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Funchal holidays are perfect for those who want to experience the best of Madeira.
The stunning city blooms with beauty and you can enjoy epic sea views, charming local haunts and bright and bustling markets. The city takes its name from the botanical meaning Fennel and with its host of gorgeous gardens, ripe flowers and soft scents permeating the air, you will feel as though Madeira’s jewel in the crown is one large tropical garden. At sunset the pretty lights of the city twinkle and the year round warm weather makes it an ideal location for rest and rejuvenation.
Things to do in Funchal
Funchal holidays are full of wonder and delight. This charming part of the small island has so much on offer from dolphin and whale watching to cellar wine tours, toboggan runs and cable cars. You can spend your days relaxing or touring Funchal.
Animal lovers will want to take a catamaran ride out onto the waters and seek out the whales and dolphins. Although nothing is guaranteed, there’s an extremely high probability for seeing local marine life where the dolphins are known to swim right up to the boat.
Wine lovers will adore taking a tour through The Old Blandy's Wine Lodge. Sample vintage wines that are almost a hundred years old and taste the difference with the sweet Madeira wines.
One of the highlights of a Funchal holiday is the chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of one of the many botanical gardens. Here you will find a wide array of native, exotic and rare plants and flowers. Set against a magnificent backdrop of the mountains and with the loud chattering of parrots as the soundtrack, this really is the perfect way to soak up Funchal.
Jump on the famous cable car of Funchal to enjoy magnificent views from dizzying heights. This fifteen minute ride allows you to see panoramic views of the city, the sea and the mountains and is the best way of reaching the botanical gardens.
Funchal market is the place to indulge all your senses, divided into three parts you can admire the bright and beautiful flower market, the tropical fruit and vegetable market and the shimmering fresh fish market. Loud, proud and bursting with colour this is the place to try local delicacies and haggle with the sellers.