Yes, as you will see, this
island is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean close to the Canary islands, on
the same latitude as the town of Casablanca in Morocco (33°N).
Distances in Kms
About 3 to 4 hours from the UK to fly to this island.
A few supplementary details :
Madeira belongs to a volcanic archipelago of which several islands are
Some are inhabited (Madeira and Porto Santo), the others are
natural reserves, certified worldwide patrimony by UNESCO (the
Desertas and the Selvagens).
Madeira is the biggest with a surface of 740ms2 (67kms in length
and 25kms in breadth ), the second being Porto Santo with 45kms2. About 270
000 inhabitants live in Madeira, and only 7000 in Porto Santo.
Do not forget that even if those islands belong geographically to Africa,
politically they are European.
The island of Madeira is known as " the island of eternal spring".
You will have a sensation of being in a subtropical country, because
there are no extreme
temperatures, and because it rains regularly but not persistently.
Remember , the island is green. So to be honest, it often rains.
It's never too
warm (highest temperatures about 33°c but only when a wind
from Morocco blows a few days of the year). Generally in summer
temperatures do not exceed 24°c (from June to October) and do not let them
bring down on this side of 17°c. In winter they can drop to 4°c. Of course
we are referring to inshore temperatures.
We know the island and can
confirm that there are several micro climates in
Madeira. Most of the year Funchal enjoys sunshine all the year. Over a
distance of 10kms, the weather can change radiccaly, so don't worry. Move and you will find the sun.
Otherwise a "siesta" indoors fits the bill. It could be interesting
also in holidays. The northeastern part is wetter than the south and in
the mountains it can be hot or cold. At 1000ms one is often in a sea of clouds.
Periodically the peaks become visible and the view is exceptional. Otherwise
it can be like a rainy day at home.
What about the temperatures
of the ocean: Sometimes swimming in the sea would seem to require a wet
suit. Well OK this is an
exaggeration but this is not the Tropics either. In winter the temperatures of
the sea is about 17-18°c
in and rises to 22°c in summer. There are municipal swimming baths which have sea-water
(lido, ponta gorda...). In the hotels, the pools are heated
to about 24-25°c.
have a good swim in clear blue water which will not fail to please!