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The island of Madeira is a 1hr 30 min flight from Lisbon and around three hours from the main cities in Europe. Madeira airport has direct flights from mainland Portugal, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Scandinavia, Spain, Belgium and Holland.
Madeira’s subtropical climate, with mild temperatures throughout the year (24°C - summer, 16°C - winter), guarantees the balance and is perfect for outdoor activities. The sea, heated by the Gulf Stream, is around 22°C in the summer and 17°C in the winter.
Madeira is rich in microclimates and it is not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day. Light clothing is advisable for the many sunny days. However, a sweater and a raincoat are also recommended.
For anyone wanting to hike through the Madeira’s mountains, it is important to wear suitable footwear and sunscreen.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (°C)
Average annual temperatures are higher on the South Coast than the North Coast and are lower inland depending on altitude. The average temperature varies little during the year, is higher in summer (22°C - August) and lower in winter (16°C - February).
Although the official language is Portuguese, the Portuguese love to speak other languages. Other languages such as English, French, German and Spanish are also spoken especially at hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
The island of Madeira has 270,000 inhabitants. 75% of the population live on only 35% of the island, mostly on the south coast. This is where the capital Funchal is located, a city that accounts for 45% of the population (130,000 inhabitants).
Madeira is on Greenwich Mean Time, the same as Lisbon and London. The island is one hour behind Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia (two hours behind Finland).
The currency used is the Euro (€). It is possible to exchange foreign currency over the counter at banks or at currency exchange bureaux. Major credit cards are accepted at most locations.
In the city of Funchal, you will find a wide variety of international brands and shopping centres. There are souvenir shops throughout the island where you will find the island’s famous embroidery and Madeira wine.
‘Madeira 4 All’ offers all tourists with reduced mobility an opportunity to experience and enjoy Madeira without barriers in safety and comfort.
Electric current on the Archipelago of Madeira is 220V; European two-pin plugs are used.
Water is abundant on the island of Madeira, and all of it is drinkable and of excellent quality. It is safe to drink the tap water from the public supply.
There are 2 hospitals and several private clinics in Funchal. PortoBay hotels also have a doctor available who travels to the hotel if necessary (paid service). There is always a 24-hour pharmacy in each area.
Madeira has the full range of health services necessary for any eventuality that may arise and no vaccination is required before travelling.
112 is the emergency number.
In Portugal vehicles drive on the right. Seat belts are compulsory, a helmet is required to ride a motorbike. No mobile phones allowed while driving. Traffic signs follow international conventions. The legally permissible level of alcohol is 0.5g/litre.
In accordance with Portuguese law, smoking is prohibited anywhere inside PortoBay hotels in Portugal, including bars and restaurants. Smoking is also forbidden in rooms, and is only allowed on balconies and outdoors.
In PortoBay hotels, as in public spaces such as Airports, Congress Rooms, Restaurants, Service Areas and Shopping Centres, there are clearly-marked wi-fi zones where you can access wireless internet.
. .. with its landscape, mild climate, unique waterways, traditions and festivals, cuisine, boat trips, water sports and mountains, gardens and flowers, embroidery and wine make Madeira a multifaceted island destination.
With its extensive natural landscape, Madeira is known for its lush prehistoric Laurel Forest, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We have everything lined up to show you the best Madeira has to offer! On our blog www.inportobay.com you will find culinary tips and suggestions for visiting unforgettable places, along with other places off the beaten track, but no less interesting . .. We have been given the precious help of bloggers from Madeira, and we also share special experiences: those of our guests.
Rabaçal or Caldeirão Verde are some of the must-see places to visit for nature lovers.learn more
There are several cable cars in Madeira; the Funchal Cable Car is next to Porto Santa Maria.learn more
There are two golf courses on Madeira Island, one is next to the PortoBay Serra Golf Hotel.learn more
From Camacha to Ponta de São Lourenço, via Ribeiro Frio or Santana, there is so much to visit!learn more
The landscapes are unforgettable. ..from the bay of Câmara de Lobos, to the pools of Porto Monizlearn more
Explore the island from the sea! You are very likely to spot dolphins or whales.learn more
Don’t forget to visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Botanical Garden and Vila Porto Mare.learn more
The most common grape varieties are Sercial, Verdelho, Boal, Malvasia, Terrantez and Tinta Negralearn more
From Flemish painting to sculpture or contemporary art, come and discover the museums of Madeiralearn more
There’s no shortage of adventure! Go canyoning, mountain-biking, surfing, climbing, diving . ..learn more
Beef skewers, swordfish, fried corn bread and tuna steak are some of Madeira’s typical dishes.learn more
Poncha is a traditional drink made from honey, sugar cane brandy and lemon juice.learn more
With narrow streets and houses from the 15th century, this is a historical and picturesque area.learn more
Buy regional products directly from the producers - an experience not to be missed in Funchal!learn more
Travelling with kids in Madeira is an adventure. Follow our tips and have fun with the family!learn more