Weather in Madeira in April

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 16.04.2024

In April, temperatures rise slightly in Madeira, and a cooler breeze comes from the Atlantic. This picturesque Portuguese region is set between the eternal ocean and floriferous with a pulsating lush green colour palette and offers the perfect background for both adventure and relaxation. April sees the start of the rains slowly decreasing, and from around early April, the days are longer and sunnier. Most of the time, the island itself is unbeatable for walking and wandering; its amazing mountains, delightful gardens, and pretty villages are great for short rambles or more ambitious hikes. Whether it's hiking the levadas, sampling local cuisine, or just taking in the serene views at coasts, the weather in April in Madeira is the perfect escape into natural splendour.

Highlights Madeira weather in April

Madeira enjoys a mild subtropical climate in April, making it a great vacation destination for those who want to escape the chill of northern climates. Here are some of the main highlights of the weather in Madeira in April:

  • Moderate temperatures: April in Madeira brings another moderate, mild month of weather as high temperatures will average around 19°C and low temperatures will be near 13°C—great weather for outdoor activity.
  • More sun: Enjoy more sunshine throughout April with around 6 to 8 hours daily of the solar glare perfect for expeditions and sightseeing.
  • Moderate rainfall: By April, the rainfalls are of a lesser measure, and hence, the countryside remains green and in flower, without the inconvenience of almost daily torrential showers.
  • Blossom in spring: April's the time for Madeira's flora to take all the honors, highlighted by the famous island flower festival, showing every flower you can think of.

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Madeira hiking © Shutterstock

Is April a good time to visit Madeira?

April in Madeira is a temperate month when the climate begins to look attractive, if one would like a compromise between nice weather and not too many tourists. The general weather in Madeira in April is nice and cool, which is convenient enough for hiking, escaping to a place of interest or sightseeing, and touring gardens. In short, it is a perfect time not being disturbed by the terrible summer sunshine.

Not that during "April showers" it never rains, but even the rainfall is mostly just brief showers that wouldn't hinder you greatly. The average rainfall for this month can sometimes be a cause for reflection, but it usually leads to the lush and colourful landscapes the island is known for, particularly after the wetter winter months.

April steps into the shoulder season in Madeira. This would be the season where time comes from low to high tourist seasons, whereby it gets benefits from fewer tourists and eventually lower prices for accommodation and flights.

Generally, April is an excellent month for visiting Madeira, since, during this month, the temperatures are very pleasing, there is not so much tourist inconvenience, and the natural beauty with the floral colours in spring is at its apex. 

Editor’s tip: for a bigger picture of the weather, read up on the best time to visit Portugal.

Average temperatures in Madeira in April

With April getting underway, it is usually a sign that spring has arrived with mild and comfortable temperatures. The average maximum temperature in the region should be 19°C (66°F), with the average low not dropping much further than that, staying around 13°C (55°F). This variation in temperatures means the days are comfortably warm—ideal for active activities like hiking or sightseeing around outside—while the nights are cool, setting, of course, a refreshing contrast that assures one of very comfortable evenings or relaxation.

Compared to other months like July and August, when thermometer readings may get up to 25°C (77°F) and more, with nights not cooler than that, April temperatures fluctuate quite a lot. On the other hand, the coolest months of winter, for example, January and February, sometimes put day temperatures down to 16°C (61°F) and at night, when it was even colder, to 11°C (52°F) or even lower.

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Walking route hiking trail Levada das 25 Fontes on Paul da Serra plain / Plateau Paul da Serra on sunny day Madeira island © Shutterstock

Walking route hiking, Madeira Island © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

April in Madeira sees less tourist traffic compared to the bustling high-season months of July and August, making it an attractive time if you want to avoid the crowds. Fewer tourists contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere, allowing for a more personalized experience when visiting popular sites and attractions.

Since April falls in the shoulder season, which is between the low winter months of December through February and the high summer months, you can benefit from more competitive prices for accommodations and services as companies look to attract tourists in early spring.

Thus the pros of an April trip to Madeira are not only the comfortable weather and fewer crowds, but also the lower prices compared to the peak season. This combination makes April the perfect time if you are looking for great deals and a quieter, but still vibrant Madeira experience.

Unforgettable and customizable Portugal itineraries

Are you ready to plan your dream trip to Portugal? The local experts at Rough Guides can help you create a fully customized and unforgettable itinerary tailored to your preferences. Here are three tantalizing travel options you should consider:

  • Madeira and São Miguel - guided island adventures (9 days): Visit Portugal's two autonomous regions: Madeira, the island of eternal spring as it is known, and São Miguel, nicknamed the green island. Guided tours will introduce you to the highlights of both islands, with plenty of time to explore on your own or simply relax.
  • The best of Portugal: Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve (12 days): Portugal offers many attractions, but if you're short on time, this trip is perfect for covering all the highlights: the capital Lisbon, historic Porto, the luxurious Douro Valley and the stunning beaches of the Algarve are all included in this trip.
  • Highlights of Portugal - Cities & Beaches (14 days): You will start this journey in Porto, the Invicta City, and then discover the landscapes of the Douro Valley. Next is Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, a city filled with history and lore. Finally, you will arrive in the Algarve, a place where you will experience the sea, tradition and nature.
Turquoise waters at Machico bay, Madeira © Balate Dorin/Shutterstock

Turquoise waters at Machico bay, Madeira © Balate Dorin/Shutterstock

What to do and see in Madeira in April?

April in Madeira is a time of blooming beauty and mild weather, making it an exceptional month to explore the diverse attractions of this island. From the natural wonders of ancient forests to cultural festivals that capture the senses, there is a wealth of unique experiences awaiting everyone. Here are the top five things to do and see in Madeira during the vibrant month of April:

  • Explore the Laurisilva Forest: The mild weather in Madeira in April is perfect for hiking in Madeira's ancient Laurisilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Appreciate the lush greenery and unique biodiversity that come to life in spring.
  • Visit the Festival of Flowers: Madeira is famous for its Festival of Flowers, which usually starts in April. Experience the vibrant colors and scents of exotic flowers at exhibitions and parades throughout Funchal.
  • Whale and dolphin watching: take advantage of the start of the high season to spot marine life. Boat tours from Funchal offer the opportunity to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.
  • Taste Madeira wine: Visit local vineyards or wineries to taste the unique flavors of Madeira wine. Spring is a great time to learn about the winemaking process and taste different varieties.
  • Walk the Levadas: Madeira's famous irrigation canals, or levadas, offer scenic walks with stunning views of the island's landscapes. The April weather provides ideal conditions for these leisurely strolls.

Madeira offers only a fraction of the unique experiences that Portugal has to offer. For even more ideas for your vacation, see our guide to the best things to do in Portugal.

Festival in Madeira, Portugal

Festival in Madeira, Portugal © Shutterstock

Visit Madeira in different months

A year-round paradise, Madeira offers unique experiences every month to suit a variety of travelers' preferences. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, cultural events or just a relaxing vacation in nature, Madeira's diverse climate and activities ensure that there is always something special to do here.

  • May: Enjoy comfortable temperatures and the start of the season of outdoor activities, including the Madeira Island Ultra Trail.
  • June: Take part in the Atlantic Festival with fireworks and music, which marks the beginning of the summer festivities.
  • July: Enjoy the summer heat, ideal for beach walks and water sports in Madeira's crystal clear waters.
  • August: Experience the peak of summer with lively street festivals, including the popular Madeira Wine Festival.
  • September: Take advantage of warm seas and less crowded attractions as the high season comes to an end.
  • October: Watch the leaves change and enjoy the mild weather, ideal for exploring the island's natural landscapes.
  • November: Enjoy the quieter side of Madeira and the wine harvest festivities, ideal for food lovers.
  • December: Get into the festive spirit with Madeira's famous Christmas lights and New Year's Eve fireworks.
  • January: Experience the tranquility of post-holiday Madeira, ideal for enjoying its natural beauty without the crowds of tourists.
  • February: Take part in the vibrant festivities of the Madeira Carnival, one of the most colorful and lively events on the island.
  • March:  Spring awakens with blooming flowers and ideal temperatures for hiking and outdoor activities.
Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 16.04.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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