Madeira Island is 310 miles from the African coast and 620 miles from the European continent, which is the equivalent of a 90 minute flight from Lisbon. The Madeira Archipelago, discovered by the Portuguese in 1418, is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas.
Why get married in Madeira?
Fresh sea food, amazing organic meat, a lot of tropical fruits, and Madeira wine will all enhance the taste of the wedding you’re wishing for. You can find “bolo do caco” before you start the meal. “Bolo do caco” is a simple wheat flour bread, with garlic butter and parsley. If you are a meat lover, you should try the famous beef kebabs served on a bay leaf stick. Other regional specialties are chicken, and many grilled meat courses. “Picado” is also an excellent choice. It consists of small pieces of beef fried with garlic in a pan. However, Madeira and Porto Santo Islands also have outstanding fish dishes, such as the well-known black scabbard fish, black scabbard fish with fried banana, tuna fish, codfish, and squid. Codfish is also an amazing regional specialty; it can be prepared in many different ways, depending on your taste. For dessert, try the various delicious puddings, such as passion fruit pudding, velvet pudding, mango pudding and also the amazing fresh fruit.
All year around the weather is, what can we say? Great! These islands, because of their privileged geographical position and mountainous relief, have a surprisingly mild climate. It’s not only a great place for a destination wedding, but also for a honeymoon. With very mild average temperatures, which range between 17ºC in the winter and 25ºC in the summer, and a moderate level of humidity, confer upon these islands exceptional subtropical features. The ocean 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.
Porto Santo Island is a golden isle, surrounded by turquoise water and a beautiful sandy beach. Its tranquil waters make Porto Santo a sandy paradise. The beauty of the landscape enchants everyone that walks or rides a bike along the island trails.
The luxuriant green island of Madeira is an expression of exotic colors, with cascading waterfalls everywhere. Much of the island still possesses the same untouched beauty that it was always known for. Exotic flowers and luscious fruits grow so abundantly that sometimes you can reach out and pick them fresh off the tree.
You can swim in the warm, crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the coast, in the island’s larger towns, such as Funchal, the island’s capital, you can pick and choose among many five-star hotels and countless fine restaurants. The streets of the towns are lined with trendy shops wedged side by side with the shops of local artisans. At night, discos and dance clubs flash their neon signs and music in Funchal’s main street.
And, just a few minutes away by car, you’ll find colorful fishing villages hanging on the cliffs overlooking the sea, creating very romantic and enchanted spots.
In Madeira, there are a lot of great venues for a wedding that can make your dream day, or the renewal of your vows, come true. You can choose a five star hotel, a palm tree garden, a rustic country house to celebrate, and party with your friends, golf club, a yacht club, a ship, and many other amazing venues.
The Madeira Flower Festival is a perfect description of this enchanted island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The abundance of local flora has greatly contributed to the establishment of this art form. Flower species native to many different parts of the world bloom in Madeira since the island has a unique climate in which species from both tropical and cool regions flourish. For many years, Madeira’s famous flower carpets began to be reproduced on the streets of the island for the Flower Festival, which alongside the floral sculptures, have become a major contribution to the magnificence of the city's adornments. These wonderful art pieces are displayed in the central squares of Avenida Arriaga.
If you wish to tie the knot at the same time the island celebrates this fragrant flower festival, know that this colorful parade that celebrates spring, happens in Funchal, at the beginning of May. This can even be your wedding theme inspiration, because there’s nothing more appropriated than a beautiful bunch of gorgeous flowers at a wedding party.