The Old Town

The Old Town

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 Madeiran restaurants are all about food that's fresh, flavoursome and fairly cheap - locals have great banter too.
Praia de Sao Tiago

Praia de Sao Tiago

Funchal, Madeira

Located next to Forte Sao Tiago in the old part of Funchal, this tiny beach is ideal for a relaxed swim. Usually quieter than most of the area's beaches, it has basic facilities, such as showers, and is free to...

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Sao Tiago Fort

Sao Tiago Fort

Funchal, Madeira

This fortress was built to protect the city from pirates who once sailed in the North Atlantic. It was used by the military until 1992, when it was converted to a public space. 

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Black scabbardfish

Black scabbardfish

Madeira

This deepwater fish is a popular catch at the fish market of Funchal. It may look scary, but it tastes surprisingly tasty and is actually considered a delicacy in Madeira. If you fancy something different, try...

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