Is Madeira safe to visit?

Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is located in the Atlantic Ocean and well known for its namesake wine and a warm, subtropical climate. Perfect for a visit throughout the whole year, also in winter time. Nowadays there is a question that is getting more important when choosing your next holiday destination: "Is it a safe destination to visit?"

Madeira can luckily still be described as a safe place to visit, there are no known terrorist activities/attacks that have taken place on the island any time in the recent past.

The crime rate in Madeira is low in terms of violent crimes as well as for small crimes (this also includes the stealing of wallets and purses). Violence against tourists is very, very unusual. It is also safe for anyone walking about during the evening and at night. But of course visitors should always take the same precautions as they would at home. For example  don't leave bags and camera equipment unattended and be alert when walking around in crowded areas.

In the unlikely case you are the victim of theft, you must go to the police station and get a report if you want to make an insurance claim. If your passport is stolen or lost, you must contact the local consulate to get a replacement issued.

There are not many nuisances in Madeira. Maybe the odd car parked on the pavement or a mosquito that bites you in the height of summer, but nothing that should interfere with the enjoyment of your holiday. The worst that is likely to happen to you is a case of sunburn, returning home with some extra kilo´s (and we do not mean in your luggage, but due to the excellent food) or get a hangover...

Have a lovely time on Madeira!

Monte Palace Gardens Funchal Madeira
Monte Palace Gardens - Photo: GregSnell
Parque de Sta Catarina Funchal Madeira
Parque de Sta Catarina - Photograph: Francisco Correia

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