Focus on Funchal – Capital of Madeira

Magical Madeira is one of the fewEuropean destinations that can offer the visitor a beach, mountains and a city holiday all wrapped into one.

The capital of Madeira is Funchal and the city lies on the Bay of Funchal and has a long and fascinating history. You can easily spend several days in Funchal and, in fact the city makes a great holiday destination in itself. Many cruise ships stop in Funchal as the fascinating old town with winding cobbled streets has much to offer the visitor.

You can take the cable car from Funchal old town to Monte village and there is an abundance of shops, bars and restuarants as well as some luxury hotels. Funchal has an upmarket feel to it and the palm tree lined Lido area is a popular meeting place. Many of the restaurants in Funchal offer high quaility sea food and you can stroll in the evening along the Lido which leads to the pebbled Praia Formosa beach.Funchal has a proud past and is divided into three historic quarters. Among the many historic treasures in Funchal are the amazing Se Cathedral, the House-Museum Frederico de Freitas and the Santa Maria Maior Mother Church.

Eating out in Funchal

You won’t go hungry in Funchal, especially if you like seafood. Espada is a local speciality as well as tuna and swordfish. You can dine in well established restaurants whilst in Funchal’s old town or in the cosmopolitan area near the marina, although some of the restaurants near the marina can be a little more expensive than elsewhere. You can also join the locals and sample fresh Madeira dishes at reasonable prices in small restaurants tucked away in Funchal’s side streets.

What to do in Funchal

Funchal’s Botanical Gardens are an amazing selction of colour with more than 2,000 plants. You can also take the 14 minute cable car ride from the Botanical Gardens to the mountains and cliff tops with fantstaic views over the Atlantic Ocean.Also, you can take the city’s other cable car route from the old town which rises 560 metres and travels on a 3718 metre-long trip.Madeira is known as the floating garden in the Atlantic and is well known for its walks along pretty paths in the moutains around Funchal.

Sledge riding in Funchal, Madeira is a traditional tourist attraction for tourists but it is not for the faint hearted !If you are wanting a holiday destination with a little bit of everything then a holiday to Madeira might just be the right destination for you.

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