Madeira Island is one of Europe’s most beautiful travel locations, with many thousands of tourists returning year after year. It offers not only an all year round summer climate as well as wonderful fauna and flora. It is also virtually crime-free.
Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago situated in the north Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal. Its total population was estimated in 2011 at 267,785. The capital of Madeira is Funchal, which is located on the main island’s south coast.
Because of their privileged geographical position and mountainous relief, have a surprisingly mild climate. Very mild average temperatures, 22ºC in the summer and 16ºC in the winter, and a moderate level of humidity confer upon these islands exceptional subtropical features. The seawater temperature is also very mild, because of the influence of the warm Gulf current. Presenting averages of 22ºC in the summer and 18ºC in the winter.
One can reach the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo by air or sea. There are two airports: Madeira International Airport – in Madeira, and Porto Santo Airport, on the island of Porto Santo. Because the ports of Funchal and Porto Santo are often visited by cruising ships. They serve as gateways to the islands, as well as departure points to other destinations. Connections between the islands are either by air or ferryboats, which also transport cars. Surface transport on the islands is trouble-free thanks to the modern road structure, which has been significantly improved in recent years. Practically all points of these islands are served by a good road and transport network.
The welcoming populace, wonderful climate and diverse and delicious food makes Madeira a holidaymaker’s delight.
Tourists come mostly by plane from Germany, Scandinavia, France, Northern Europe and the UK to find some winter sun, peace and quiet. The summer months see a greater demand from the countries of southern Europe, where people come to escape the searing heat and tourist influx in their home towns.
Living in Madeira
Couples and families of all ages come to Madeira to fulfil their dream of purchasing the ideal house on this luscious green island, where life moves along at a pace far more suitable to a stress-free and healthier lifestyle. One thing you’ll notice right away is that, due to its mild winters, you won’t have to sleep under a pile of blankets and duvets. And it’s ok to leave your umbrella at home most of the times.
The cost of living in Madeira is considerably lower than in the rest of Europe, but it obviously depends much on your lifestyle. Most goods are cheaper than in other EU countries, including the price of real estate, rent, food, drinks and entertainment. In fact, most foreigners from Western Europe who live in Madeira consider that the cost of living is 50% lower than that of their homeland.
Sometimes you just need a hideaway
A place to escape the everyday
Choosing the right location and making a smart financial decision for your holiday home destination can be a daunting decision. With this in mind, an increasing number of wealthy British consider Madeira to be the perfect retreat that strikes the balance of pleasure and wise investment.
The Portuguese Island offers a subtropical climate, dramatic beauty and a softer vibe than the nearby Canary Islands, which tend to be the favourite destination for British seeking cheap winter sun.
Madeira has seen an increase in demand from wealthy buyers, who are primarily attracted to the climate, safety and quality of life but also the tax benefits. International buyers of property in Madeira are mainly from the UK, Northern Europe, France, Germany, Scandinavia and Ireland.
In 2009 the Portuguese government introduced tax incentives for part-time residents (the Non-Habitual Resident Scheme, or NHR), and this also applies to Madeira, as does the Portuguese property purchase process and the Golden Visa programme that offers non EU investors a residency permit giving them and their family access to travel within the Schengen area when they purchase a property of €500,000 (£445,000) or more.
Exclusive Homes Madeira is the portal to a wide range of the finest Madeiran properties. We market many properties that would be considered wise investments for British seeking an escape from the everyday on the beautiful Island of Madeira.