Why You Should Visit Madeira
The archipelago of Madeira is situated off the coast of Portugal and offers many exciting adventures for active travelers as well as a range of interesting heritage sites for those looking for a more relaxed getaway. The capital of Madeira is Funchal, noted for its beautiful architecture and stunning natural landscape. As well as its many bustling marketplaces and busy bars and restaurants, there are plenty of historic sites to be found in the city like the Santa Clara Convent and the Sao Lourenco Palace to be seen. If you are looking to get about and explore the island then there are many places to go like the Sao Vicente volcanic caves or the imposing Cabo Girao cliffs. There are also many opportunities to stay fit and active with various hiking trails and water-based activities like snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving to be enjoyed.
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Arriving In Madeira
Madeira Airport, also known as Funchal Airport or Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport, is the primary airport serving Madeira located just under 15 km from Funchal. The airport is housed within a single terminal complex and offers an excellent range of amenities including restaurants and cafés, retail and duty-free shopping and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.
If you are looking to catch flights from the UAE to Madeira you will not be able to make the journey nonstop as no airlines provide direct flights from anywhere in the UAE. However, the airport has connections to a variety of airports around Europe including Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid and Frankfurt, so you can make the trip with just one stopover if you are traveling from the UAE.
Madeira Travel Information
Portugal is a part of the Schengen Area which enables UAE nationals to enter the country without a visa for a period of up to 90 days. Getting around Madeira is possible by bus and there are also ferries going between the islands, while there are plenty of car rental agencies available at Madeira airport where you can get your own vehicle as soon as you have landed. The weather in Madeira stays relatively warm for the majority of the year with average highs of around 26 degrees during the hottest months of August and September.
* This information is correct as of November 2017
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