Set against dramatic volcanic mountains, beautiful Funchal offers a unique combination of old colonial charm and spectacular scenery mingled with an elegant, unhurried pace.
In the old town, steep cobbled streets come crammed with fine architecture, lovely churches, little gift shops, gorgeous botanical gardens and medieval wine lodges where you can sample sweet Madeiran wines. Ride the cable car to Monte and whiz down in a wicker toboggan, stroll the waterfront to relax in a waterside cafe or outdoor lido, or lounge the day away at nearby Praia Formosa beach. Later, enjoy one of the many smart restaurants, colourful folklore shows or test your luck at the glamorous international casino. And make sure you experience Madeira's breathtaking interior, walking its levadas, playing superb golf courses or immersing yourself in silent green valleys and stunning mountains.
To top off your holiday in Funchal, there are numerous hotels offering a range of facilities and amenities to make your stay more comfortable. There are plush apartments or basic ones and a collection of 5-star resorts, so whatever you fancy, Funchal has it all!
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The average flight time to Funchal from the UK is 3 hours 45 minutes.
Madeira’s capital provides a selection of various things to see and do. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, Funchal is perfect. With lush greenery and gardens dotted around, you can experience Mother Nature at her finest. In addition, there are authentic sights located around Funchal, providing you with a traditional taste of the island and not forgetting to mention Cristiano Ronaldo’s museum.
The weather in Funchal doesn’t vary that much, in fact it is quite pleasant and enjoyable all year round. The chances of rainfall throughout the year are also quite low making Funchal an ideal location whatever month it is. The warmest time to visit would be August and September. During the winter months the temperatures drop just below 20 degrees.
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