The majestic volcanic Portuguese island of Madeira is an excellent year-round destination even in the winter months the sea rarely falls below a balmy 18C.  Come to Madeira for a fantastic selection of adventures and sports, including whale watching, trail running, kayaking, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and snorkelling / scuba diving.

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flight times

From London: 4 hours



time difference

GMT +1 hour

visa requirements

Not Applicable for EU Citizens


Madeira has a Mediterranean climate. May to September has the least rainfall and the warmest weather. January and February can sometimes feel chilly, and you can expect to be rained on.  Even in winter the sea is still a remarkably warm 18C.  Madeira is definitely a year round destination.

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Where to stay

Pool at Belmond Reids Palace Madeira Portugal

Set in glorious subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the legendary Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira is the island's most luxurious hideaway....

Banner of Balcony and swimming pools at Vidamar Madeira

Good value, contemporary family friendly hotel with spectacular ocean views and a huge selection of facilities and services to keep everyone active and entertained, whatever...


Experiences in madeira

Adult only holidays alpo atlantico hotel portugal

The majestic island of Madeira is an excellent year round destination for snorkelling and the sea rarely falls below 18C even in the winter months. ...

yoga of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

Madeira is a wonderful year round destination for sunshine and we now have a great hotel on the island we can recommend for yoga... Belmond...

daily programme of outdoor and indoor classes at Gaolosol Resort Madiera

Madeira is a great year round destination and offers one of our best value fitness training holiday options... It is a terrific choice for the fitness...

Family having fun at the pool at Vidamar Algarve Portugal

For families wishing to enjoy a great holiday in Madeira, we recommend staying at Vidamar. It is a very good value family hotel with a...

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