Funchal is the largest city, the municipal seat and the capital of Portugal’s Autonomous Region of Madeira. The city has a population of about 112k making it the 6th largest city in Portugal, and has been the capital of Madeira for more than five centuries. Funchal is one of Portugal’s main tourist attractions. It is also popular as a destination for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
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The Madeira archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal, the oﬃcial language is Portuguese and the local currency € (Euro). Located 310 miles from the African coast and 620 miles from the European continent, Madeira is Europe’s most traditional holiday island destination.
The populations is approximately 260k inhabitants, with a population density of 440 inhabitants per km2.
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There are two airports: Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo – on Madeira, and Aeroporto do Porto Santo, on the island of Porto Santo. 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.
Visitors coming from the European Union, members of the Shengen Treaty, are granted unrestricted entry. Visitors from member states that are not signatories to this treaty need an identiﬁcation document. International visitors should have a valid passport, and in some cases, a visa to visit Portugal might be requested. There is no need for any kind of vaccination.
Several airline companies operate at the Madeira International Airport. Both the Portuguese ﬂagship company (TAP – Air Portugal) and several private companies (EasyJet and Sata) provide about 16 daily ﬂights between Madeira, Lisbon and Oporto. Weekly direct ﬂights are available to and from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Helsinki and several other destinations in Europe.
Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo
Aeroporto do Porto Santo