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WorldNorth AtlanticPortugalMadeira
32°49.762'N, 016°39.499'W Chart icon.png
Madeira topographic map-fr.svg
Capital Funchal
Language Portuguese
Currency Euro €
Time zone WET (UTC + 0) , DST: WEST (UTC + 1 summer)
Calling code (+351) 291 XXX XXX

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.

Christopher Columbus was married to the daughter of the governor of Madeira and had a house, in the then capital of Madeira, Porto Santo.

The islands are part of SchengenAgreement and boats from the EU do not have to go through customs.

Funchal, Madeira


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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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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Ports, Anchorages, and Islands

Islands Ports
MadeiraMadeira/wiki/Madeira_Island Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
Porto SantoPorto Santo/wiki/Porto_Santo_Island Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Desertas Islands Desertas Islands /wiki/Desertas_Islands Needs data icon – needs data |
Savage Islands Savage Islands /wiki/Savage_Islands Needs data icon – needs data |
Funchal Funchal /wiki/Funchal Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
Calheta Calheta /wiki/Calheta Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
Quinta do Lorde Quinta do Lorde /wiki/Quinta_do_Lorde Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Ponta do SolPonta do Sol/wiki/Ponta_do_Sol_Madeira Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Porto Santo Marina Porto Santo Marina /wiki/Porto_Santo_Marina Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
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