Sailing area: Madeira
Like a volcanic oasis in the middle of an ocean desert, the island of eternal spring, Madeira will be delighted to welcome you to its coast. A small Portuguese island, this independent region is one of the most beautiful islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Lying about 950 km from Lisbon and 680 km from the African continent, this small piece of land is much more than it appears. In actual fact, it has been a preface to great journeys of discovery around the world. It was here that Christopher Columbus received the navigation maps that helped his explorations! It is also possible for you to rent your boat on the same shores that welcomed the explorer of the New World. "Das Ilhas, as mais belas e livres" (in English 'Of the Islands, the most beautiful and free': the motto of Madeira says a great deal about this magnificent island that is very calm and generous, ideal for recharging your batteries far from the mainland. This archipelago constitutes a land-based ecoregion listed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The evergreen forests of Madeira provide an orchard for the indigenous plant and animal life that is threatened with extinction, with several endemic species such as the Trocaz pigeon. Protected and preserved, this natural setting that is unique of its kind serves as a reminder of a world that has practically disappeared, which the winds will not carry away this time.
The Mediterranean climate of Madeira is temperate, the water and the air offer mild and pleasant temperatures in the summer and winter. The water benefits from the influence of warm currents, which makes swimming pleasant all the year round, especially since the archipelago is located in a subtropical zone and the temperatures are regulated by the ocean breeze. In winter, temperatures never fall below 19 °C and summer temperatures never exceed 26°C on a fine summer afternoon in the shade of a parasol in Funchal, the island's capital. However, at these same periods, there may be major climate differences in the archipelago and the weather can change very quickly: therefore, it is always best to keep yourself informed. This is especially the case at sea with your boat rental. The northern part of the island is often foggy around the peaks because of the effect of the foehn wind: beware of the gusts and the rain that may accompany them! The southern part of the island is dry and sunny, especially in summer. The trade winds, steady winds from the intertropical regions, blow from west to north-east in the summer while the winter winds blow the leaves in the Ribeiro Frio and Funchal nature and ecology parks. From October to March, rainfall is more frequent owing to the cooling of the coast. These strong rains have given the island's inhabitants some great ideas and they have built magnificent winding networks of irrigation channels that cover the entire island. You can enjoy walks along them, such as the Levada das 25 Fontes on the mountainous flanks of Madeira. However, May to September is considered to be the dry season, protected by the anticyclone from the Azores, it is more favourable and more pleasant for boat rentals in this region, even though there can be heavy downpours from time to time. Less exposed to the effects of the relief, the small islands are considered to be semi-arid: the island of Porto Santo, for example, receives about 362 mm of rain every year compared to 2,000 mm on the more exposed coasts of Madeira.
This garden in the Atlantic belonging to the Macronesian islands comprises the island of Madeira, which covers an area of about 727 km² and forms almost the entire land area of this volcanic archipelago, which explains its rocky black hilly and eroded facades. The autonomous municipality also includes the island of Porto Santo and its surrounding islands that cover a total of 43 km² and two other groups of deserted islands, the three Desertas Islands (Deserta Grande, Bugio, Chão) as well as the Selvagens islands (Selvagem Grande, Selvagem Pequena, Fora). Hiking enthusiasts should do not their walking boots so that they can set out along the superb routes to the many breathtaking viewpoints that will make you feel as if you are touching the clouds with your fingertips, via Pico Ruivo, the third highest peak in Portugal and Pico Arieiro. Then, admire the astonishing contrast between the modern town of Funchal and the magnificent picturesque fishing village of Câmara de Lobos that lines the highest cliffs in Europe, Cape Girão. Do not miss a visit to Porto Moniz and its natural pools that make it such a unique site. Rent your boat now with Coolsailing: our agents will advise you about the routes best adapted to your wishes in this magnificent part of Portugal.