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.
Madeira Islands, elected in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 "Europe's Leading Island Destination" is nominated once again by the World Travel Awards (WTA), in this category for the sixth consecutive year.
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.
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.