Funchal is a cosmopolitan city that has a charm of its own. The picturesque capital of the island of Madeira exudes style and substance that is beyond description. The breathtaking beauty of the city is enhanced by its location. The city faces the blue Atlantic Ocean against a backdrop of mountains. The combination of beautiful and sunny coasts, cool banana plantations and widespread gardens, where flowers bloom throughout the year, offers mesmerizing sights to any visitor. The capital of Madeira has a dual character. It is a relaxing area lush with greenery during the day, but at night the city comes into its own. The vibrant nightlife of Funchal is a huge attraction for visitors on the lookout for luxury holidays in a hip and happening location.
Things to do
Funchal has a beautiful harbour that is situated in the middle of the city. Almost all the Atlantic cruise ships call at this port, one of the most beautiful in the world. The shores are lined with cafes, restaurants and hotels. Dining and beach leisure time are two of the most sought-after activities among tourists on the island. Families visiting Funchal also have the option of visiting Palheiro golf course, while other available activities include diving, surfing, paragliding, boat trips, time with dolphins, whale-watching and visits to the island’s many forests. The city is a safe place to venture out at night and is the ideal destination for fun-loving tourists. Funchal takes on a different appearance during Christmas and New Year, with the whole city decorated with lights to celebrate life’s zest. The wine festival adds the finishing touch to the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
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