The Capital of Madeira is Funchal, and it lies on the South Eastern side of the Island.
We visited in January 2008.
It has a large harbour which attracts Atlantic cruise ships.
It has long been a winter destination due to it’s year round mild climate.
It is a Portugese Autonomous Region.
It has a population of approx 150,000.
The flight into the airport comes in over the sea, right until the last minute, and was very dangerous until recently, when the runway extension was completed, using concrete pillars in the sea.
There aren’t any beaches to speak of,
So there has been provided several public Lido’s, which are readily accessible.
There is minimal night life, evenings are spent more typically sharing meal in a restaurant, and there are several around the harbour for this. Several boats are also converted into restaurants, many with themes, such as this one was The Beatles. There was a claim involving John Lennon but I forget the exact tie – in.
They close early in relation to many other holiday resorts, around 10.30pm.
The city straddles three rivers that merge together, they were subjected to flash floods recently that was reported on the worlds media.
Funchal shelves from sea level up to mountains, providing a natural amphitheatre, this is high enough for the clouds to condense and form in a very quick fashion.
One can take a cable car from the centre up to a church and botanical gardens, this is a suburb known as Monte. It is approx 900 metres high.
he view from the top is captivating.
The church at the top.
The way down is by bus, or by Tobaggan!!
We opted for the bus….!
One of the more prettier parts of the world in my opinion. Flowers known as ‘Bird of Paradise’ are abundant.
As are bananas growing wild in the street
There was many other trips we could have done, but we primarily went for a week of winter sun, which we achieved, temps about 24 C in January.