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Despite mixed weather, a broken camera first day, and a water logged mobile phone the second day, we did manage to enjoy the tropical island of Madeira and its capital city Funchal.

Funchal used to be the haunt of the rich and famous but now its affordable and more reachable for all thanks to the airport runway extension in recent years. There was more to Funchal than we first thought as we got our first glimpses on the way from the airport. The harbour, the colourful market, the old town and squares of Funchal easily need a day or so.

Allow another day to take a cable-car trip to Monte above Funchal. Visit the church and the tropical gardes therre before taking the wicker basket sledge down. Still time to vist the botanical gardens too that day.

Save some time to savour the delights of the old Blandy's wine lodge - I spent a pleasant time there in the old courtyards before sampling its wares in the tasting rooms ;-)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lots to see in town
  • Cons:weather can be unpredictable!
  • In a nutshell:good winter destination
  • Last visit to Funchal: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Vincedem's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2006 at 5:11 AM

    Good page about beautiful Funchal! Greets from Belgium, Vince

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2005 at 10:22 AM

    I'd like to go there soon! Ciao!!!

  • fiveportions's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2005 at 7:48 AM

    Sandysmith - AWESOME Madeira page! Thanks for all the info and beaut pics.

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2005 at 6:29 PM

    The city looks gorgeous with the sea views, unique gardens, lovely structures and colorful markets! Wonderful photos.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2005 at 8:19 PM

    Lovely gardens, lovely views but, a cross between a pineapple and a banana??? Doesn't bear thinking about!

  • Avieira67's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 3:26 PM

    Hello/Olá! And about Azores? Why not to visit these beautiful islands? From Azores.

  • barbskie's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2004 at 3:44 PM

    Beautiful gardens !

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2004 at 12:14 PM

    These gardens are gorgeous...

  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2004 at 10:47 AM

    This is a wonderful and accurate site on Funchal. The best hotels I have found are the traditional Pousadas which are in the central area as well as the countryside. Best wishes nada

  • Maph's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2004 at 2:59 PM

    Great pics


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