Dangers & Annoyances

  • Every year a couple of hikers have accidents on the levadas – these are sometimes fatal. Be extra careful on narrow exposed sections and never try to walk after dark.
  • There has been a noticeable increase in touting, especially along Funchal seafront. While they're polite, they can be irritating.
  • Only confident drivers should hire cars on Madeira. Never take shortcuts when behind the wheel.
  • Rock falls are an issue – stay well away from any areas signposted as dangerous.
  • Don't underestimate the weather at altitude. While sunbathers frolic in the Hotel Zone, there can be snow at Pico do Arieiro.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day 1 January
  • Carnaval (Jan/Feb) 40 days before Easter Monday
  • Easter March/April
  • Liberation Day 25 April
  • Labour Day 1 May
  • National Day 10 June
  • Madeira Day 1 July
  • Assumption 15 August
  • Funchal City Day 21 August
  • Republic Day 5 October
  • All Saints Day 1 November
  • Restoration of Independence 1 December
  • Immaculate Conception 8 December
  • Christmas Day 25 December
  • 1st Octave 26 December

Emergency & Important Numbers

General emergency number112
Police291 208 400
Fire291 200 930
Medical emergency291 204 480

Entry & Exit Formalities

  • As an autonomous region of Portugal, Madeira is part of the Schengen zone.
  • EU nationals can stay indefinitely.
  • All other nationals should check with their Portuguese embassy.

Electricity

220V/50Hz

Opening Hours

Smaller shops close on Sundays but malls and supermarkets are open every day.

Standard opening hours:

Shops 9am to 7pm

Museums 10am to 12.30pm, 2pm to 6pm

Post Offices 8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday

Restaurants noon to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm

Money

  • Madeira uses the euro (€)
  • ATMs are widespread.
  • Tipping is rarely expected.