Funchal – Madeira – What to See & Do



Funchal – the capital of Madeira Island, in Portugal – An oasis of light that covers a wide amphitheater of mountains and hills, with a bright bay, where the boats gently are swaying, under the warmth of the sun…

Some of the places worth visiting in Funchal:

Praca do Municipio is the main square, where you will see the City Hall – Camara Municipal, a grandiose mansion and also Museu de Arte Sacra – Sacred Arts Museum, where is  the famous processional cross, donated by King Manuel I, to the Funchal cathedral. During the walk you will see Igreja de Colegio, a seventeenth-century church built by the Jesuits and the impressive Se Cathedral of Funchal, which was the first Portuguese cathedral built overseas.

The main street of Funchal is Avenida Arriaga, where you will find the park Jardim de Santa CatarinaPalacio do Governo Regional and a monument dedicated to Sao Lourenco, a fortress still used by the army. On the opposite side of this, is the Adegas Sao Francisco winery, which it was originally a Franciscan monastery and now hosts the biggest wines companies of Madeira, offering a tour of the winery, extremely fascinating and a delicious wine tasting.

In this area is Photografia Museu Vicentes, situated on the place of the oldest photographic studio of Portugal, founded in 1850 by Vicente Gomes da Silva, exposing old photography equipment, photos with landscapes, people and festivals of Madeira.

Vila Velha represents the old part of the city and is filled with restaurants, cafes, craft shops and fado bars. (‘’fado’’ – means the name of an interpretative and melodic genre that is originally from Lisbon – from early 19th century – melancholic melodies and wailing lyrics, which refers very frequently to the sea, the glorious maritime past or to the poor people)

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