Fantastic Funchal holidays 2020
A holiday in Funchal provides guests with cobbled streets, beautiful gardens and a trendy marina, all of which are oozing in the distinct character of this Portuguese island this resort. As the capital city of Madeira, Funchal has been a popular tourist choice for a number of years, its interesting pairing of traditional architecture with stylish and modern nightlife making it a unique holiday destination.
You’ll find all kinds of things to explore in Funchal, from the cobbled Old Town to the flower-scented gardens with views across the bay. The city has an equal amount of man-made and natural attractions, meaning a trip to this Madeiran capital in 2020 is sure to please visitors of every taste. Madeira is very good value for money, too, especially if you can find a good deal on flights.
Funchal at a glance
Explore the local markets
Bustling Mercado dos Lavradores even has a rooftop bar
Gorgeous Santa Catarina Park with its stunning views of Funchal Bay
Top city attractions
Ride up Funchal’s cable car to Monte
Art & culture
We love the old town Painted Doors Project
Lush natural wonders
Visit the Botanical Gardens & Santa Catarina Park
Sample the local food
Passion fruit and fresh seafood aplenty!
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Things to do in Funchal
Those wanting to make the most of the beautiful natural scenery on offer in Funchal need look no further than Pico do Arieiro. Madeira’s third highest mountain is a wonder to behold from the top and gives unparalleled views. But the most enjoyable thing about it is the journey you take to get there. Equally accessible as a walk or cycle, the path to the top of this picturesque peak is one you will never forget.
Alternatively if you’re not feeling particularly active then you can also get a similar experience by taking the Monte Cable Car and seeing the city from a unique birds-eye view. After all that physical exertion, why not escape to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden? This lush garden is an ideal retreat to enjoy a couple of hours away from Funchal. With lots of different areas to explore like an exhibition of African artwork, gemstones and crystals, the variety on offer is certainly very impressive. While there you can also sample some famous Madeiran wine.
Another interesting fact about Funchal is that it is the birthplace of footballing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and to commemorate that there is a CR7 Museum which you can visit. Showcasing all of his trophies, hat-trick balls and photos from his journey to the top, this museum is a must-see for any visiting football fans.
Funchal's best beaches
Not content with already having an abundance of amazing scenery up in the mountains, Funchal also has a number of beautiful beaches to occupy your time too. Praia Formosa is the largest public beach on Madeira Island and because of that also the most popular. Located to the west of Funchal, it consists of four sandy and pebble beaches, known as Praia Nova, Praia Formosa, Praia dos Namorados and Praia do Arieiro. All offer excellent clear waters, Blue Flag certified sands and great facilities. In addition to the expected loungers and umbrellas, this beach also has a skate board ramp and children’s play area to entertain the little ones.
Those looking for an alternative water experience can find it in Doca do Cavacas. This spot is a small pool complex just a few minutes’ walk from Praia Formosa. It has natural volcanic pools and direct access to the sea with changing rooms, a watching lifeguard as well as restaurants and bars. If that wasn’t enough choice already, there are two more hugely popular sandy beaches at the Barreirinha beach complex and Praia de Sao Tiago.
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