Madeira in detail

Planning Tips

Advance Planning

Six months before If arriving in peak season, between November and March, book your flights and hotel well in advance.

One month before Book ferry tickets to Porto Santo and make dinner reservations at top Funchal restaurants.

One week before Arrange your transfer from the airport and book tours and hikes.


Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Visit Madeira ( Official tourist-board website.

Madeira Web ( Tons of info on culture, tourism and events.

A-Z Madeira ( General information site in English.

City of Funchal ( Funchal municipal website.

Top Tips

  • Organise hikes yourself rather than going with a group.
  • Hire a car if you want to see lots of places, especially in the island's west.
  • Almost everyone speaks some English but a few words of Portuguese always go down well.