Madeira is located West of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean. Together with Porto Santo and Ilhas Desertas, the island forms the region Madeira, as part of Portugal. The island Madeira is only 56 kilometers long and 21 kilometers wide, that once arose after a volcanic eruption. Thanks to its mild climate you can find a lot of green and flowers on the island.
The island Madeira has one airport, Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo, but also known as Funchal International Airport. The airport is located on the East of the island. The landing strip is built over the water.
All the basics you need to know about Madeira, Portugal.
Suggested daily budget – 70-80 EUR / 75-85 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in cheap accommodation, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using car hire. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this budget to be higher!)
1. Buy your groceries in a big supermarket
Not every small town has a supermarket, other small towns have a small supermarket. In a few bigger cities you can find big supermarkets with lots of choices and offers. If you’re staying for a longer time, we suggest you buy groceries once every few days (or maybe even for a whole week) to save money.
3. Visit Miradouros for free
Most Miradouros (viewing points) that you find on the island are free. Here you can find free parking spots and the most beautiful views across cities and the ocean. Read our blog on the Must See Viewing Points in Madeira.
Thinking about visiting Madeira? We have selected a few of the finest accommodations, restaurants, and activities for you to explore during your trip. Taste the local cuisine, stay at a cozy B&B and get to know the Portuguese culture.
2. Mid-range accommodation
Glamping in Ponta do Sol is the perfect way to get in touch with nature, but with the comforts of your own home. Take a look at this glamping accommodation on Airbnb for €88 per night.
2. Jardim Tropical Monte Palace
Jardim Tropical Monte Palace is one of the most popular gardens in Madeira, located in Funchal. You can visit the gardens by taking the cable car from Funchal center. Read our blog about Jardim Tropical Monte Palace for more information.
3. Levada das 25 Fontes
Explore the nature and woods of Madeira, during a 2,5-hour trail to the 25 springs of Rabaçal. There are also other routes that you can take, but this route is the most popular one. Read more about Levada das 25 Fontes.
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