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 Irish airline Ryanair makes its debut in the Region, starting next March, with the launching of a new operational air base in Madeira in an estimated investment of 178 million euros, creating 60 direct jobs.
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.
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.