Madeira: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||39 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||36 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||3 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||33 %|
Averages for Madeira in March
All across spring, summer, autumn and winter, Madeira enjoys pleasant temperatures and sunshine. Although March marks the end of the winter period and the start of the spring season on the island, the average temperatures are still significantly higher than in the UK and much of northern Europe during summer. During this month, the average temperature rises slightly from 16°C at the start of the month up to 16.5°C in the final few days. Daily highs follow a similar pattern, increasing from 18°C to 19°C, whilst daily lows stay constant at 14°C.
March falls at the beginning of the dry season in Madeira, making it much drier than previous months, such as January and February. At this time of the year, the average rainfall is 51mm (two inches) which is spread out over ten rainy days. With rainfall occurring on around 1/3 of the month, there is a good chance that you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday, so it’s worth packing an umbrella or some waterproof clothing.
The probability of rainfall is at its highest around March 1st, when it falls on 42% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is least likely to occur around March 19th, when it only falls on 37% of days. Across the month, the most expected forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain and drizzle. If you don’t want to risk rainfall ruining your holiday, you’re best off travelling to the island in August or September, when rainfall is at a minimum.
Throughout March, Madeira enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day – a number which is much higher than many other countries and islands in northern and central Europe.
Across the month, the length of the day is gradually increasing, with a difference of one hour and one minute between March 1st and March 31st. The shortest day of the month is March 1st with 11 hours and 30 minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is March 31st with 12 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.
The sky is best described as partly cloudy during March in Madeira, when the median cloud coverage is 56%. This figure barely changes at all as the month progresses, only ranging from 58% to 53%.
In a typical March in Madeira, average wind speeds range from 1 m/s (light breeze) to 7 m/s (moderate breeze), very rarely exceeding 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) usually happens around March 15th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around March 4th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. During this month, the wind is most often coming from a north easterly direction.
The relative humidity for Madeira in March fluctuates between a mildly humid 56% and a humid 82%, almost never falling below 46% (comfortable) or rising above 92% (very humid). During this month, the air is usually at its driest around March 30th, when the relative humidity levels fall below 62% three days out of every four. March 16th is usually when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity levels rise above 77% three days out of every four.
At this time of year, the average sea temperature for Madeira is 18°C – that’s the same as the previous month. Whilst a handful of people might find this temperature pleasant enough for swimming, most visitors to the island will probably find it a bit too cold to spend much time in the water. If you’re planning on practicing water sports during your holiday in Madeira in March, make sure you pack your wetsuit.
Porto Moniz Beach in Madeira
Things to do
- Since March is still classified as winter in Madeira, the ocean is often a lot choppier than in the summer months. This makes March the perfect time to hit the waves. The best waves on the island are found on the north shore and the area of São Vicente is an ideal spot.
- If the rain makes an appearance during your holiday, take a 30-minute guided tour of the underground passages of the São Vicente Caves, which were formed following a volcanic eruption. The caves are actually 900,000 year old lava tubes that are so large visitors can walk through without needing to bend down - a brilliant story to recount to friends and family back home.
- The mild temperatures make March one of the best months of the year to explore the island. City Bubbles gives you the opportunity to get to know Madeira in a unique way – by driving around in an electric car. You can choose to rent your own car and go exploring yourself or sign up for one of the guided tours. There are loads of different tours available – including ones which travel to: Funchal, the City Of Câmara De Lobos and Monte – providing something for everyone, wherever you want to go.
- Golfing enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy a round or two at Palheiro Golf. This 18-hole par-72 Championship course winds through maritime pine forests and botanical woodland teeming with subtropical plant life. In addition to the golf course, Palheiro Golf also features a six-hole academy course designed for golfers of all abilities, chipping green with bunkers, putting green, warm-up driving range, practise nets, pro shop, equipment rental and restaurant.
- If you appreciate fine architecture, make sure you stop by Igreja de Sao Pedro. This stunning church is located in Funchal and provides a peaceful retreat away from the bustling city life. The outside of the church is quite plainly decorated, with white facades and strong black outlines. The inside of the church is a completely different matter, with grand artwork, chandeliers, statues and gold adornments.
Porto Santo Beach in Madeira
Where to eat and drink
- Restaurante Santo Antonio is a fantastic restaurant located off-the-beaten-track in Madeira. This popular eatery is known for its superb meat skewers – especially the fillet steak skewers. There are loads of homemade side dishes to choose from, as well as freshly made desserts.
- If you’re looking for looking for traditional Portuguese cuisine, stop by Taberna de S. Vicente. Here you’ll find a wide variety of locally-caught fish and seafood, as well as plenty of meat and vegetarian options, too. To round off your meal, why not try the yoghurt and homemade jams?
- The White House Pub is a traditional English pub located in a popular tourist zone in Madeira. Here you’ll find indoor and outdoor seating, as well as several large screen TVs which show most major sporting events. There is an extensive drinks menu to choose from and a casual International food menu, with a few Madeiran specialities thrown in, too.
- If you’re in the mood for a fancy cocktail, stop by FX Bar. This Portuguese-style bar/restaurant serves a wide variety of drinks, including fruity soft drinks and alcoholic cocktails. If you’re feeling a bit hungry, make sure you try one of the pizzas – they’re highly recommended.
Where to stay
- The Hotel Solar de Boaventura, located in the town of Boaventura, is a true bargain with rooms starting from just £28 per night. The onsite minigolf keeps guests entertained before a dinner of freshly caught fish (for which Madeira is famous) can be enjoyed in the hotel’s restaurant.
- When it comes to boutique hotels, it doesn’t get much better than Quinta do Furao. This hotel is surrounded by gardens and panoramic views, making it perfect for nature lovers. Here you’ll find double rooms, junior suites and villas, as well as a swimming pool, restaurants, bars, fitness room and massage room.
- Holidaymakers in search of the perfect sea view should consider staying at Madeira Regency Cliff. This hotel is located on top of a cliff, looking out to sea, and provides visitors with a variety of rooms and suites. Onsite services and facilities include: restaurant, bar, swimming pool and gym.
March events in Madeira
Festa da Anona
7th March 2015 to 8th March 2015
The Festa da Anona (Cherimoya Fruit Festival) is foodie festival held in the small town of Faial on the north coast of Madeira. This festival has been going since 1900 and focuses on the cherimoya fruit - the most common type of fruit grown in Faial. To promote the cherimoya, various exhibitions are held, alongside market stalls and family-friendly entertainment.
Forest and Tree Week
20th March 2015 to 27th March 2015
The Forest and Tree Week is an annual event which takes place in the Ecological Park of Funchal (Parque Ecológico do Funchal). This environmental event is comprised of nature expositions, workshops, contests, activities and walking trails designed to encourage visitors to get to know the forests and learn how important they are to the island.