Many people ask themselves or Google if Madeira is in the EU and the answer is … YES! Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal and therefore part of the European Union (EU) and the currency is the Euro.
The 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.
Madeira has a surface of 459 square miles (or 800 km²). The island is located 310 miles from the north west African coast and 620 miles from the European continent ( a 1 hour and 30 minutes flight from Lisbon)..
Because of their geographical position and mountainous relief, Madeira and Porto Santo have a surprisingly mild climate. Due to the mild average temperatures Madeira is also known as the island of eternal spring, and a visit to the islands is pleasant throughout the whole year. The 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. Even in wintertime it is nice to swim in the ocean (see also https://www.theweatheronmadeira.com).
There are two airports: Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (on Madeira) and Porto Santo Airport (on Porto Santo).
The ports of Funchal and Porto Santo are often visited by cruise ships and serve as gateways to the islands, as well as departure points to other destinations. Connections between the two islands are either by plane or ferryboat, the last one also transport cars. Practically all points of these islands are served by a good road and transport network (thanks to the modern road structure), which has been significantly improved in recent years.
Visitors coming from the European Union (EU) are part of the Schengen Treaty and are granted unrestricted entry. Good news: there is no need for any kind of vaccination!