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.
Madeira won the 2015 Edition of the National Cocktail Contest, an event organised by the Madeiran Barmen Association. This contest was held at the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre, in Funchal, bringing together about 40 bartenders from all over the country.
Madeira Airport breaks last year’s passenger record. This record stood since 2008, reaching 2.459 million passengers, 0.5 % or about 13 thousand above the previous maximum, according to information from ANA, of the Vinci group.
The historical “Bordal” embroidery factory, located on the symbolic Rua Fernão de Ornelas, has undergone improvement works which included the creation of a “Historical Guidebook to Madeira Embroidery”, available to visitors.
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.