If you are already planning your next family vacation or looking for the ideal place for a romantic getaway with your better half , Funchal is definitely a right choice . Capital of the ” pearl of the Atlantic ” , the island of Madeira , Funchal city is famous for constant mild climate , its magnificent gardens and picturesque streets with cobblestone walks in , for their safety and the luxurious hotels and restaurants .
Located south of Madeira , in the sunniest coast of the island, the town where born figures like the poet Herbert Helder , the designer Fatima Lopes or footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is set in a sort of natural amphitheater formed by the bay, the mountains lie to the north and east, and west by the volcanic peaks . The natural banana plantations and flower gardens are always a constant presence in this region .
The city’s history dates back to the fifteenth century , when the first Portuguese settlers was posted on the shore which they named Funchal , due to the large amount of dill , an herb bravia sweet-smelling that grew in the valley .
The development of trade , first with saccharin and then with Madeira wine , meant that the city was growing to become the cosmopolitan city of today , as well as a staging point mandatory in the Atlantic on trips overseas expansion .
Today , living in Funchal more than 112 thousand inhabitants . The county is divided into ten parishes: St. Mary Major Cathedral , St. Peter , Immaculate Heart of Mary , St. Lucia , St. Martin , St. Anthony, St. Roque Hill and São Gonçalo . The Savage Islands also depend administratively this county , although they are not a parish .
The busy port of Funchal , situated near the city center , is one of the most important cruise ports of the Atlantic and one of the main entry points of the island . There are many who consider the approach to this port as one of the most spectacular in the world and it is no accident , since their view is breathtaking .
In addition to the boat, you can also travel to Funchal by air as the Madeira Airport is located just 13 km from the capital . Discover the available flights to Funchal and start to prepare your visit.
Regarding the provision of leisure activities , Funchal has everything to make your holiday unforgettable : diving, boat trips , swimming with dolphins , whale watching , hiking along the coast and through the woods , paragliding , balloon flights , golf . .. And not forgetting the large number of terraces, restaurants and historic sites where you can cool off with a drink or indulge yourself with the typical flavors of the region .
The Funchal’s beaches are more than prepared to receive it , if it is those who love extend the towel on the sand , relax in the sun and forget the worries . But the Madeiran capital also boasts a nightlife is very popular with young visitors , who at week -ends fill the streets of the city . The offer nightlife divided between the bars and clubs that are open between midnight and 4am , and clubs that open their doors at 4am and work until 7pm .
Another aspect worth mentioning is that of security . Unlike other European cities , in Funchal virtually no street crime , which makes it a very appealing destination for those looking for a carefree holiday . It is also one of the cities in Europe where most appreciates the cleanliness of the streets , another factor that contributes to the positive image that tourists have of Funchal .
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