker-works, indigenous flowers and exotic tropical fruit also form part of the local economy.
Approximately 1 Million tourists currently visit the island per annum – most of whom originate from European countries.