• Electricity, Time & 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 that can be bought at home or here in an appliance store.

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'. In this time convention, the day is divided into 24 hours (from midnight to midnight) instead of two periods of 12 hours (am & pm).

Madeira maintains Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT) and UTC+1 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.

Madeira Islands drinking tap water comes from underground springs in the mountains and always has a constant supply due to the high mountains where there’s enough rain throughout the year. Even though at sea level it rarely rains and its always summer all year round.
Unlike its nearest neighbours, the Canary Islands, which have a permanent water shortage and most drinking water is desalinated sea water, Madeira has one of the best quality drinking waters in Europe.
For water purists who only drink bottled water, and as chlorine is added to Madeira drinking water we recommend a reserve osmosis water filtration system that has a mineral cartridge to add a balance PH and minerals to the filtered water.

Many Madeira residents, as throughout the world, only drink bottled water and the above filtration system it’s a great way of having the purest water coming out your own tap for drinking, cooking, tea, coffee, ice cubes, etc.

One of the biggest advantages of a water filtration system is no more carrying plastic bottles and a big cost saving.


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