The Madeira Archipelago is an Autonomous Region of Portugal, that belongs to the biogeographic region of Macaronesia, located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 Km southwest of the Iberian Peninsula and 630 Km of north-western Africa. This region includes two main inhabited islands, Madeira Island (742 Km2, 1861 m of altitude) and Porto Santo (43 Km2, 517 m of altitude); and the non-inhabited islands, Desertas Islands (consisting of three islets – 14.21 Km2) and Selvagens (also with three small islets – 2.73 Km2). Madeira Archipelago has a volcanic origin and holds a rich biodiversity with several indigenous and endemic species. Further, the Madeira island present a unique agricultural system formed by levels set in the mountains, which includes agrosystems in terraces irrigated by water canals (locally known as ‘levadas’) and a high number of crops and their genetic resources.
Jesuits College is, by its historical importance, one of the most emblematic buildings of the city of Funchal. Founded by decree by King D. Sebastião, on the 20th of August 1569, the Jesuits College of Funchal marked the life of the whole island of Madeira over the centuries. For over 400 years it had several tenants, from the Jesuits who built the historical set to spread Christian faith, to the English invaders, the military who settled here for over a century, to the present day as Madeira University’s headquarters.
Rua João de Deus 24 – 9050-027 Funchal – Portugal
Rua do Castanheiro 31 – 9000-081 Funchal – Portugal
Language: The official language is Portuguese. English is usually spoken in touristic areas.
Currency: Local currency is Euro (€).
Time zone: Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Madeira, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour to Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1). After the Summer months the time is shifted back by 1 hour to Madeira Time (GMT).
Voltage/Electrical system in Portugal: The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type F.
Madeira Airport: https://www.aeroportomadeira.pt/
Airport Transportation: Airport Transportation: Taxi, Uber and SAM aerobus (20-25 min to city centre).
Covid19: For more information about Covid19 preventive measures and travel requisites, please visit https://madeirasafetodiscover.com/