The capital Funchal in the south of the island is a cultural centre of Madeira. Here to discover: the Ronaldo Museum CR7, the famous Monte toboggan rides and a botanical splendid garden of the extra class. In the northeast of the island, the small coastal town Porto Moniz enchants sightseers with a natural swimming pool made of black lava stone. In the southwest, in the city Calheta, you can find what is probably the island’s most beautiful beach. Nature lovers are also drawn to the interior of the island to the Madeira Nature Park a unique ecosystem, and to the Laurissilva Forest on the north coast.
Hikers find good conditions in Madeira all year round. In the interior of the island and the south you can go hiking even in winter. During summer and autumn the whole island is a hiker's paradise.
For those who want to enjoy the blossom, the spring between April and June is ideal.
For bathing, it's best to arrive in summer between June and September, with temperatures up to 28°C and water temperatures up to 24°C. But be careful: The currents around the island should not be underestimated. It is best to swim only in designated bathing areas.
Madeira is an island in the Atlantic Ocean. It is situated almost 500 km off the Moroccan coast. The best way to reach it is therefore by airplane. The airport of Madeira can be reached directly through several German airports. A direct flight from Berlin, Munich or Frankfurt am Main usually takes a little less than 5 hours.
Yes, even though they are a thousand miles apart, Madeira belongs to Portugal and therefore to the EU. This has several advantages for travellers from Germany. The Euro is the official currency, additionally, Madeira is part of the Schengen area, so there is no passport control at the airport. This is also good news for roaming charges: Madeira belongs to country group 1, so with most mobile phone contracts you can call home and use the mobile internet without worries.
It is not always easy to find the special hotel for your vacation. However, the most beautiful hotels in Madeira definitely include The Cliff Bay - PortoBay, as well as Palheiro Village Madeira or Vidamar Resorts Madeira. A list of only the best hotels in Madeira can be found here: The most beautiful hotels in Madeira.