The island of Madeira is only 90 minutes away by plane from the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
Madeira is rich in majestic scenarios and rare beauty where it contrasts the deep blue of the sea with the emerald green of the mountains.
Its privileged geographical position gives the island an amazing climatic amenity with very mild average temperatures ranging from 25º C in summer to 16º C in winter combined with moderate humidity. The seawater is equally very temperate.
Festivities and Animation
Madeira is a destination rich in animation. There is a variety of shows, festivities and exhibitions.
The traditional festivals are:
- Flower Festival
- Atlantic Festival
- Wine Fest
- Columbus Festival
- New Year’s Eve Festivities
- St. Peter Festivity
- Madeira – Nature Festival
Madeira has a vast cultural heritage that goes back to the time of the Discoveries, evident in its museums, churches, palaces, manor houses, habits and customs, folklore and various artistic manifestations.
As far as sports activities are concerned, there are several fields on the island where it is possible to practice hockey, handball, basketball, etc. If you prefer sports activities related to the sea or nature, the options are almost endless.
The most relevant ones are: Complexo Balnear da Barreirinha, Complexo Balnear do Lido, Praia do Gorgulho, Complexo Balnear da Ponta Gorda e das Poças do Governador, Complexo Balnear da Doca do Cavacas, Complexo Balnear da Praia Formosa, Praia dos Namorados, Praia do Areeiro, Clube de Turismo and Clube Naval do Funchal.
Cost of living on the island of Madeira
The cost of living on the island is considerably lower than in the rest of Europe. Most of the goods are cheaper than in the remaining European Union countries, including the price of property, rent, food, drinks and entertainment. It is difficult to calculate the average cost of living on the island, as it depends on the circumstances and the lifestyle of each individual. Anyway, it is a fact that the majority of the foreigners from Western Europe living on this island consider that the cost of living is up to 50% lower than that of their homeland.
Besides the island of Madeira, the archipelago consists of the island of Porto Santo, equally inhabited and the Desertas and Selvagens islands, which are uninhabited.
The currency that has been used in Portugal since 2002 is the euro.
The time on mainland Portugal and on the island of Madeira is the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
To call outside Portugal, you must dial the international code 00, then the code of the country you want to call, and then the phone number.
All telephone numbers in Portugal have nine digits and the country code is 351.
National emergency number: 112 (free)
You can find more information about Madeira at http://www.visitmadeira.pt