People of young and old flock to Madeira year-round, enticed by consistent warm weather, a temperate, swimmable ocean, and a cinematic, mountainous landscape that makes you feel like you’re right on the edge of the world. The latter draws in hikers, cyclists, and thrill-seekers keen to ramble its famous levada trails, glide around winding roads on two wheels or paraglide off steep cliffs. Some come for something more sedate – long days reading on pebbly beaches, sunny al-fresco seafood lunches, and sunset swims at open-air lidos. Others simply pitch up at one of the many excellent resort hotels in Funchal, the capital, and rarely leave, except for occasionally dropping into the city for a drink or bite to eat. Regardless of what you desire, there is almost certainly a hotel in Madeira to meet your needs – a historic grand dame, a family-run Quinta in the country, a beachside spa hotel or a design-focused villa with sweeping sea views. You can find the best Madeira hotels laid out below.
Where is the warmest place in Madeira?
Madeira can experience all four seasons in a day. However, the safest bet for regular sunshine is on the island’s southwest coast, places like Calheta, Ponta do Sol and Ribeira Brava. Although Câmara de Lobos and Funchal also enjoy mild-to-warm weather throughout the year (the north is chillier). In summer, the average temperature on the island is around 25 degrees. While spring is approximately 20-24 degrees, and winters average roughly 18-20 degrees. Still, expect heavy rain showers and the occasional thunderstorm, particularly from December to April.
What is the most beautiful part of Madeira?
Despite being nearly half the size of Gran Canaria, Madeira is an incredibly diverse island. The southwest coast is home to mountains covered in banana and avocado trees, exotic flowers and a string of pretty coves, like Madalena do Mar, Ponta do Sol, and the picturesque fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. On the north side, you’ll find the photogenic black sand beach of Seixal, the charming, 15th-century straw-roofed houses in Santana, and the lava pools of Porto Moniz. Many visitors, however, stay in Funchal, and day trip to all of these places. One of the most beautiful activities to do is to walk along one of Madeira’s remarkable 200 irrigation tunnels, or levadas, which wind through tunnels, clouds and waterfalls high in the mountains.