Owning your own villa in madeira

Answers to some of the more frequently-asked questions, to help you along the way.

What is the cost of living in Madeira?

The overall cost of living in Madeira is significantly less than the UK, or for that matter other parts of Europe, for example, water bills are the lowest in Europe.

Do I need to speak Portuguese for daily living?

It's certainly not required, as English is very widely spoken.

What is the weather like in Winter?

We don’t have a winter, like northern Europe. Most of the time it is very pleasant indeed, with just a long-sleeve top needed at night time.

What is the crime situation, is Madeira safe?

We have virtually no crime, it is very safe to walk around at any time of day or night.

What is the healthcare situation like?

Madeira has 3 hospitals and many private clinics. The service is of a very high standard, and Madeira has the 5th best ratio of Doctors to patients in Europe.

What is the daily cost of a Gardener or Maid?

Wages in Madeira are not high, so to have a maid here is quite common, at a typical cost of around €35 per day.

What is the shopping like for groceries and clothes, and are there many shopping centres?

There are 3 major shopping centres in Funchal and many of the major brands are present. Madeira also has modern supermarkets and a thriving local economy.

How about nightlife, restaurants and nightclubs?

Madeira boasts an astonishing 1000 plus restaurants, and in the capital, Funchal, or in the  countryside, there is always some live music. There are only a few nightclubs in Madeira, mostly in Funchal.

Is there an expat community?

There is an expat community, however, the Brits tend to stick together or make local friends with ease.