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.
- 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 number||112|
|Police||291 208 400|
|Fire||291 200 930|
|Medical emergency||291 204 480|
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.
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.