Madeira in detail


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.



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


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