Funchal: April Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||40 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||37 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||32 %|
Averages for Funchal in April
April starts to heat up in Funchal, Madeira, as the city begins to head quickly towards summer. Rainfall eases off a bit from March and the temperatures begin to rise. Thanks to its Mediterranean position, Funchal experiences a mild climate throughout the year, which makes it the perfect place to go and grab some early summer sun.
Average daily temperatures sit at around 17°C, though these can often rise to 19°C and above in the heat of the afternoon. The nights in Funchal are warm at this time of year, too, with temperatures rarely falling below 14°C. Layers are a good idea if you’re visiting in April – you’ll be grateful for t-shirts and shorts during the day, but you might want to pack an extra jumper or two for after dark when the sun goes down. Remember to slip in some suncream, too, as the rays are still very strong at this time of year.
As Funchal begins to make its way towards the dry season, the amount of rainfall diminishes. In April, you can expect around 70mm of rain to fall over an average of 10 days throughout the month. It’s likely you’ll get caught in a shower or two, so be sure to pack an umbrella so you don’t get too wet.
Because of its location, Madeira sees fewer hours of sunshine in the summer months than during winter. In April, you can expect to see around 7 hours of sunshine per day – it may not seem like a lot for this time of year, but it still provides plenty of time to get out and discover all of the things that Funchal has to offer.
All in all, April is a great time to visit Funchal if you are looking for warm, sun-filled days and a city that is bursting to the brim with cultural pursuits and fun attractions. There might be a chance of rainfall, but the high temperatures for somewhere in Europe at this time of year make it a great place to visit for some early summer sun.
Where to Stay
The Hotel Madeira is a large hotel block in the centre of Funchal. It boasts a rooftop terrace complete with swimming pool and bar that offers spectacular views across the rest of the city, as well as out to the sea and beyond. Rooms are bright and modern with white-washed walls and pastel accents, and each one has its own private balcony. In addition, guests can enjoy the on-site café bar, as well as the delicious hearty buffet breakfast.
The Orca Praia Hotel sits right on the beachfront in Funchal and offers guests their own slice of private sand to relax on. The rooms are spacious and contemporary with their own lounge areas and large balconies overlooking the bay. There is also an in-house spa with a range of relaxing treatments, including massages, facials, and Turkish baths, and there is a restaurant with both buffet and a la carte options, as well as a cocktail bar and a poolside snack bar.
Hotel do Carmo is a stylish three-star hotel in the heart of Funchal. It features a sleek and colourful design with modern touches, whilst the rooms are simple and fresh with quirky wall murals and private balconies. The hotel also boasts a rooftop swimming pool with views across the beautiful bay, a restaurant with terrace, and a lively bar with a tranquil garden.
Things to do
The Presidential Gardens are beautiful in April, as the flowers are in full bloom ready for the summer. Here, visitors can wander through the maze of beautiful, aromatic flora and enjoy a spot of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There are also numerous animal species you can spot around the gardens, including peacocks and parrots, and there are a few ornate fountains dotted throughout. To top it off, the elevated position of the gardens mean visitors can admire the spectacular bay from above.
The Santa Maria ship offers a great excursion for history lovers. Decked out in the style of Columbus’ ship and boasting pirate décor inside, visitors can climb aboard and learn more about the adventurer and his travels. Younger members of the family will enjoy the authentic touches (including in-house parrot), and adults can grab a cold drink at the pirate bar on board.
Hit the Beach
Funchal doesn’t have tropical-island style beaches with soft white-sand and swaying palm trees. Instead, the coastline is characterised by black sand that stems from the island’s volcanic roots, and there are numerous pebbly coves and unusual rock formations that stud the shoreline. Despite this, the beaches are a popular draw for tourists in Funchal, though in April the water may still be slightly chilly for a swim.
Praia do Gorgulho is free public beach made from pebbles. It’s only small, but it provides great waters close to the centre of Funchal. There are on-site facilities including a toilet and shower block and there are a number of restaurants and bars flanking it for all your refreshment needs.
Where to Drink & Eat
The Istanbul Restaurant is a cosy, atmospheric Turkish restaurant in the heart of the city centre. The rich, ambient décor provides an intimate dining experience whilst the menu offers a selection of delicious authentic Turkish dishes from kebabs and mezze platters to falafel and halloumi salads. Don’t forget to tuck into some sweet, sticky baklava for dessert!
Restaurante Tokos is a small, rustic restaurant filled with hanging pot plants and exposed-brick walls which sits inside a century-old building that has maintained its traditional features and adornments. It provides guests with an intimate dining experience as well as a fresh menu bursting with Mediterranean flavours, including fresh fish, meat, and seafood dishes. The menu changes regularly to ensure diners only experience the freshest seasonal flavours.
April events in Funchal
3rd April 2015
Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death, which is told in the Christian bible.
5th April 2015
Easter Sunday is one of the most festive events amongst Christians worldwide. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in the Christian bible.
Liberation Day/Freedom Day
25th April 2015
Freedom Day on April 25th is a National holiday in Portugal and the rest of the Cities and Municipalities including Funchal, with official commemorations. It celebrates the 1974 Revolution that ended the reign of dictatorship and created the beginnings of a democracy.
Madeira Flower Festival
16th April 2015 to 22nd April 2015
Every year, two weeks after Easter, Madeira’s flower-festival fills the main streets of Funchal’s centre with floats displaying a myriad of flowers and colours. On the eve before the street parade, thousands of children gather in the Praça do Município where they build a ‘Wall of Hope’, made of thousands of flowers. Other activities during this time include the making of flower carpets in the streets, folklore performances, flower shows, classical music concerts and variety shows.
The Wall of Hope Ceremony
18th April 2015
Combining the delicacy and the beauty of flowers to the naivety of children, on Saturday morning takes place a children’s parade towards the Square of Município, to take part in the construction of the “Wall of Hope”. This initiative, which has been held since 1979, on an appeal to the world for peace, involves over a thousand children, who go from Avenida Arriaga to Praça do Municipio, to place one flower on a wall replete with symbolism, the “Wall of Hope”.
Festa da Cultura do Funchal
24th April 2015 to 4th May 2015
The Book Fair is an annual event held for one week in May in Funchal Avenida Arriaga. It involves the participation of the majority of Madeira’s bookshops and some Portuguese publishing houses including live entertainment. Here you may find stands of great selections of books for all ages including antique photos of Madeira.