Pro Tips & Practical Info

What to know before you go



Madeira is an Autonomous Region of Portugal and a part of the European Union.



Madeira uses the Euro, though major credit cards will work and ATMs are widely available. If you’re flying direct to Madeira, currency can be exchanged at airports, banks and hotels.



The official language spoken in the Madeira archipelago is Portuguese, but a majority of the local population is proficient in English, especially in the more tourist-heavy spots.


Internet and WiFi 

Free WiFi is widely available in many public areas, restaurants, bars, shopping centers and hotels, but you should contact your mobile provider ahead of your trip and find out about international data rates and roaming. The public WiFi ‘’NetMadeira’’ is available in many munincipes of the Region.



Madeira uses electricity at 220-240V, 50Hz with European standard Europlug and Schuko plug sockets. If you plan on using electrical appliances that operate on a different voltage, a transformer is required, while appliances that have different plugs will need an adapter.




What to Pack 

  • Bathing suits 
  • Water shoes 
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses/sun hat
  • Power plug adaptor/voltage converter
  • Camera and/or Camera Phone 
  • Lightweight coat/windbreaker or raincoat
  • Walking shoes/sneakers (sandals or flip-flops for pool or dinners only)
  • Comfortable/athletic wear/shorts
  • Lightweight sack/shoulder bag for walks/hikes


Helpful Apps to Download Before Your Trip



  • Best of Madeira Travel Guide
  • Feeling Madeira
  • Funchal Step by Step
  • Guide on Madeira Islands
  • Madeira Botanical Gardens
  • Madeira Island Activities
  • Madeira Map and Guide
  • Madeira Travel Guide-Tourias
  • Meet Madeira Islands


  • Lobo Marinho Ship


  • Madeira Best Activities Tours


  • Madeira Weather

Civil Protection Service

  • PROCIV Madeira


 Emergency Contact: Dial 112

The Portugal Getaways Customer Care team is available 7 days a week to answer your concerns by phone, email or chat.

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