Weather in Madeira – when’s the best time of year to visit?

Boasting stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and a fascinating capital, Madeira is practically a paradise. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a relaxing solo stay, you’ll love this beautiful island. The only question is: when should you visit?

Madeira is famous for having fantastic weather all year round. However, depending on your preferences, there may be particular times of year you want to aim for (or avoid!). Our guide will help determine the best time to visit for you.

For high temperatures and dry days

If you’re heading to Madeira to sunbathe, swim and explore the island in the sunshine, August is the best month to visit. On average, August tends to be the hottest month of the year, boasting average temperatures of around 23˚C. Keen snorkelers may prefer to go in September, as this is when the sea temperatures are at their highest – expect to be swimming in waters as warm as 24˚C! No wetsuit required!

Alternatively, June, July and October are also great times to go for warm weather, as temperatures rarely dip below the 20˚C mark. August is the driest month, but you’re unlikely to see much in the way of rain if you visit between May and July either.

For warm weather and fireworks

Can’t cope with temperatures above 20˚C? Then you’re much better off visiting Madeira in the winter, which has become an increasingly popular time to holiday there. January and February are the coolest months, but be warned that the former is also the wettest month, too. The good news is that you don’t really get ‘drizzly’ rain in Madeira like in the UK; when it rains it really rains!

No matter which winter month you choose to travel in, you can be sure the weather will be miles better than the UK’s. Temperatures average at around 16˚C, and are very unlikely to drop below 10˚C. It’s no wonder so many of us in Northern Europe head to the island for a holiday during our colder months! Plus, the News Year’s fireworks display is amazing and not to be missed.

For fewer crowds and cheaper accommodation

July and August may be the best months to visit in terms of sunshine and heat, but for these reasons they’re also the busiest times of year to holiday on the island. Not only will restaurants, bars and cafes be busier, the price of flights and accommodation shoot up too. It’s up to you to decide whether those 11 hours of sunshine are worth the crowds and cost.

If you’d rather save some cash and go to Madeira when it’s a lot quieter, travel during the low season, which spans spring and autumn. As we’ve already mentioned, the weather is fine all year round, so if you don’t mind the risk of more rain and slightly cooler temperatures, you could potentially save a lot of money by staying on the island during December instead of August.

Top five outdoor attractions

When the sun is shining you won’t just want to hang about by the pool – at least, not for the whole holiday, so here’s a list of attractions and places you simply must visit when the weather is good.

1) Pico de Arieiro – Madeira’s third highest peak offers breath-taking views and can be climbed in two-three hours.
2) Monte Palace Tropical Garden – This huge garden spans 70,000 square metres and boasts rare, exotic plants from all over the world.
3) Praia do Porto Santo – A stunning unspoilt beach with miles upon miles of golden sand. (The island near Madeira, need a boat or to cath a flight)
4) Levada do Caldeirão Verde – A beautiful walking trail that takes you through woodland, dark tunnels (take a torch) and mountainside paths.
5) Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools – Formed by volcanic lava, these pools are popular with families; the views are incredible too.

Top five indoor attractions

It’s always good to have a back-up plan or two in case the weather doesn’t always play ball during your trip. Hopefully, these top indoor attractions will help keep you and your family entertained when it rains.

1) Madeira Film Experience – This 30-minute film is the perfect way to start your holiday, as you’ll learn all about the island’s fascinating 600-year history.
2) Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Take a tour and see how Blandy’s Madeira Wine is made; you’ll even get to taste a few styles, too!
3) Jesuits’ College of Funchal – Dubbed one of the most remarkable buildings on the island, the college is a fascinating place to visit. Take a guided tour to find out more about the building’s history.
4) Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte – A charming 18th century church which has amazing views at its top.
5) CR7 Museum – A must-visit for Cristiano Ronaldo fans, this museum details the footballer’s life story and displays all 126 of the trophies he’s won.

Whenever you choose to visit Madeira, and whatever you get up to while there, we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time. After all, it’s a stunning island with so much to offer!