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 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.
The Chancel Altarpiece Recovery works for Funchal’s Cathedral (Sé) are finished, intervention developed in partnership with the World Monuments Fund, given the importance of it for its surrounding structure, being unique in the world.
The world record holder Francisco Lufinha, for the longest kitesurfing trip without stops, finished yesterday the first stage of the Mini Kitesurf Odyssey, crossing the Atlantic Ocean between the islands of Selvagens and Madeira, where his greatest adversaries were the cold and the wind.
In Madeira, Christmas and New Year's Eve festivities include a rich programme of religious, ethnographic and artistic expressions that lasts until the 6th of January and entertains the city centre of Funchal with lots of music, colour and lights.
Integrated in the Madeira Nature Festival with the purpose of promoting and encourage participants to develop creativity in photography, the Regional Secretariat for Culture, Tourism and Transport and the Madeira Tourism Board promotes, since 2011, the photography contest “ Celebrating Nature”.