Sea, Sky and everything in between!
Madeira: A safe haven from today's modern society and just a short traveling distance from most European major cities; the island offers superb accommodation, fantastic scenery and an escape from all that is wrong with the mass-tourism of the costas. The capital Funchal is renown as much for its food as it is for its clean, crime-free streets.
Where is Madeira? It's located in the Atlantic Ocean, just north-west of the Canary islands and a little further away from Africa, which gives it the balmy summers and warm winters it's famous for... the ideal holiday destination all the year round.
In this website you will find general information about Madeira, plus specific information from various tourism service providers. We hope you enjoy browsing through our pages which have information on hotels, bed & breakfast, property for sale, levada walks, big game fishing and much much more . . . .
Start off by looking through the menu items above or look at the LIVE WEBCAMS where you can see what the weather is doing at many points around the island, and then perhaps come back to the home page to check hotel reviews and what's happening in Madeira over the coming months ...
From the Port of Funchal and many other island locations
Or join Richard Hall of Stepping The World as he goes Big Game fishing, encounters dolphins, tastes Madeira Wine and has a fantastic helicopter trip around the island ...
2011 EVENT CALENDAR -
Further details from Madeira Live
4th - 8th March
Madeira Carnival is an extravagant bonanza, celebrated in the capital, Funchal. Costumes, music, food… Everything you could ask for is here. No costume is too crazy for this beautiful Carnival!
7th – 8th May
The Madeira Flower Festival attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world to witness what is, arguably, one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see! Fresh flowers flood the streets and a delicate fragrance fills the air. If you choose to visit Madeira, make sure you attend this event. It is not to be missed!
São João Festival
This festival takes place on the island of Porto Santo, just off the coast of Madeira. Though it is of a religious origin, it also symbolises the beginning of summer festivites for all Madeirans. The festival encompasses beautiful firework displays, music and plenty of local gastronomy to try out!
Atlantic Festival Fireworks Competition
4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June
This breathtaking festival boasts some of the fireworks displays you will ever see. Combining fireworks with the best classical music creates a feast for your eyes and your ears!
Funchal Jazz Festival
Jazz fans flock to this Mecca of the jazz world, taking place annually at the Parque de Santa Catarina in Funchal.
Madeira Wine Rally (European Rally Championship)
4th – 6th August
If racing is your thing, visit Madeira in August to witness some of the best rally car racing in Europe!
Madeira Wine Festival
1st – 9th September – Shows and Exhibitions in Funchal
This festival commemorates Madeira's wine-growing roots with traditional old-style wine making processes, such as the treading of grapes, along with many other activities. Any wine lover cannot afford to miss this!
Columbus Festival - Porto Santo Island
15th – 17th September
This festival celebrates the life and adventures of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus, who lived on Porto Santo Island for a couple of years. The festival takes place on Porto Santo Island itself, with various activities taking place, the highlight being the re-enactment of Columbus' arrival at Porto Santo Harbour.
Late November to early January Fantastic Decorations and Exhibitions
End of the Year Madeira Festivities
Madeira celebrates the festive season in style, and when I say in style, I mean it! Mind-blowing fireworks displays, street parties and people flooding through the streets to celebrate. Madeira is the perfect place to celebrate your Christmas or New Years, and make it one to remember!
31st December – New Year's Eve Firework Display