The Island's Capital City
The picturesque city of Funchal is set perfectly on the sunny south coast of Madeira, its backdrop a protective ring of green mountains — a huge natural amphitheatre that faces the balmy blue Atlantic Ocean.
Summer is never too hot and winter is pleasantly mild, making Funchal a true 'year-round' destination and the ideal stage for some of the most exclusive and world-renowned Events, namely the spectacular New Year's Fireworks and the wonderful Flower Festival.
The 'Old' centre, with its port and promenade, quaint and narrow winding streets, shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, is ideal for idle wandering; one could spend a whole holiday here and not get bored, or hungry! Points of interest include the Cathedral, Theatre, Town Hall and waterfront. The Madeira Story Centre is well-worth a visit, whilst the cable-car just opposite provides a panoramic ride to Monte, in the cool mountains.
Heading west out of town along Avenida do Infante, past the Casino and on to Estrada Monumental will take you to the famous Lido suburb. This is where you will find most hotels and the lovely promenade that starts at the salt-water pools and winds along the cliffs for a mile or more to Praia Formosa, a long pebble beach with a spectacular view of Cabo Girão, Europe's highest cliff.
So stay in Funchal, see the sights and use its central location as the ideal jumping off point for touring the island. Don’t forget that you can book an airport transfer to pick you up when you arrive and take you to your hotel and also to take you back to the airport when it’s time to leave.
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