Averages for Madeira in March

What's the weather like in Madeira in March

With winter behind us, March in Madeira sees temperatures rise, rainfalls diminish and an overall betterment of the weather as spring gradually comes to the beautiful archipelago.

Temperature

Average daytime temperature rises a bit over 16 degrees Celsius, with midday high peaks rising up to 18 degrees (higher in cloudless days) and night time lows rarely going below 14 degrees Celsius.

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  • Temperature Temperature 17°C 62°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 19°C 66°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 52 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 10 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 18°C 64°F

Daily averages for Madeira

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 16 17 16 16 17 16 17 17 17 17 16 17 16 16 16 16 17 16 16 16 16 17 16 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 17
°F 61 63 61 61 63 61 63 63 63 63 61 63 61 61 61 61 63 61 61 61 61 63 61 63 63 63 63 63 64 64 63

What's the weather like in Madeira in March

With winter behind us, March in Madeira sees temperatures rise, rainfalls diminish and an overall betterment of the weather as spring gradually comes to the beautiful archipelago.

Temperature

Average daytime temperature rises a bit over 16 degrees Celsius, with midday high peaks rising up to 18 degrees (higher in cloudless days) and night time lows rarely going below 14 degrees Celsius.

Sea Temperature

Sea temperature still remains warmer than the daytime averages staying at a comfy 18 degrees. March is the last off-season month (some say half-season) so tourists start coming to the archipelago in droves to enjoy the fair weather and fine sea. There are relatively few clouds dotting the skies above the Madeira Islands in March and this is the least rainy off-season month.

Rainfall

Total precipitation amounts to 60 mm and at least some rainfall is expected to sprinkle over the islands on 10 days of the month.

Sunshine Hours

The sunshine stays at Madeira's annual averages, with 8 hours of daily sunshine expected throughout the month. Extreme weather phenomena are particularly rare for the month of March but there have been occasional reports of mudslides and tropical storms hitting the islands from the north east once in a few decades

Madeira Hotels for March

The Estalagem Quinta Mirabela offers very inexpensive yet decent accommodation in Funchal's suburbs. Surrounded by sub-tropical vegetation, this budget hotel provides the perfect setting for chilling out. The onsite restaurant offers continental alfresco dining overlooking the capital.

The Hotel Apartamento da Sé is a fantastic self-catering resort that has apartments and suites for families and couples seeking flexible accommodation. The multi-room apartments are well-maintained and very nicely furnished.

The Quinta Jardins do Lago is Madeira Island's luxury botanical garden hotel and offers a truly elegant experience to lovers of nature and luxury. Literally surrounded by all kinds of exotic flora, this is the quintessential hotel to enjoy the local wildlife at its best without forfeiting any creature comforts.

The Porto Mare Hotel is a large all-inclusive hotel complex offering very warm hospitality and fantastic facilities. Overlooking a beautiful cliff over the Atlantic, the Porto Mare is located in the centre of the sprawling villa Porto Mare resort. The hotel is ideal for families with children and couples looking for romantic getaways thanks to its beautiful design and top service and facilities.

The Suite Hotel Eden Mar is an old and well-loved hotel of the Porto Bay group of resorts in Madeira. This friendly hotel offers suites amid a vast botanical area of unparalleled beauty. The food is also quite decent and the half-board deals are worthy of mention.

Madeira Beaches for March

The Calheta is a manmade beach with sand imported mainly from Morocco to be as fine as it can be. Situated on Madeira's south western shores, Calheta is the only real stretch of golden sand in the main Madeira Island. The Calheta is a popular beach for windsurfing, canoeing and many other water sports and nautical activities. 

The Praia Formosa is a beautiful beach very close to Funchal, Madeira's capital. This pebbly beach is fun but a bit inconvenient for families with children as walking on the stones can be difficult. Nonetheless, there is a dedicated nursery for children between the ages of two and twelve on the beach. Around the beach, a vibrant nightlife hub keeps the music loud and the parties going through out the nights. The beach also offers several sports activities.

Bars and Restaurants

Taberna de S. Vicente is one of the best European and local fish eateries outside Madeira's capital Funchal. It takes a bit of time to drive to San Vicente, the village where the tavern is located, but whoever visits is rewarded with very tasty food for decent prices. 

Despite its name, the Café Teatro is a busy cafe bar by day and transforms into a bustling nightclub as night falls. They serve light snacks and amazing cocktails here. Prime time to visit is the evening but in the day they offer snacks and light meals to customers.

One of the best Asian restaurants in Madeira is Sabor da India, it has a huge choice of curries incorporating everything from mild kormas to mouth-burning vindaloos. Great service and prices, too. 

The Gloria Latina is an amazing live music bar that specialises in Latin music. With locals and international talent on show every night, the Gloria plays Latin rhythms from all across the world.

Things to do in Madeira in March

Tennis is an ultra-popular sport in Madeira, with almost every big hotel resort having its own tennis court. Considered a national sport in Madeira, tennis is practiced and organised by the local Associado de Tennis da Madeira. Tourists can partake in local events and receive tennis lessons from Portuguese tennis professionals.

Thrill seekers and kids of all ages should check out the Madeira Adventure Kingdom. This activity organiser arranges a vast variety of different adventures for locals and visitors, with one of the most popular activities being canyoneering across the island. Led by a team of professionals, the adventures are jam-packed with thrills and involve swimming, jumping through waterfalls, hiking, climbing and more.

March events in Madeira

food

Festa da Anona

4th March 2018 to 5th March 2018

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.

Environment

Forest and Tree Week

21st March 2018 to 28th March 2018

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.

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