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FUNCHAL CITY

Funchal city spreads from the edge of the Atlantic back into the hills above but this is no huge sprawling metropolis, only 126,000 people live there (half the population of Madeira) and it has a relaxed feel as you walk around the streets with their typical Portuguese architecture. The open topped bus tours are recommended.

PAVEMENT CAFES

 

FRUITS FOR ALL SEASONS AT THE FRUIT MARKET!

FRUIT AND FLOWER MARKETS

Madeira is known as the Island of Flowers and it's a great tradition to return home with tropical flowers for family or friends. The Funchal flower markets cater for tourists by boxing the flowers for flights. Madeira also grows an amazing variety of tropical fruits some which you will have never tasted or even heard of. The Funchal markets give you that chance!

THE FLOWER MARKETS

 

REACH FOR THE SKY!

CABLE CAR AND BASKET RIDES

The cable car is a "must do", it runs 10.00 to 16.00hrs everyday of the year apart from Christmas day, from Funchal (along the prom by the gardens in the old town) to Monte some 560 meters above. The full journey (approx 15mins) gives superb views and panoramas over the city and harbour area. You can buy return tickets or for the brave, (or foolhardy!) come down via one of the famous basket slides, enjoy!

FUNCHAL BASKET RIDES, INSURANCE NOT INCLUDED!

 

CARNIVAL DANCERS

CARNIVALS

The Madeira Island people party big style! It's astounding what a small city like Funchal does with carnivals. It seems like every person on the island attends, with a good proportion taking part and the rest lining the streets or hanging from roof tops and other vantage points to view the proceedings. The more the crowds applaud the more the bands and dancers will stop for impromptu performances. The well planned timetable usually last for the first 10 minutes and can overshoot by much longer!! More info and dates

FESTIVAL LIGHTS

 

JUST READY FOR TASTING!

FESTIVALS

They love festivals here and join in by their thousands, the April Flower festival is a dazzling burst of colour and fragrances. The Atlantic Festival runs throughout June and includes the Madeira Music Festival, performances by philharmonic bands in the city centre and the International Fireworks Competition. The September Wine Festival includes light, sound and folk shows and the wine tasting will guarantee you leave with a happy smile on your face!! Festival dates

FLOWER FESTIVAL FLOATS

 

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

On Christmas and New year holidays in Madeira you will be surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights as nearly every city street in Funchal seems to compete for the brightest and most colourful displays. On New Years eve Funchall has one of the best firework displays in the world stretching from the harbour to the highest buildings and also from the hills behind the city. A great time to be in Funchal!

NEW YEAR FIREWORKS

 

FUNCHAL MARINA

CRUISE SHIPS AND THE MARINA

Madeira is ruled by the sea and Funchal harbour is the transport hub of the Island, boats arrive and depart daily and cruise ships arrive regularly. The marina itself is also a hub of activity but this area is for pleasure, there are trips to Porto Santo, diving and angling boats also run from here. This is also the place for sea food restaurants and with the great smell of bar-b-qued fish it's easy to be tempted in!

CRUISE SHIPS IN HARBOUR

 

HEADING OUT

BIG GAME FISHING TRIPS

Also sailing from the marina are big game fishing trips for Big-eye, Yellow fin and Blue fin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Wahoo and Sharks. There is also great light tackle angling for Barracuda, Red Snapper and Amberjack. Trips can be booked at the marina next to the restaurant area where the boats have booking stations with information on boats, trips, catches and tackle.

CAN YOU COOK THIS DEAR?!

 

FUNCHAL CASINO

FUNCHAL CASINO

The casino in Funchal (the only one on Madeira) is well worth visiting for night time entertainment, great shows, cabarets, superb restaurants and a disco will keep you going all night long. The casino has French Roulette and Black Jack tables and over 200 slot machines, so before you leave make sure you have a flutter, you may be lucky and win enough money to pay for your holidays!

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