Funchal

Funchal holidays

Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is a historic town best known for its gorgeous gardens and pretty cobbled streets. Outdoor pools, tropical plant life and splendid mountain scenes rule this city, while the evenings open out into a stretch of palate-pleasing eateries and chic cocktail bars.

Lidos and lilos

In town there’s a famous lido complex, with separate children’s pools. Walk 25 minutes out of town and you’ll come to Praia Formosa – four black sand and pebble beaches. Stop at one of the restaurants or cafés here or stroll back to town along the prom.

The garden of Europe

Winston Churchill was a big fan of Madeira, calling it the ‘floating garden’. On your Funchal holiday, you’ll find some of the world’s most exquisite floral displays, and there are six public gardens worth checking out. There’s even the famous Flower Festival that takes place every year, two weeks after Easter.

An upbeat nightlife

Funchal might be an old city, but it’s also a modern capital, with stylish tapas restaurants and café bars. Head down to the marina or Old Town and you’ll find cocktails and modern Portuguese dishes on the menu. And there are discos and clubs downtown, where DJs keep the crowd going until the early hours.

Christmas and New Year in Madeira

Christmas and New Year in Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

With its leafy landscape, balmy weather and charming culture, Madeira is a stand-out destination you can enjoy year-round. But one of the best times to visit is around Christmas and New Year when the locals go...
Madeira Flower Festival

Madeira Flower Festival

Funchal, Madeira

Experience Madeira in bloom and celebrate spring as parades, markets and exhibitions take over the island throughout May. The Float Parade, held since 1979, is a true spectacle. You’ll see hundreds of...
The Old Town

The Old Town

Funchal, Madeira

Make like the locals with a plate of hearty, rustic food in the charming Old Town of Funchal. Think locally caught swordfish, smoky chorizo stew or marinated lamb chargrilled over hot coals. Authentic...
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