Madeira Island Complete Holiday Guide
Madeira Island is the perfect holiday destination for everybody. It is located in the mid-Atlantic ocean. It is about 600km west of the Morocco coast.
The island is often called the floating garden. Public parks full of flowers are everywhere. There are also many garden visitor attractions. Take the time to visit at least one of them, you will not be disappointed.
The volcanic scenery is stunning. The mountain village of Monte gives fantastic panoramic views of Madeira's capital city, Funchal. The more adventurous can travel further afield and climbing the peaks above the clouds.
The coastline is stunning. The second highest sea cliff in Europe lies on the south coast. Then there is the ever popular volcanic salt water pools of Porto Moniz. These are just two features that you should not miss.
With over 100 pages of detail, our individual tourist guides will give you all the holiday information that you need for your visit.
Funchal The Capital Of Madeira
Funchal is the financial hub of Madeira. It is also a busy working city. However, the atmosphere is still relaxed. It offers those on holiday an excellent base from which to explore the rest of the island.
The city of Funchal remains one of the safest tourist destinations in Europe.
Whatever you like, you will find that Funchal has something of interest to suit everybody.
Madeira Weather Information
Before you book your holiday, view our Madeira weather information page. It gives a short term weather forecast.
Get the weather forecast for Funchal, Porto Santo and other locations in Madeira.
Other weather information is provided as well. See average daily temperatures for any time of the year. See the average maximum and minimum daily temperatures. See the average monthly rainfall.
The information gives the averages from data collected over many years. It shows useful weather trends for those planning to book a holiday.
The five star Reid's Palace Hotel in Funchal is one of the longest established. It is also perhaps Madeira's most famous hotel.
Guests who have stayed at the Reid's Palace Hotel include Sir Winston Churchill, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, King Carlos Gustav XVI and Queen Sylvia of Sweden. George Bernard Shaw and many celebrities have also stayed at Reid's. Will you meet anyone famous during your stay?
You may choose to stay in the capital Funchal. Alternatively, you may opt to stay in one many attractive resorts that are dotted around the island.
For full details of accommodation available, see our Madeira hotels page.
The fights to Madeira are short-haul from the European mainland. Flights from over 40 major European airports now fly direct to Funchal International airport.
You can fly direct from the United Kingdom. London Gatwick and 10 other regional airports have flights to Madeira island. The flying time from Britain takes about three and a half hours.
Ticket prices depend on your date of travel. You can pick up a bargin if you book well in advance. Flights to Madeira can start from as little as £150 return (correct as at April 2012).
To get the best deal, use our cheap flight search facility on our Madeira Flights page.