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.
The Institute for Forestry and Nature Conservation (IFCN) has recently concluded an important construction work in the area of Rabaçal, at the PR6 – Levada das 25 Fontes walk, thus contributing to reduce the human load which this trail daily undergoes.
As part of the initiatives regarding the Flower Festival, one of the most emblematic of Madeira’s tourist attractions, "Correios de Portugal" (the Portuguese postal services, CTT) promoted the release of its most recent stamp collection on this subject – a homage to the flowers of Madeira and genuine island traditions.
With the Atlantic at its feet, Funchal is a city with 500 years of history and has a rich cultural heritage. Now, it’s possible to discover its secrets and mysteries through guided tours carried out by the Academic Association of Madeira University (AAUMa).
The excellent quality of Madeiran hotels has been consistently recognised, not only for customer loyalty, but also by major tour operators and companies involved in the tourism industry, awarding prizes in different categories.
The winner of the 2014 Edition of the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT), the Frenchman Julien Chorier, travelled to Madeira with his team Hoka One One to participate in the São Vicente/Porto Moniz Ultra Trail, which took place on the 14th of February.