The majestic volcanic Portuguese island of Madeira is an excellent year-round destination even in the winter months the sea rarely falls below a balmy 18C.  Come to Madeira for a fantastic selection of adventures and sports, including whale watching, trail running, kayaking, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and snorkelling / scuba diving.

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flight times

From London: 4 hours



time difference

GMT +1 hour

visa requirements

Not Applicable for EU Citizens


Madeira has a Mediterranean climate. May to September has the least rainfall and the warmest weather. January and February can sometimes feel chilly, and you can expect to be rained on.  Even in winter the sea is still a remarkably warm 18C.  Madeira is definitely a year round destination.

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Where to stay

aerial view of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

Hotel Alpino Atlantico is a small boutique style 4 star hotel, for adults only, perched on a 30m cliff and enjoying commanding views over the...

Sharing from: £614
swimming pool and terrace at Gaolosol Resort Madiera

A cliff top 4 star hotel offering excellent value for money and an amazing selection of complimentary daily health and fitness classes, plus an array...

Sharing from: £417
Banner of Balcony and swimming pools at Vidamar Madeira

Good value, contemporary family friendly hotel with spectacular ocean views and a huge selection of facilities and services to keep everyone active and entertained, whatever...

Sharing from: £906
Pool at Belmond Reids Palace Madeira Portugal

Set in glorious subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the legendary Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira is the island's most luxurious hideaway....

Sharing from: £1094

Experiences in madeira

lido pool at Gaolosol Resort Madiera

The stunning volcanic landscape of Madeira is perfect for trail running... The island is criss-crossed with trails and paths that make Madeira one of Europe's best...

aerial view of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

The majestic island of Madeira is an excellent year round destination for snorkelling and the sea rarely falls below 18C even in the winter months. ...

yoga of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

Madeira is a wonderful year round destination for sunshine and we now have a great little hotel on the island we can recommend for yoga... Stay...

mountain biking at Galosol Resort Madiera

Madeira is a spectacular year-round destination for mountain biking... During your stay at Galosol (or at neighbouring adults-only Alpino Atlantico) whatever your age or experience, we would recommend exploring...

daily programme of outdoor and indoor classes at Gaolosol Resort Madiera

Madeira is a great year round destination and offers one of our best value fitness training holiday options... As long as you're self motivated, a week...

Family having fun at the pool at Vidamar Algarve Portugal

For families wishing to enjoy a great holiday in Madeira, we recommend staying at Vidamar. It is a very good value family hotel with a...

aerial view of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

Madeira is a fabulous year round destination and we have a great little adult only option for you... Set on a cliff top overlooking the ocean, Alpino...

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