Electricity, Time and Water

The local current is 220 AC and the connection has a two-pin plug.

Travellers from the USA will require a voltage converter.

Travellers from the UK will require a plug adapter and this is best bought from home as they are hard to find in Madeira.


Tap water is safe to drink and it is of good quality. In Porto Santo the water is desalinated and can be consumed without question.

The islands of the Madeiran archipelago operate on the 24-hour clock, which can be quite confusing for those who are accustomed to 'am' & 'pm'.

Madeira maintains Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC) as summer time.

Clocks are always put forward one hour on the last Sunday of March and back one hour on the last Sunday of October according to the rules of the European Union.

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