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  • Madeira, beautiful scenery & plant life, but for beaches it has to be Porto Santo

    Weather for the week: very warm to hot, approx 28 degrees celsius, changeable from sunny to rainy. I would say...


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                Prone to pirate raids in the mid-16th Century and now a popular tourist resort, Funchal, capital of the Madeira Islands in Portugal is no stranger to visitors. The island hosts many suntanned beaches and palm trees as well as those buildings with cream walls and orange roof tiles that instantly come to mind when thinking of Portugal. 

The island is packed with fantastic landscapes; full of greenery, quaint gardens, volcanic caves and several species of whale and dolphins which holiday makers can see just off the coast.  Unfortunately you canât take them home and keep them in the bath.

                People who get restless easily can go to one of the several theme parks on the island. Funchal is also the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo, football player for Real Madrid.


                The summer weather in Portugal is no difficult task to guess.  Itâs very hot.  Typical forecasts showing highs of 25.7°C (78.3°F) say so.  Even the lows at 16.5°C (61°F) are pretty tasty.  The humidity will ensure that the hot times stay hot and the cool times stay cool as the temperature drops by an average 5°C at night time.  Itâs still best to make sure your hotel room has air conditioning.  Funchal also has a bristling nightlife with many bars and nightclubs

                Funchal is blessed with 14 hour long days during the summertime and 8 of those get the full force of the sun, so thereâs plenty of time to get a real tan and show off to your orange mates back home.  Donât spend too long in the sun though as Funchalâs summer operates in the 10 region of the UV index.  That means itâs very high and too much exposure could be a health risk⦠and heatstroke will really spoil your holiday.

                If you do get too hot, thereâs the sea right there and at 21°C (70°F) itâs quite nice to swim in.  It's the perfect temperature to go scuba diving or surfing too.

                The rain in the summer is minimal at best, keeping itself within 2.5mm and 3.1mm in July and August.  The June does trail the spring rain out a little bit with 11.9mm, but thatâs just over a centimetre really, so the holiday weather will be mainly clear blue skies which are great for taking a hot air balloons out for a cruise.


                Madeiraâs winter has similar (if not better) temperatures to English summer.  Highs reach 20°C (71°F) and the lows skulk about at 12.8°C (55°F) and as with the summer, drops by 5°C at night time.  Itâs a more temperate climate than the summer and for those holiday-goers who want sun, sea and sand, but also donât want their skin to burn, winter in the Madeira Islands are a great place for it as the UV index sticks to moderate climates of 3 to 5.

                The amount of daylight recedes back to 10 hours a day and half of them receive direct sunlight, but donât expect to wake up every morning and expect a blue sky as for around 12 days a month Funchal drops anything from 87.2mm to 102.7mm of rain on the resort capital.

                The sea temperature drops down to averages of 18°C (64°F), but for those who want to get away from the beach area thereâs always the Levada walk which takes tourists around the wilder areas of the island and gives views of those whole region from up on high.

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