Best Time to Visit Madeira

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Madeira. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Funchal. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Madeira for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 13 °C to 26 °C
Waves Symbol 17 °C to 23 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.084.06 in (0 – 9 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Madeira is an island of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean and forms together with the small neighbouring island Porto Santo and the uninhabited Desertas Islands the Madeira group of islands.

Madeira is home to some 240,000 people who live in the metropolitan area around the capital Funchal and the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos, which became famous mainly for a painting by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Even today, Câmara de Lobos and the luxury hotel Reid’s Palace are of outstanding tourist importance for Britons. The entire main island Madeira has the character of a medium to high mountain range and falls spectacularly into the ocean along the coasts.

The Portuguese island with springlike temperatures all year round is above all a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. The highest elevation of Madeira is Pico Ruivo with a height of up to 1862 meters, which can be found in the rugged high mountains.

Climate in Madeira

2011-03-05 03-13 Madeira 705 Ponta de São Lourenço (Allie_Caulfield)  CC BY Madeira’s notorious climate is composed of different mesoclimates. The north of the island has quite a lot of rainfall and therefore a particularly lush vegetation, while the south of Madeira is significantly drier and is characterised by more hours of sunshine.

To enable the southern half of the island to benefit from the rainfall in the north, sophisticated irrigation systems – the open levadas – ensure water supply to the plantations and fields.

Overall, the climate can be described as meditteran-subtropical and is characterised by year-round springlike temperatures, which rarely become particularly cold or particularly hot. Average daytime temperatures range from around 19 °C (January, February) to 26 °C (August, September).

Best Time to Visit Madeira: Overview

JanuaryJan
TemperaturesTemp. up to 19 °C
FebruaryFeb
TemperaturesTemp. up to 19 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
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NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C

When to travel to Madeira?


Basically Madeira is well travelable all year round, which is the special characteristic of the permanently pleasant temperatures. In the last years between November and February there have been frequent storms and even snowfalls, so we do not recommend winter as the best time to travel on the island.

From mid-October the wetter season in Madeira starts statistically, causing increased precipitation until the end of March. We therefore recommend May to mid-October as the best travel season for Madeira. April is already very sunny as a transitional period and therefore equally popular.

Climate Chart Madeira

Funchal

Climate Chart Funchal
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Madeira

In the following, you will find the climate table for Madeira, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Funchal (Madeira)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature19°19°20°20°21°22°24°26°26°24°22°20°
Night Temperature13°13°13°13°15°17°18°19°19°18°16°14°
Water Temperature18°17°17°17°18°20°21°22°23°22°20°19°
Precipitation (inch)4.063.432.521.540.750.470.080.121.462.953.983.94
Rainy days897532013689
Hours of Sunshine556677787655
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Funchal is 18.7 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (22.3 °C)
Coldest month: February (15.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Funchal is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 25.28 inch on 61 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Funchal.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights in Madeira


Madeira Island is particularly attractive for its natural attractions and is therefore particularly popular with active holidaymakers. Hikes along the irrigation canals (levadas) offer very intensive nature experiences and fantastic panoramic views in many places.

A particularly impressive climb from Pico Ruivo in the rugged Massif Central up to the second highest peak of Madeira, Pico do Ariero. The way from Blandys Garden to Monte along magnificent tea houses is much more relaxed and suitable for beginners.

From Monte you can either take the traditional basket sledge or the cable car back to the beautiful capital Funchal. You should not miss a stroll through the market halls of the city or a visit to the green oases like Santa Catarina Park or the Presidential Palace Garden.

Bathing is of course possible on Madeira, but one usually looks for white sandy beach on the island in vain. This can only be found in the raised lagoons of Machico and Calheta or on the enchanting neighbouring island of Porto Santo. Otherwise, various natural sea swimming pools attract visitors, for example in Porto Moniz.

Popular Activities

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Old Funchal Walking Tour | Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk | Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal | Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal | Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour | Madeira Pirate Ship: 3-Hour Boat Trip | Funchal Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Funchal (Station Nossa Senhora do Monte)
light intensity shower rain     light intensity shower rain, 15 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 9 mph NW
Air Pressure: 1009 hPa       Humidity: 72 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:00 am
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Portugal: Regions

Madeira is part of the holiday destination Portugal. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Madeira: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 8 reviews for Madeira holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Ulrike, 54 years old was there in May

    This island is just great. We were there in May, hadn’t the dream weather – sometimes cloudy and a little drizzle – but the people and the versatility make up for everything. Anytime again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    walter braun, 73 years old was there in January

    it was very nice we were satisfied and could do a lot

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Julia, 29 years old was there in April

    We were in April in time for the flower festival in Madeira. It was incredibly warm, blue sky, pure sun. Anytime again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Jennifer Eder, 31 years old was there in November

    mild temperatures day and night around 20 degrees, 3 of 7 days with rain, but always pleasant – without real cold feeling

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Anita, 62 years old was there in April

    Lots of sunshine, pleasant temperatures, great climate landscape great only in the evening a little fog

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Holger, 52 years old was there in May

    Warm, but not too hot. One week of sunshine, no rain – ideal travel weather for this beautiful island!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Toni, 53 years old was there in February

    better weather than expected.
    temperatures 20 to 25 degrees
    ideal for outings and when there was no wind also for
    sunbathe

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Marvin, 23 years old was there in March

    It was still a bit fresh, especially at night, but you have to reckon with that even in summer in Madeira. Apart from that, the beginning of March proved to be the best time to travel, we had a lot of sunshine and only one day with dense cloud cover. It was especially nice that we (against all predictions) had no rain at all

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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