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Funchal Overview


Activity-packed holidays: Funchal is the capital of Madeira, the small Portuguese island which lies to the east of the Moroccan coastline. As such, there’s a lot to take your interest on Funchal holidays, particularly if you like cultural pursuits such as visiting museums, gardens and churches. Funchal is a truly beautiful city, consisting of narrow cobbled streets and white washed houses grouped around the lush green coastline.

Idyllic holidays: Slightly inland, you can traverse a cable car to reach the beautiful mountaintop villages of Funchal Old Town and Monte. The regal style of Monte brings to mind a bygone fairytale era, with its stately palace and radiant botanical garden.

Coastline holidays: Funchal holidays 2017 have a stunning collection of sites for sunbathing. If you’d prefer just a simple (but charming) golden sandy beach on your Funchal holidays, then Praia Formosa will be perfect. But there are also impressive lidos and pools, especially the Doca do Cavacas. It’s an incredible collection of natural rock pools and volcanic springs.

Attractions in Funchal


Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre: Still a fully functioning theatre, the Baltazar Dias has become a majestic attraction on Funchal holidays. That’s largely because of its elaborately decorated interior, which is clearly inspired by all the opulence of ancient Greece and Rome.

Colegio Church: This grand, rustically themed Jesuit church stands in a prominent position aside an attractive square which has a fountain as its centrepiece. Its white washed exterior with accompanying black wooden beams and elegant statues all accord well with the sophisticated Mediterranean styling of Funchal holidays. However, the interior is even more lavish, with gilded patterns and colourful paintings covering almost every inch inside.

Cathedral of Funchal: One of the most popular tourist attractions on Funchal holidays, this grand cathedral dates back to 1514, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings in Madeira. Also with an elegant whitewashed exterior and orange brick facade, the interior is a resplendent combination of golden arches and statues.

Activities in Funchal


Botanical gardens: On Funchal holidays it’s likely you’ll see a large number of verdant botanical gardens which make for soothing, relaxing walks. These lush landscapes include the Jardins do Palheiro (formed from hundreds of plants from all over the world), the Madeira Gardens (mountainous gardens with fantastic views), the Monte Municpal Garden and the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens both within Monte, an achingly pretty hilltop village, a few kilometres inland from Funchal.

Christopher Columbus Museum: The founder of this charming little museum, Vinhos Barbeito, collected thousands of books, coins and maps all focused on the subject of Christopher Columbus. It makes for a fascinating visit on your Funchal holidays, and certainly offers the opportunity to learn a whole lot more about the famous explorer.

Palheiro Golf Course: Just 10km east from Funchal holidays, this beautiful golf course was developed in 1993. The wide, open fairways lined with oak trees and winding birches add an extra level of challenge to your game. Palheiro is also 500m above sea level, meaning you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, seemingly encircling each hole. Being in such an outstanding location, it’s not surprising that the golf course has been recommended in Golf World’s Top 100 European Courses.

Beaches in Funchal


Praia Formosa: Around ten minutes from Funchal holidays, this particular stretch has three volcanic black beaches as well as a section of pebbled coastline. The pebbles may be a little more uncomfortable on your feet, but the lack of sand also makes things a lot less messy! Plus, during the summer holidays there’s a good selection of water sports out to sea.

Doca do Cavacas: More a stunning natural attraction than a beach, the Doca do Cavacas is a collection of natural rock pools encircled by the sea. It makes for an incredibly pleasant day’s bathing, especially as you can look out on the seemingly endless Atlantic waters surrounding you. There’s also a small concrete landing for sunbathing on your Funchal holidays too.

Ponta Gorda: Funchal holidays seem to specialise in open-air swimming pools as there are several all close to the city centre. Ponta Gorda is one the latest (and best) examples of these lidos as it has two swimming pools as well as a barricaded section of the sea for safe bathing during your holidays in Funchal.

Restaurants in Funchal


At the Piano: The opulent surroundings of the restaurant At the Piano are certainly a fine fit with the glamour of the food. As you sit at pristine white tables with plush ornate chairs you’ll be served inventive delights such as king prawns with sweet potato and rack of lamb with rich gravy jus. Also, on certain days during the week you’ll be treated to the twinkling sounds of a pianist playing the grand piano. In fact, it’s such a luxurious experience eating here, you should even visit At the Piano if you’re on all inclusive holidays in Funchal,

Restaurante Do Forte: Another great restaurant on Funchal holidays where presentation is always considered important. The meals here include delicious dishes like king prawns with risotto, seared cod and decadent chocolate pudding. The terrace outside also boasts beautiful views of the sea.

Taj Mahal: If you’re craving a curry during your holidays in Funchal, you won’t go far wrong with this top class Indian restaurant. Perfectly cooked with fresh local ingredients, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of classic flavours including chicken jalfrezi, onion bhaji and garlic naan.

Nightlife in Funchal


Variety of bars: Funchal holidays aren’t famed for their lively nightlife, but there is actually a surprisingly good range of nightspots based around the city. There’s a strong focus on live music and entertainment at places such as Bar FX and Awards Bar. The many lidos dotted around the coastline of Funchal also offer nightly entertainment, so for a small fee you can watch live dancing, singing or even magic shows. Joe’s Bar and Beerhouse offer unfussy places to enjoy a cocktail or lager, whilst the more style-orientated might prefer classy establishments such as Cafe de Teatro and Vespas Club. And finally, there’s Funchal Casino where you can have a flutter or just relblishments such as Cafe de Teatro and Vespas Club. And finally, there’s Funchal Casino where you can have a flutter or just reax in the glamorous surroundings with an ice cold drink during your holidays.

Shopping in Funchal


Mercado dos Lavradores: Housed within a grand modernist building created in 1941, this vibrant fruit and vegetable market is a real delight for the senses. You’ll also be able to pick up some cheap local produce, like small Madeiran mangos and bananas.

Anadia Shopping Mall: If you prefer your shopping a little more modern, with international branded shops and famous labels, you’d be best off heading to Anadia. This huge shopping centre boasts a large food court with favourites like MacDonald’s and KFC, as well as European shops such as Mango and Zara. It’s also something of an entertainment centre for those on family holidays in Funchal as there’s a cinema and bowling alleys too.

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