"The sea on one side, mountains on the other, and between those two majestic splendors, the city smiles like a child sleeping, safe and snug between its parents." This is how the Portuguese writer, Júlio Dinis, described Funchal. He and other artists, such as Nobel Prize in Literature Tomas Transtroemer, cannot resist the beauty of Funchal.
Whether it is for the great weather, the exotic fruits on sale at the Farmers Market, the friendliness of the people, or for the breathtaking amphitheater carved between mountains, sea and volcanic peaks, this beautiful city continues to attract visitors from all over the world.
Funchal is a garden of flowers that one can see in glamorous local gardens. Take a boat trip to watch the dolphins, visit the magnificent tropical gardens, dive in the clear waters or relax in one of the fantastic rural manors. These are some of the unique and diverse experiences that the city offers. Notice the posters announcing events throughout the year that enliven the capital, such the Flower Festival, the Feast of the Harvest on Avenida Arriaga, the Carnival parade, the Festivals of the Cathedral or the Altars of São João.
To get to know the capital of Madeira, there is nothing better than to walk along the seaside between the Piornais area and the historic center. Also not to be missed is the view over Funchal from the cable cars that depart to Monte from the Zona Velha (Old City) station.
A city with 500 years of history, Funchal is named after fennel, which is still grown by the locals who use it as a tea with relaxing properties. The capital of Madeira is divided into 10 parishes: Imaculado Coração de Maria, Monte, Santa Luzia, Santa Maria Maior, Santo António, São Gonçalo, São Martinho, São Pedro, São Roque, and Sé. All have unique characteristics and features.