The Perfect Time For Your Island Escape
When is the best time to go to Madeira? Read on for the inside scoop on when to hit the island’s subtropical shores.
An All-Year-Round Paradise
Madeira, the island of eternal spring, is the perfect all year round destination. With its mild temperatures, it offers the ideal climate for those who adore the great outdoors.
Whether you’re a walker, nature lover, or simply someone who loves to soak up dramatic scenery, this dreamy island is the ideal outdoor playground.
So, when is the best time to go to Madeira? This gem of an island is a gracious host all year-round, no matter the time of year.
Whether you’re a flower fanatic, or a seeker of scenic trails, consider this your ultimate guide.
Read on to discover the best time to go to Madeira.
Best Time to Visit Madeira
The Best Time to Visit Madeira For Flowers
March, April and May
Madeira is known as the ‘Floating Garden of the Atlantic’ due to its lush and diverse landscapes. It’s a botanical paradise.
With mild temperatures and nature in full bloom, March to May is the perfect time to witness the island’s vibrant floral beauty.
You’ll be treated to beautiful flower displays throughout the year, but there’s no better time to visit than in Spring.
The island bursts with an explosion of colourful blooms, particularly when the Madeira Flower Festival is in full swing. The festival dates change each year but it's always after Easter, in either April or May.
Even if your Madeira holiday doesn’t align with the blooming bonanza of Spring, you’ll still be treated to a floral fiesta that won’t disappoint. This island will still have a bouquet of surprises in store, no matter the season.
Whether you’re walking along the famous levadas or strolling the island’s promenades, you’ll still be treated to lots of floral delights.
The Best Time to Visit Madeira For Hot Weather
June, July, August, September and October
Whether you’re escaping winter’s chills or wanting warm weather, then Madeira has got you covered with its delightful all-year-round climate.
Even as early as February you could find yourself strolling along the island Levadas in shorts and a t-shirt. But if you’re after even warmer temperatures, then July to October is the ideal time to visit.
As summer arrives, Madeira offers an inviting climate for sun-chasers and adventure seekers. The warm and dry temperatures make it the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities and soak up the island’s natural beauty.
It’s also the peak tourist season, so expect a lively atmosphere with plenty of events and activities.
The Best Time to Visit Madeira For Walking
All Year Round
Madeira has excellent walking temperatures all year round. Even in October and November, you can enjoy over 10 hours of sunshine and pleasant temperatures in the low 20s.
However, Madeira’s charm doesn’t end with its fantastic walking temperatures. Thanks to its subtropical climate and rich volcanic soil, it delights in a year-round flowering season.
With its mild climate all year round and an impressive 1,350 km network of levadas, this place is a walker’s dream.
Best Time to Visit Madeira For Less Crowds
November, December, January and February
For those seeking less crowds and a slightly quieter experience, the best time to visit Madeira is from November to February.
The weather is mild to warm, making it an excellent destination to escape the chilly months at home. The temperature is just right for leisurely wandering and exploring the island’s vast outdoor activities.
If you’re lucky enough to plan a visit around the New Year, Madeira’s award-winning fireworks display in Funchal will make your holiday one for the books. The award-winning display is famous worldwide, and guaranteed to add some sparkle to your holiday.
It’s around 18-20 degrees in December, so don’t forget to pack a light jacket to stay cosy. It will come in handy, especially if there’s a sprinkle of rain. Layers are perfect for this time of year so stay savvy and pack like a pro.
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**Up to two guided walks per week are included in the following resorts: Mayrhofen, Seefeld, Saalbach & Hinterglemm, Chamonix, Morzine, Limone, Merano, Selva, Champoluc, Cervinia, Kranjska Gora, Grindelwald, Wengen, Zermatt, Funchal and Caniço. All walks are subject to availability of local guides, weather conditions and maximum numbers. Where we cannot confirm your preferred option in resort, we will endeavour to offer an alternative subject to the above conditions.