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Where is Madeira?

Madeira is an island located within the country of Portugal. Portugal is part of the Iberian Peninsula and located in southwestern Europe. It includes two archipelagos: the islands of Madeira and the islands of the Azores. Portugal is a semi-presidential Democratic Republic, where the Prime Minister is the head of government. It is part of the European Union.

Time zone: Continental Portugal and Madeira = GMT

Paying and Tipping in Portugal

Portugal is part of the Eurozone, so the currency is the Euro (EUR). Many places accept credit card payments, but it is always helpful to have some money with you. There are many ATMs where you can withdraw money. It is common to tip around 10% if you are satisfied with the service.

Pink flower in a rock

About Madeira

Madeira is a sub-tropical archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and is an autonomous region of Portugal. The archipelago is made up of two populated islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, and two groups of unpopulated islands called the Desertas and Selvagens Islands.

Known worldwide as the Islands of eternal spring, Madeira, “Ilha Jardim” (Garden Island) or “Pearl of the Atlantic”, has a mild climate throughout the entire year.

Madeira island is 500 km from the African coast and 1,000 km from the European continent, only 1.5 hr flight from mainland Portugal and about 3 hr from all the main countries in Europe.

The climate type is maritime temperate, with hot summers and rainy winters, with Atlantic, continental and Mediterranean influences. The climate also varies according to the altitude and proximity to the ocean.

The islands are known for their stunning flora and fauna, especially when flowering begins in spring.

View of Porto Da Cruz village in Madeira, Portugal

Porto da Cruz, Madeira

Porto da Cruz is a village on the northeast coast of the island of Madeira in Portugal, with a population of about 3000, to which add up surfers, sunbathers, and hikers.

The heart of the village sits on the Atlantic Ocean, with houses stretching into the mountainous terrain that surrounds the area. Porto da Cruz has some nice beaches (rock and sand). Additionally, there are two natural swimming pools and the beach area is surrounded by a cluster of cafes and restaurants.


Penha da Águia – Eagle Rock is an impressive 590m high rock looming over Porto da Cruz, with a very steep cliff on the ocean side. And if you already like this rock looking at it from down below, know that there is a trail leading to the top of Eagle Rock. You’ll end up on its highest point, enjoying breathtaking views over the ocean, the North coast and Porto da Cruz. Porto da Cruz also has a good variety of other walks such as the Pico do Larano, Levada do Castelejo and Boca do Risco, among others.

Engenhos do Norte – Sugar cane factory

Take the seafront promenade previous right here for a sexy stroll to the Companhia dos Engenhos do Norte, a working rum distillery – you possibly can peer inside to have a look at its big wood barrels used to retailer the aguardente liqueur.

This firewater, a sugarcane brandy, may be tasted at any bar within the village. It is extra palatable when tasted as a part of the island’s well-known cocktail, poncha, combined with honey and lemon juice


Flights to Madeira

Planes arrive at Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo, commonly known as Madeira Airport, or Funchal Airport, located at Santa Cruz, 20 km east of Funchal, 10 km south-west of Porto da Cruz.

Getting to Madeira is easier and cheaper than you might think, especially if you fly aboard any TAP plane into Lisbon from anywhere outside of Portugal and then connect with a TAP commuter flight from Lisbon to Funchal (90 minutes flight).

In addition, TAP has several direct flights daily.

Direct flights

Direct flights connect easily to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and of course UK. Check to see if you have a direct flight to Madeira.

Following airlines take you to Madeira:

Aigle Azur, Easyjet, Air Nostrum, Austrian, Azores Airlines, Binter, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, Edelweiss, Enter Air, Eurowings, Finnair,, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian, SAS Scandinavia, TAP Portugal, Thomas Cook, Transavia, Travel Service, TUI Fly, Vueling Airlines. Check your airline and destinations here.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your identity card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.

A walking path in Madeira, Portugal

How to get to Porto da Cruz

From the airport, you might take a taxi to Porto da Cruz. For a 20 minutes’ drive you will pay around 20 EUR.

Alternatively you can rent a car at one of the rent-a-car booths at the airport.

The public bus line 208 takes you from the airport to Porto da Cruz on working days (Mon to Fri) at 16:30 and 17:20 (around 40 minutes trip). The fair is around 3.50 EUR.

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Things to do in Madeira

Madeira has a lot to do including hiking, biking around the island, visiting natural rock pools, canyoning, and watching the sunrise from the top of Madeira.

There is a golf club Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra can be found within 13 km from Porto da Cruz.

Praia da Alagoa is the best place to have a surf experience. Surfing lessons can be arranged at the Calhau Surf School

Levada Walks

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