FUNCHAL

FUNCHAL

OLD WORLD CHARM!

Funchal, the capital of Madeira and its islands, its name derived from the Portuguese word fennel, Funcho, which grew in abundance in this part of the island. Home to almost half of the islands 245,000 inhabitants and the birth place of Madeira’s most famous modern day son, Christiano Ronaldo.

Boasting a colourful history spanning over five centuries, Funchal is now a cosmopolitan city that bursts with vibrant character whilst retaining its old world charm. Located in a sweeping bay and nestled against verdant hills, whitewashed buildings with terracotta roofs line narrow, twisting cobbled streets which climb up the steep hillside like creeping vines. Slowly saunter, soaking up the ambiance occasionally stopping in a shady square to slake your thirst at a hospitable hostelry.

Don’t be tempted to make the lung bursting climb to the top on foot! The spectacular cable car ride to Monte is much more exciting. Second only to the heart in the mouth, dare devil decent by Funchal’s famous wicker toboggans. They hurtle down the cobbled streets at speeds approaching 50 miles per hour, so gird your loins, sit back and enjoy the ride!

For a city with such a rich and long history, you would expect to find a multitude of historical buildings and museums to visit and Funchal will not disappoint, add to these some of the finest botanical gardens to explore and you soon appreciate that the city offers something for everyone.

Madeira is synonymous with its fortified wine and Funchal is home to perhaps the most famous producer, Blandy’s, a brand still going strong after more than 200 years. Their old wine lodge in the centre of the city has been converted into a museum, well worth a couple of hours of anyone’s time. You will no doubt be offered a tot or two to taste, be careful not to try too many samples of the intoxicating tipple, it packs a punch!!

If aprez-golf activities are high on your agenda, Funchal is tailor made for you. An epicurean extravaganza awaits, offering a menagerie of superlative restaurants and vibrant bars. Adjacent to the harbour you will discover a plethora of eateries catering for the tourist trade including a restaurant on a boat once owned by the Beatles! However, if your preference is to rub shoulders with the locals, a venture into the old town will conjure a cornucopia of traditional taverns to tempt the taste buds serving Madeiran menus at incredibly affordable prices.

Within easy reach of Madeira’s golf courses, Funchal provides the ideal base to combine golfing galore, a compendium of culture and vibrant nightlife seasoned with a pinch of…

OLD WORLD CHARM!