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The capital

Madeira's almost five century old capital is said to have been named 'Funchal' because of the abundance of fennel (funcho) that was growing there.

Funchal is located in an absolutely unique area. The almost 'amphitheatre' like formation it rests in begins on the beach and rises almost 1200 metres on gentle slopes. This provides a natural shelter and was what attracted the first settlers.

The best harbour and the best climate, together with the excellent geographical position, allowed Funchal to have a rapid population growth.

Today Funchal is a very modern city with over 120.000 inhabitants. This does however mean that traffic congestion in the centre can become almost unbearable.

The city can easily be explored on foot and no matter where your hotel is located (as long as it is in the Funchal tourist area) you will find no difficulty in walking into the main city to delight at its sights and sounds.

And so many gardens...

There are a wide variety of gardens and parks that are carefully maintained and exhibit a vast array of flowers, plants and trees. In 2000 Madeira received a gold award for Funchal entitled 'European Flowering City 2000'. This prestigious award which is much sought after by many a European city, has deservedly been presented to one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

Welcome to Funchal! Welcome to Madeira!

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  • Pros:Climate! Fun! Festivals! Carnival! Nightlife! Nature! I love Funchal!
  • In a nutshell:Funchal, you can feel nature all around you!
  • Last visit to Funchal: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Margrette's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Very nice page...many interesting tips. Thanks for sharing:) Really would like to get there soon....

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 1:53 AM

    Good page. I'm going there next june. Ciao!

  • Vincedem's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2006 at 5:07 AM

    Nice page with good tips about a very relaxed place... good memories! Greets from Belgium, Vince

  • THLIN's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2004 at 2:27 AM

    Wow What a great place to visit... Nice page

  • benidormone's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2004 at 3:58 PM

    I enjoyed this page very much, intresting and beautiful!!!

  • Arjaree's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2004 at 12:35 AM

    Like many other comments, the shots of your photos also make me want to visit your country. Thanks for sharing :)

  • dvideira's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2004 at 7:28 PM

    Paradise??? :-) It seems that you live closer to it than I do. Belas paginas e fotos fantasticas. Agora sou eu que quero poder conhecer Funchal, Goncalo. Sempre tive curiosidade e suas paginas me fizeram ficar com vontade mesmo. abracos cariocas!

  • cherylll's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2004 at 9:30 AM

    Your pictures of Funchal are beautiful, I've always wanted to go to Portugal, and will someday, and i would be very inclined to, now, make your town my destination...Thanku, Cheryl

  • sylvie-uk's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2004 at 10:56 PM

    Great page with beautiful pictures and very good infos. It really made me want to visit Funchal.

  • pedersdottir's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2004 at 10:38 PM

    Funchal seems like a paradise for gardeners and lovers of handicrafts. Do you know of any organized garden tours there?


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