The Madeira archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal. The archipelago consists of Madeira Grande (741 km2, 250 000 inhabitants, Porto Santo (42.17 km2, 4 474 inhabitants), Deserta Grande, Selvagem Grande, Bugio Island, Selvagem Pequena, Selvagens' Fora Islet, and Desertas' Chão Islet. There are suspicion that the islands were discovered by the Phoenicians, at any rate, the Romans knew them and called them the Purple Islands. The Portuguese rediscovered (accidentally) them in 1419. Two captains reporting to the famous Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator were driven by storms to Porto Santo (Holy Port) and they named the island in gratitude of their deliverance form being shipwrecked. They have been part of Portugal ever since. In 1976 they were granted autonomy.
The islands are part of SchengenAgreement and boats from the EU do not have to go through customs.
- 1831 Arquipélago de Madeira
- 51017 Ra's Beddouza to Cap Juby including the Arquipelago Da Madeira and Islas Canarias
- 51261 Arquipelago Da Madeira
- 51262 Baia de Porto santo
- 51263 Baia Dp Finchal and Praia Formosa
- 51342 Ilheus Selvagen
- E3 Madeira
- C20 Gibraltar to Arquipelago dos Azores and Islas Canaries
The climate of the islands is oceanic subtropical which is mild and fairly low humidity. The water temperature, influenced by the Gulf Stream varies between 17° C (winter) and 26° C (summer).
Sources of weather forecasting:
- Weather on Line gives detail 7 day forecast charts for the Madeira Archipelago
- Wind GURU is a surfer's site with worldwide wind forecasts
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Also see World Cruiser's Nets
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All vessels arriving in Madeira, or moving between ports on the island, must contact the authorities on both arrival and departure. All vessels must make first landfall at an official Port of Entry. The vessel's registration documents and passports for all on board must be presented. A "clearance document" is then issued and must be presented to the authorities when visiting any of the other islands.
Immigration, Visas & Customs
The same immigration procedures as for Portugal apply. No visas required for up to a 90 day stay for nationals of the EU, Australia and New Zealand and a 60 day stay for citizens of the USA, Canada, and many others.
Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival.
PETS: The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is in operation in Madeira. This requires all pets to have a "Pet Passport" and all pets must have been microchipped, have a current Health Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate. Animals are not permitted ashore until they have been cleared.
Health & Security
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Desertas Islands | – needs data |
Savage Islands | – needs data |
Funchal | – port of entry || – harbour |
Calheta | – port of entry || – harbour || – needs data |
Quinta do Lorde | – port of entry || – harbour || – marina || – anchorage |
Ponta do Sol | – harbour || – needs data |
Porto Santo Marina | – port of entry || – harbour || – marina |
Things to do Ashore
See individual islands.
Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.
List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)
- Madeira at the Wikipedia
References & Publications
- Anne Hammick: RCC Pilotage Foundation, Atlantic Islands: Azores, Madeira Group, Canary Islands and Cape Verdes, Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson: 5th Edition (2011), ISBN 9781846233364
- Anne Hammick and Gavin McLaren: RCC Pilotage Foundation, Atlantic Crossing Guide, Adlard Coles; Sixth Edition edition (October 1, 2010), ISBN 9781408113806
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Date of member's last visit to Madeira and this page's details validated:
- January 2005 --Istioploos
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