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Flights to Madeira

Madeira

Cuisine, Culture, Nature
Madeira, a unique holiday destination where Europe merges with the tropics with a near perfect climate year round. A charming destination thanks to its natural beauty, fascinating landscapes and beautiful flora and fauna.
 

Feature / Location

Diverse terrain that's only 35 miles long and 14 miles wide.

Currency

Euro/Euro (€)

Weather

Subtropical Climate

Time zone

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Airports

Funchal Airport FNC

Madeira, is famous for Madeira wine which was previously made by Jesuit Priests and graced the table of America's Founding Fathers. A volcanic island with high cliffs, green and rugged with rustic villages and pebble beaches. The island can be as relaxing or exciting as you want. There is a lot to keep you occupied from exploring local culture, relaxing cafes and more adventurous activities such as the famous Wicker Chair Toboggan run through the streets or hiking the magnificent landscape across the island.

  • Cuisine
  • Culture
  • Nature

Cuisine

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Filete de Espada (Scabbard Filet)

Espada, the black scabbard fish, is typical to the deep waters of the island. It's not the most attractive of fish and is seen to have a scary appearance however, this does not take away from the taste. The typical local way is to prepare the fish with passion fruit and banana sauce. There is no other way to describe it but it is delicious. If you’re a fish lover make sure you try this at some point throughout your stay.

Madeira Wine

Madeira is famous for its Madeira wine and everyone who comes to Madeira needs to be sure to try some before they leave. The quality of wine depends on how old it is and some vintages are a century old having been aged in warm conditions. For a true experience why not go on a tasting tour and see how the wine is made and discover 200 years of winemaking. A one to add to your Madeira things to do list.

Sopa de Triago (Wheat Soup)

An Island speciality known for its gummy texture, the Wheat Soup is loved by the locals. A great winter warming soup rich with vegetables and pork. A humble dish that will make you feel warm and full. A great local dish to try.

Culture

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CR7 Museum

Portugal is well known for the talented footballers it produces. One of the most famous is Christiano Ronaldo. The CR7 Museum located in the centre of Funchal is an ideal place to immerse yourself in all things Ronaldo. His iconic career is well documented in the Museum through photos, memorabilia, videos and even a wax statue. See trophies from throughout his career and hear stories about his life. As Ronaldo grew up in Madeira it's only fitting he have his own museum in the centre of Funchal.

Funchal Cathedral

Dating back to the late 15th Century The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Se dominates the centre of Funchal towering over the buildings surrounding it. Gothic in design with beautiful stained glass windows and interior decor to admire the cathedral has many fascinating artefacts on display. Make sure to add it to your Madeira things to do list when you are wandering around the Old Town.

Old Funchal

Colourful, cobbled streets and charming cosy alleys await you in Madeira Old Town. Meander through the streets taking in the beauty of the city. The old town hosts a quaint farmers market to allow you to mix with the locals and try some of the local produce. Marvel at St Clare's Monastery which is 500 years old. Admire the coloured tiled bell tower in the Church of St Peter and enjoy stopping and trying the local wine in a local bar. A must to add to your Madeira things to do list.

Nature

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Botanical Gardens

A peaceful haven from the normal hustle and bustle of Funchal and its main tourist hub, the Madeira Botanical Garden is a lush green oasis in the heart of Funchal. The colourful enriched collection of worldwide species call 35,000 square metres their home. A complete paradise for those who love and appreciate the gift that is flora and fauna. The atmosphere is tranquil and peaceful so whether you are a keen flora and fauna lover or just someone looking for some peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings the Botanical Gardens are an ideal place to spend a few hours. It's highly recommended to extend your visit and take a ride on the Botanical Garden Cable Car to the village of Monte. The trip only takes 15 minutes and has some amazing views of the Gardens, Funchal bay and the Joao Gomes River.

Madeira Natural Park

Madeira National Park is a protected area that covers two thirds of Madeira Island and touches all areas. Discover beautiful nature full of flora fauna, wildlife, recreational space and recreation, agricultural land and native forests. A perfect place to enjoy some enjoyable Madeira Hiking.

Ponta de São Lourenço

If you enjoy hiking then Ponta de São Lourenço is for you. One of the last untouched areas of the Island, made of a combination of rocks, sea and Mother nature, this nature reserve is covered by Volcanic rock with amazing views around every corner. There are areas to relax and enjoy your surroundings on your journey so make sure you take a picnic with you.

Weather in Madeira

The Madeira Climate is known as Sub Tropical. Madeira weather is very mild and the island is known as the Island of eternal spring. It's never too hot and winters are mild and it rarely gets cold however, January to March are known as the colder months of the year. Due to the Island's location and an abundance of hills and mountains it can be windy but Funchal is usually more sheltered due to its southern slope location. Due to the Island being on the Atlantic, skies are usually cloudy even on a summer's day. August and September are the hottest months on average at 74 °F. For those that crave warmer weather, July, August and September are the best months. Although it rarely rains in the summer it can be cloudy and a little windy at times.
 
 
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Direct flights to Madeira

Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport commonly known as Madeira Airport, FNC is the first stop for all holiday makers coming to the Island. Located 13.2km from the capital Funchal. The Airport has one terminal and all passengers either walk onto the tarmac or are taken by shuttle buses to the aircraft. The terminal offers traditional airport facilities such as restaurants, cafes, shops and duty free.

From the airport it's easy to catch a local bus every day except Christmas Day when services do not operate. The local bus is fairly cheap and schedules can be found on the airport website and services run regularly throughout the day. For your convenience on the Ground Floor level of the terminal there is a taxi rank. Please note that all journeys made between 9pm and 6am, Weekends and any holidays are subject to an increase in price usually around 20% of the normal fare. You will also find that you will be charged an extra €1.50 for your suitcases or any pets. A great way to see the island and an easy way to get to your hotel from the airport is by hiring a car. There are many well-known Car rental companies available at the airport with terminal collections. Top tip: In peak season or any holiday periods always book your car hire in advance.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Madeira

What's the best time to visit Madeira?

It's best to visit in August and September when the weather is warmer.

What's the best way to get around Madeira?

To really make the most of the time, we recommend hiring a car; however, you should only do this if you are a confident driver.

Where can I try the Basket Toboggan ride?

The best way to try the Toboggan is to take the cable car from Funchal to Monte and take the Toboggan ride back down.

What is the currency in Madeira?

Madeira is part of Portugal and the currency is the Euro.

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