The island of Madeira, because of its privileged geographical position and mountainous relief, have a surprisingly mild climate.Very mild average temperatures, 25ºC in the summer and 17ºC in the winter, and a moderate level of humidity, confer upon this island exceptional subtropical features.
The seawater temperature is also very mild, because of the influence of the warm Gulf current, presenting averages of 22ºC in the summer and 18º in the winter.
7th and 8th of February
The ‘Festa dos Compadres’ marks the opening of the Carnival season in Madeira, a tradition going back to more than 50 years, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Santana.
Carnival, one of the main tourism events of Madeira Island, will entertain for a week, the city centre of Funchal. The city will dawn vibrating with good times to the sound of philharmonic bands, samba and Carnival marches.
The Portuguese Association of Museology (APOM) distinguished three Madeira museums, namely the Photography Museum "Vicentes", the Museum of the Press and the Machico Museum Centre.
The Portuguese international footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, returned to Madeira to unveil a statue in his honour and he received the «Cordão Autonómico de Distinção», the highest honour awarded by the Regional Government.