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An Introduction to Madeira

Temperature Chart

The temperature chart shown below is an average over 24 hours; 
during the day the sun is strong throughout the year and the temperature is higher than indicated.

 


Funchal
The City is situated on the lower cliffs of the south side of the Island and is a busy port of call for many Cruise Ships and yachts. Today the City suffers less with traffic congestion and pollution as a result of the new ring road, but still cannot be said to be totally quiet or free from fumes. The City has many new attractions including restaurants, cafes, water sport activities, the Marina, the Casino, the Cable car and a new shopping complex. The open market designed in the late 1930’s with a two-storey arcade and centre courtyard is well worth visiting. There are many shops specialising in tapestries and embroidery.

Eating out in Madeira is invariable inexpensive and the portions are very generous.

South East Coast
CANIÇO
- almost half way between the Airport and the City is this little village that has a few shops, bars and restaurants around the square with "lower Canico" some 2kms away at sea level.
SANTO DA SERRA - on a plateau some 700 metres above the sea, with picturesque country roads lined with camellias and azaleas, with the golf course nearby.

South West Coast
CAMARA DE LOBOS -
translated means "chamber of wolves" a fishing town with colourful boats, once a favourite spot of Sir Winston Churchill where he loved to paint, with banana plantations and vineyards nearby.
RIBEIRA BRAVA - busy, colourful town positioned almost in the centre of the South coast of the Island with an open market, cafes and shops, and the Ethnographic Museum ( well worth visiting!)
CALHETA - translated means "little cove" whose claim to fame is that it has the largest number of hours of sunshine recorded on the Island. It has a charming seafront, with the odd café and restaurant and the parish Church with well preserved Mudejar ceilings.
PAUL DO MAR - until the late 1960’s the only way to get here was by boat, now it is accessed by a small winding road. The scenery here is very different to the other parts of the Island.
PRAZERES - is a small tranquil agricultural village, located in a remote part of the Island.

Northern Coast
PORTO MONIZ -
sheltered port famous for its natural swimming pools in the volcanic rock.
SÃO VICENTE - an old town of white houses decorated with flowers, is sheltered at the foot of the valley. The village is still very much a rural community, the main tourist attraction being the caves in the volcanic magma.
PONTA DELGADA - tranquil location with wonderful views of the coastline.
SANTANA - small village with unique triangular houses and thatched roofs set in a beautiful landscape. There is a small beach at the foot of the hills.


The Mountains
SERRA DE AGUA -
where the first hydroelectric power station was built. A popular place for walkers.
ARIEIRO -
at an altitude of 1,810 metres - a "must see" panoramic view of the mountains: excellent for scenic walks and rambles.
ENCUMEADA -
this mountain pass is situated on verdant slopes some 1000 metres above sea level with fabulous views. Sometimes you stand in the sunshine with a layer of cloud drifting below you.
EIRA DO SERRADO -
where the first hydroelectric power station was built. A popular place for walkers.
ARIEIRO -
at an altitude of 1,810 metres - a "must see" panoramic view of the mountains: excellent for scenic walks and rambles.
ENCUMEADA -
this mountain pass is situated on verdant slopes some 1000 metres above sea level with fabulous views. Sometimes you stand in the sunshine with a layer of cloud drifting below you.
EIRA DO SERRADO -
from here you can admire the Curral das Freiras at the bottom of a steep valley between high peaks with vertical cliffs. It is said that the nuns took refuge here from pirate raids back in the 17th Century.

Gardens
The lush gardens of Madeira are prolific and definitely worth visiting. The most famous are the Boa Vista Orchid, Blandys, Palheiro, Botancial, Monte and Quinta das Cruzes gardens. There are others such as Quinta Palmeira which can only be visited by appointment. We also arrange Gardening Groups – please ask.

Madeira’s Carnivals and Festivals
Here are some of the Carnival’s and Festivals that take place during a calendar year. The actual dates change from year to year so please ask for more us for more details.
Dec 31st - New Years Eve Spectacular Firework display in Funchal
March: Carnival - fancy dress parade through the streets (1st & 4th March)
May: Flower Festival with main floats on the last day (over 2 days/ 3rd & 4th)
June: Month of Fireworks and Music (Atlantic Festival) every Sunday
July: Madeira Day "Day of Discovery" on the 1st of July
August: Madeira Wine rally (International Motor Rally)
September: Wine festival
October: Madeiran Band festival