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Useful information about the flight from London Heathrow to Funchal
Funchal, the modern cosmopolitan city, benefits from a wonderful historical and cultural heritage and breathtaking natural landscapes. In addition, a thriving nightlife attracts visitors to the capital of Madeira.
Madeira's climate, events and festivals
The mild subtropical climate in Funchal makes it a great destination all year round. Temperatures range from 15°C in January to 23°C in August, and the peak season is between June and November, when the water temperature rises over 20°C. A variety of events occur in any season, including the Carnival in February, the sugar cane harvest in April-May, and Assumption Day on August 15th, with a procession to "Nossa Senhora do Monte". The Wine Festival, at the end of August, is not to be missed.
Tips and things to know about Madeira
In Madeira, Portuguese is often spoken in dialect. However, English is also widely spoken on the island. The cost of living in Madeira and Funchal is much lower than in London. Visitors can enjoy cheap meals for around €7. For those wishing to stay connected, free Wi-Fi is available in major cities, but also in some towns.
Funchal and Madeira: arrival, accommodation and transportation
After arriving at Santa Catarina Airport, travellers can reach the centre of Funchal by taking the Aerobus. Tickets cost about EUR5 for a single and EUR8 for a return. It's also possible to take a public bus, with single tickets at around EUR3. Taxis are metered, and it's worth noting that a surcharge is applied for luggage, as well as night and weekend journeys. 3-star hotels cost about EUR26 per night, while 4-star hotels start at around EUR62. If taking the bus, 7-day cards cost approx. EUR22. However, many visitors rent a car to visit the island, despite the steep, winding roads and lack of petrol stations.