The weather in Madeira is completely unpredictable. During the most part of the year, the temperature is ideal and it stays more or less between 15º and 25º. However, the weather can rapidly and suddenly change. The expression “four seasons in one day” is proved in the island, so you’d better be very prepared if you are planning a trip to Madeira. A part from the temperature changes, the island has also some sudden rains, actually it rains quiet a lot, that’s why the vegetation is so beautiful, green and rich. But when the sun appears, it also shines properly.
When to go
Thanks to its weather, any period of the year is a good moment to visit Madeira. In the Summer, its hot but not too much and during the Winter it’s not even cold. Another reason to go there in the Winter is that during December, lots of people are prepearing the New’s Year Eve party, very famous in the island, so it is probably a very interesting moment to visit the region.
Shops in the region open from 9h until 13h and in the afternoon from 15h until 19h, everything a bit earlier than other European countries. The commercial centres have wider opening hours, closing usually at 22h. In the weekends many shops close in the midday and don’t open again until Monday.