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Trips to Funchal
The houses built on the side of the hill, its beautiful bay and the mountainous landscape in the background, make Funchal one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. This coastal city is the capital of the island of Madeira and combines a modern resort with hundreds of years of history. Go surfing, visit ancient buildings, and cruise the ocean to see whales and dolphins.
The city takes its name from the yellow and luminous fennel, or “funcho” in Portuguese, that grew in the area when the Portuguese settled there in the early XNUMXth century.
Funchal's natural beauty is not limited to the surrounding coast and mountains. It descends to Jardins de Palheiro, French gardens full of roses that will occupy you for several hours. Stroll through the miniature jungle of the Jardim Orquidea, which contains several species of orchids. Enjoy thousands of flowers in the botanical gardens of Madeira.
Visit the historic buildings of the old town. Admire the stained glass windows, Baroque altars and XNUMXth-century Gothic arches of the Sé cathedral. Stroll through the cobbled streets and demarcated by ancient buildings, which in some cases date back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Visit the Municipal Museum and its exhibits on natural history. See the collection of Turkish and North African decorative mosaics from the Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas.
Take the cable car up to Monte, a small town located 550 meters above sea level. To return to Funchal, you can practice the "car descent". These carts are like large wicker baskets on wheels and the drivers push and guide them through the streets.
Walk the boardwalk, from the city center to Praia Formosa, and enjoy the different beaches. Venture out to sea to see dolphins and whales, or enjoy a cruise along the coast.
Funchal is the capital of Madeira and is very well connected. Madeira International Airport is 21 kilometers away. Thanks to a mild subtropical climate and its beaches, gardens and historical sites, Funchal can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Plan your trip to Funchal in advance to find interesting offers.
Where to sleep in Funchal
Give yourself a dream vacation and make your hotel reservation at Belmond Reid's Palace, located at Estrada Monumental 139, or at Hotel Royal Savoy, located at Rua Carvalho Araujo. And they boast of being the most prestigious hotels on the island! If you are looking for cheaper options, visit Residencial Monte Verde or A Casa do Caseiro, as they also allow you to enjoy first-class services and amenities at affordable prices.