Owning your own villa in madeira
Answers to some of the more frequently-asked questions, to help you along the way.
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.
It's certainly not required, as English is very widely spoken.
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.
We have virtually no crime, it is very safe to walk around at any time of day or night.
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.
Wages in Madeira are not high, so to have a maid here is quite common, at a typical cost of around €35 per day.
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.
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.
There is an expat community, however, the Brits tend to stick together or make local friends with ease.