Holidays in Funchal are about more than sweet wine and cake. It's a five-century-old capital and completely unique. You've got the rocky mountains. Sparkling seas. Stunning floral displays. These are the hallmarks of Funchal, the glittering capital city of Madeira.
Home to a third of Madeira's population, it's a city designed for cultural holidays. Whether you're browsing art galleries or wandering through the botanical gardens, you're certain to get a taste for summer holidays to Funchal.
When it comes to holidays in Funchal, it's easy to explore on foot, so you'll have no trouble getting round the sights. There are historic buildings, including a 15th century cathedral and 18th century town hall. Slightly more up to date, the shopping centres and markets offer the opportunity to spend, spend, spend. If you prefer the sound of the sea to a ringing till, head west to Praia Formose. It's home to Funchal's only beach, which is made of large cobbles and black sand.
But it's not all about sightseeing. There are plenty of places to kick back and relax. If it's a meal you're after, you've come to the right place. Funchal is a natural harbour, so the marina is sprinkled with plenty of seafood restaurants. Here you can sample the fresh catches of the day.
As the day fades and night begins, there's a sprinkling of clubs for the night owls, but it's mostly cafes and bars. They're the ideal place for a drink and a bite to eat in Funchal.
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Written on 01/07/2010, Anonymous said...
Blue will come to mind when I remember Madeira....blue sky and ocean blue hydrangeas and agapanthus on the ground and jacaranda trees above.The hotel staff were very efficient and friendly. The food was good and plentiful. I loved the catamaran trip... more on this review
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