Santa Maria Maior
The center of Santa Maria Maior, known as Zona Velha (Old Town), was for many years a forgotten part of the city. It is today a meeting point for various generations, a space of cultural interest and a nightlife area.
Santa Maria do Calhau, as the first settlers of the island called it, was established between 1423 and 1425, but still retains its uniqueness. In its historic center, it is worth visiting the Fort of São Tiago, built in 1614 and which currently houses the Museum of Contemporary Art and a nice restaurant facing the Atlantic Ocean.
Also enjoy and appreciate the architecture of the Chapel of the Corpo Santo, built in the fifteenth century, and the Church of Santa Maria, also known as Church of Socorro.
Before regaining strength or enjoying a Poncha - the traditional drink of the island - at one of the many restaurants in the area, do not miss the opportunity to meander through the narrow streets. Deserving of attention is the art painted on the doors of traditional houses by local artists. The cultural project "Open Doors Art" turned this area into a sort of outdoor gallery.
In this area of the city, you also find the Cable Cars that connects the Zona Velha of Funchal to the parish of Monte. If you prefer, walk through the narrow streets to the Farmers Market, where you will find an amazing assortment of exotic fruits, flowers and even local crafts.