Best time to visit Madeira

Windsurfing in Madeira

A perfect spot for experienced windsurfers

Best time: September–February


Madeira is a great place for windsurfers due to warm water temperature that rarely drops below 18 °C and great winds, especially in fall and winter. However, ​Madeira coastline is full of hidden rocks and cliffs so it might be complicated to get in and out for an inexperienced windsurfer.

For the best windsurfing in your life, choose one of numerous Madeira sites such as Porto Santo, Funchal, Machico, Caniço, Achadas da Cruz, Santa Cruz, Caniçal, and Paul do Mar.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Madeira for windsurfing?

Windsurfing in Madeira is best between September and February, offering consistent wind speed and waves. It's advisable to check the weather forecasts, as winds and rain can hinder your experience. Show more

What are the most popular windsurfing spots in Madeira?

Popular spots for windsurfing include Porto Santo, Funchal, Machico, Caniço, Achadas da Cruz, Santa Cruz, Caniçal and Paul do Mar. These spots offer stunning views and varying levels of difficulty challenges to both beginners and experienced surfers alike. Show more

Can beginners go windsurfing in Madeira?

While Madeira mainly attracts experienced windsurfers because of its rocky coastline, beginners can also enjoy windsurfing in certain areas. It's essential to take lessons before going out to sea. Porto Santo and Santa Cruz are recommended for novice windsurfers as they offer easier conditions. Show more

What is the water temperature like in Madeira?

The waters around Madeira often stay at comfortable temperatures above 18°C. Although temperatures can change depending on the season or location, the warmth of the water usually offers a pleasant experience for water sports enthusiasts. Show more

Are there any safety precautions beginners should take before windsurfing in Madeira?

For beginners' safety, it's critical to take lessons, wear a personal flotation device, a wetsuit and a leash, especially while surfing in crowded areas. It is important to enter and leave the water cautiously and keep an eye on changing weather conditions when planning a windsurfing trip to Madiera. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin