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PostSubject: Madeira, Funchal   Madeira, Funchal Icon_minitimeThu Sep 09, 2010 12:56 pm

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.

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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.

Madeira, Funchal 100_0528 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,

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So there has been provided several public Lido’s, which are readily accessible.

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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.

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The city straddles three rivers that merge together, they were subjected to flash floods recently that was reported on the worlds media.
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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.

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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.
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Madeira, Funchal 100_0607 he view from the top is captivating.

The church at the top.

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The way down is by bus, or by Tobaggan!!

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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.
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As are bananas growing wild in the street
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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.

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PostSubject: Re: Madeira, Funchal   Madeira, Funchal Icon_minitimeThu Sep 09, 2010 2:38 pm

Another excellent report Mark, Mrs Delboy tells me the Lavarders are excellent for walking alongside
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PostSubject: Re: Madeira, Funchal   Madeira, Funchal Icon_minitimeThu Sep 09, 2010 11:43 pm


Nice review Mark, Me and Mrs H went to Madeira a few years back, cant remember how many now Embarassed but it was before my digital camera days so must have been 2002. We loved it even though the weather wasn't to kind to us. It was May and of the 7 days we had 2 good sunny days 4 overcast with occasional sunny spells and one day of torrential rain. I was struck by how clean the place was, no litter on the streets, beautiful gardens everywhere and loads of men employed to keep it that way.

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PostSubject: Re: Madeira, Funchal   Madeira, Funchal Icon_minitimeFri Sep 10, 2010 12:12 am

Fantastic yet again there is no stopping you now mate. photographer

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PostSubject: Re: Madeira, Funchal   Madeira, Funchal Icon_minitimeFri Sep 10, 2010 11:32 am

Great shame that so many of the Levada walks were washed away in the devasting floods Madeira experienced a few months ago.

The island desperately needs visitors now to restore its tourist industry that has really suffered since the floods.

We have visited the island twice - stayed in Machico the first time and Funchal the second - and it is a lovely place to visit. Definitely caters for the ´more mature´ holidaymaker though!
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PostSubject: Re: Madeira, Funchal   Madeira, Funchal Icon_minitimeFri Sep 10, 2010 2:36 pm

We had a week there in January 2007.We must have been unlucky with the weather as we had some rain every day and only a few sunny intervals.There was permanent low cloud and it was anorak cool.We were a good 45 minutes walk from central Funchal at H Regency Palace which Saga rated 5*.I gave it a grudging 4* of my own and it wasn't worth what Saga were charging.Saga made a big fuss about the hotel food and awarded it a rosette for quality.I have eaten better in 4* Sol hotels in Spain.We haven't been on a Saga holiday since and are unlikely to now that I am into DIY booking.

We also went back to Funchal last October when our cruise ship Arcadia had an overnight stay there during a cruise around the Canaries and Madeira.For the 2 days we were in port the weather was lovely.I know it is the climate that makes it such a verdant island.The only really interesting thing I did was visit the fish market.Mrs WS had a nice surprise though when she unearthed a fat slug in her lunchtime salad at one of the open air street cafes-and I wasn't that fat slug! She was more concerned about it than the waitress whose attention we drew to it.Spose it could happen to anybody.

Won't be returning to Madeira.Prefer Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.Better quality for less money and sandy beaches to boot.
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PostSubject: Re: Madeira, Funchal   Madeira, Funchal Icon_minitimeMon Sep 13, 2010 9:41 am

Yet again Mark, great review & photo's. cheers It is like we are there with you. You seem to be a natural reviewer. Wink

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