Located in the North Atlantic, just off the west coast of Africa, Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago consisting of Madeira and Porto Santo, the only populated islands, together with the Desertas Islands and a separate archipelago of the Savage Islands.
With a subtropical climate strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream, Madeira experiences year-round mild temperatures. That’s why it’s such a popular destination for winter holidays, even if this is the wettest season with 10-13 rainy days on average.
Summer highs range on average from 23 to 26ºC (about 73-79ºF) and lows vary within 18 and 20ºC (64-68ºF). July to September are the hottest months, with temperatures above 22ºC (72ºF).
In winter, lows rarely drop below 13ºC / 55ºF, while highs usually stay around 20ºC / 68ºF.
October to December are on average the wettest months. Summer is relatively dry, with about 2 rainy days per month.
Sea temperature varies between 26ºC / 79ºF in the summer (end of August and September) and 17ºC / 63ºF in February and March.
When to Go
Madeira is a year-round destination thanks to mild temperatures, with little seasonal variation. However, if we had to pick the perfect time to visit Madeira that would be from April to September when the chance of rainfall decreases.
Note that Madeira becomes very busy during the high season – summer months and New Year’s Eve when there’s a large fireworks display. You’ll need to book your flights and accommodation well in advance to catch the best deals.