Funchal

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and named after the fennel (funcha) that once flowered there. Visitors flock to the island, drawn by its scenery, weather and also for its superb wines.

 

Points of Interest


Botanical Garden

Quinta do Bom Sucesso boasts more than 2,000 plant species, it also houses some rare species of birds.

Cable-car

12,000 feet long with a vertical rise of 1,837 feet this cable-car ride provides stunning views in Madeira's most remote areas.

Mercado dos Lavradores

This art-deco open market was designed by architect Edmundo Taveres built in the 1930s, a lively place where you can buy fresh produce, meat, fish, flowers, spices and crafts.

Monte

A small village overlooking Funchal once was a health resort for Europe’s high society. If you want an impressive view take the stairs to Nossa Senhora do Monte.

Wine-tasting

Visit one of Funchal’s wine lodges for a wine sampling afternoon. Vintages range from a dry Sercial to a rich and fruity Malmsey.

Island Drive

Explore Madeira with a scenic journey that showcases the island’s dramatic sea cliffs, waterfalls, and charming villages.

Cabo Girao

The highest sea-cliff in Europe and the second in the world with panoramic views of the ocean and Funchal in the distance.

Ribeira Brava

A small town who’s name means “wild stream” was one of the first parishes on the island. A tourist hotspot featuring charming street cafes and shops.

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