About Madeira Island

Madeira, a region of Portugal situated in the Atlantic Ocean at 32 degrees North Latitude, is approximately 250 miles west of Casablanca, Morocco.

The island represents the peak of a massive mountain rising from the ocean floor, resulting in a rugged, mountainous terrain. The steepness of the mountain causes the ocean to reach a depth of 2000 meters (6500 feet) just a short distance from the shore. Fishing lines can be cast as the boat departs from the harbor.

The capital, Funchal, is a delightful town boasting numerous shops, restaurants, and a variety of captivating attractions. Madeira features two excellent golf courses, world-famous Botanical Gardens, and breathtaking hiking trails (both for the views and the challenging terrain, if you're not in top physical condition). In short, there are plenty of activities to enjoy aside from fishing in Madeira.

Be sure to savor the local wine, as Madeira wine is renowned and the bottles typically available at home don't compare to the authentic variety. Additionally, don't miss the chance to sample Poncha, a local drink that's worth a try—just a small sip, please.

If you want to do beaches, there are wonderful beaches on the next island about 2 hours by ferry boat. It makes a great day trip in good weather.

Sea conditions are mostly calm as the N.E. Trades blow during the Summer making a lee on the south side of the island. Funchal is in that lee with the fishing grounds close by.

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