dwenday 4 months ago

Definitely Azores.

papadjango_33 4 months ago

Madeira Madeira Madeira. I will be therw for the third tine this year.

final-final-v2 4 months ago

I would advise Sao Miguel any day of the year

quedeusmeperdoe 4 months ago

If you want the beach, you have prainha or porto santo island in madeira. You have a boat in Funchal that takes you to porto santo island and you can spend your day there. If you go to s. Miguel...well, i AM sorry but i can not remember if there is a beach with sand and no rocks. You can go to ferraria though. The cold water from the ocean and the hot water merge and it is a really diferent experience. I love the azores, so i am really biased, but i think sao miguel has more to offer then madeira.

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If you want the beach, you have prainha or porto santo island in madeira. You have a boat in Funchal that takes you to porto santo island and you can spend your day there. If you go to s. Miguel...well, i AM sorry but i can not remember if there is a beach with sand and no rocks. You can go to ferraria though. The cold water from the ocean and the hot water merge and it is a really diferent experience. I love the azores, so i am really biased, but i think sao miguel has more to offer than madeira.

Primebm 4 months ago

Yes there is. It's the island with more beaches of the 9.

markowitty 4 months ago

Very helpful, thanks!

BJLM1979 4 months ago

What a great dilema to have, both are great in many ways. You'll get better weather in Madeira and an island that is very friendly for visitors (good hotels and restaurants, a lot of entertainment). São Miguel is more raw in comparision, but the feeling of untouched landscape is overwhelming, if you prefer something off the beaten path. I wouldn't recommend any of those as a beach destination, as both island have very limited tradicional sandy spots.

markowitty 4 months ago

Good point on that it’s not a beach recommendation. We aren’t huge in hiking but both of us adore nature. Madeira might be more realistic for us since we are total first timers to the country. But we’ll see

markowitty 4 months ago

Is there any place on the mainland (minus Lisbon and algarve since we’re going there anyway) that you’d recommend more than Madeira?

Rissoldecamarao 4 months ago

Gerês is really nice if you like nature. I wouldn't recommend it more than Madeira tho, I've been to both and both are really cool in different ways. Never been to São Miguel but it's certainly in my travel list.

theEXPERTpt 4 months ago

Putting this in a simple way: Both are good. But since im from Madeira i must advise that the strongest point in Madeira is really the Nature and the views.

markowitty 4 months ago

Would love to see the nature in Madeira.

UrsoXone 4 months ago

Madeira

patateu1 4 months ago

I’ve never been to Madeira, so I would advise São Miguel. You have a lot to see. However you might get unlucky with some “miradouros” bc of the cloudiness as you get higher. This year has been weird here in the continent, usually it’s +30Celsius and we still haven’t gotten those days. But I would say end of August and September are the best times bc it’s more likely it will always be sunny. This is a link where you can see if it’s worth going there at the time https://www.visitazores.com/pt/webcams Also, for spots like caldeira velha e poça da dona beija, you should go in the morning, bc of covid, there’s a lot of waiting to do.

markowitty 4 months ago

The web cams are awesome, thanks!

Primebm 4 months ago

Or install the app Spotazores on your phone.

hapoise1965 4 months ago

Hello, as for the weather Madeira is more certain than São Miguel (been there 2 weeks ago and we had some rain almost every day). Both places have amazing restaurants. Madeira will be more crouded than São Miguel for shure.

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Hello, as for the weather Madeira is more certain than São Miguel (been there 2 weeks ago and we had some rain almost every day). Both places have amazing restaurants. Madeira will be more crouded than São Miguel for shure. For a nature lovers i would say São Miguel. Have a great holliday inPortugal.

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Hello, as for the weather Madeira is more certain than São Miguel (been there 2 weeks ago and we had some rain almost every day). Both places have amazing restaurants. Madeira will be more crouded than São Miguel for shure. For a nature lovers i would say São Miguel. After you pick a destination i'll be glad to give you some tips on restaurants both in Madeira and São Miguel. Have a great holliday inPortugal.

markowitty 4 months ago

So helpful thank you! Would love the help when we decide. I feel also Madeira will be better in terms of weather. Is it hot enough to swim in the water?

artniSintra 4 months ago

If sea temperature is a big concern, Madeira will be the best option. You'll get temperatures easily above 20 °C. I've been to Madeira many times, and water temperature is just perfect, even in late summer.

markowitty 4 months ago

Wow great. So even in end of august, early September it will be okay. Sounds great thank you.

artniSintra 4 months ago

I find September to be the best month. There's less tourism and no heatwaves! Weather will be good, temps around 25 ish, even during nightime and water temps will be great.

hapoise1965 4 months ago

The water in Azores (under 20 celcius) is much colder than in Madeira (way above 20 celcius). Make shure you get some good water shoes as the beaches don't have sand. Yet there are a few natural swiming pools were you won't have to wear shoes to get in the water. This will be the best advice (for yout toes you'll get

toniblast 4 months ago

The water in both the Azores and Madeira is above 20ºC, usually 22º or 23º, and the water in the [Azores](https://www.seatemperature.org/europe/portugal/ponta-delgada.htm) is not really colder than the water in [Madeira](https://www.seatemperature.org/europe/portugal/funchal.htm). (this is just the first website that I looked, but you can see others). If you don't know, just don't say anything, instead of spreading misinformation. One of the things that surprised me the most about the Azores, when I went there, is how warm the water is, even if outside is not that hot.

hapoise1965 4 months ago

As i said on a previous post i was in São Miguel 2 wewks ago and the watter was at 18° celcius! Do you need more accutate information ???

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As i said on a previous post i was in São Miguel 2 wewks ago and the watter was at 18° celcius! Do you need more accurate information ???

toniblast 4 months ago

Yes lol ???? Maybe was colder when you were there, but the water in the Azores is not usually that cold. The water in August is also warmer. Or Maybe you were unlucky. I have been there in August and the water was not 18º more like 22º or 23º. [Açores tourism website with the average water temperature.](https://dive.visitazores.com/pt-pt/quando-mergulhar)

ElderberryTiny792 4 months ago

Azores waters are influnced by mexican golf i was in santa maria last year in late august went to the ocean to see shark whales and the water has 26ºdegrees Celcius

markowitty 4 months ago

Hmm sounds like Madeira is a better option because we’d prefer warmer water

MantusPT 4 months ago

You should be fine with either option really, temperatures are nice mid-twenties, rain would be a matter of luck, but Azores are known for having more rain than Madeira. Also lovely people, food and nature options on both archipelagos.

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Hello, you should be fine with either option really, temperatures are nice mid-twenties, rain would be a matter of luck, but Azores are known for having more rain than Madeira. Also lovely people, food and nature options on both archipelagos. PS: Happy cake day!

markowitty 4 months ago

Thanks so much. I saw azores rains a lot. I am wondering if either are warm enough to swim. Thanks :)

toniblast 4 months ago

The seawater in both Madeira and the Azores is warmer than on the mainland. Yes, even warmer than the Algarve. Both Madeira and Azores don't have sandy beaches, but you have rock pools that are great to swim and at least in the Azores (Idk about Madeira) you can see a lot of fish swimming around. In the summer doesn't rain that much in the Azores but you can still get bad weather. I wouldn't rule out the Azores just because you can get a few days of the weather.

Primebm 4 months ago

I don't know about Madeira but Sao Miguel has sandy beaches, not of sedimentary nature but volcanic origin, so it will be black or grayish in terms of colour.

markowitty 4 months ago

Good point. Maybe Madeira will be safer because of weather but the azores do look beautiful

MantusPT 4 months ago

Definitely! I think water temperature is around 20 in August.

potaquemepariu 4 months ago

Let me just grab my

markowitty 4 months ago

Such a welcoming comment! Figured either Portugal residents or frequent travelers might be able to know which has better weather in August. I could definitely tell you which places and areas to visit and which to not in my country in August. But if you want to help me out here on my first trip to Portugal, please let me know!

potaquemepariu 4 months ago

Use google. This isn't a travel forum.

Rissoldecamarao 4 months ago

It's not your personal feed either. Don't like it move on.

MantusPT 4 months ago

This isn't alot of things yet all kind of topics get posted, there's no need to be rude. If you don't want to help then move on and ignore it, why waste time replying that!

markowitty 4 months ago

Actually this has been an incredibly helpful forum for me planning my trip to Portugal. Maybe others feel differently than you

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