The capital of Madeira is a small yet lively city with a beautiful mountain setting. Its cobbled streets are full of reataurants, cafes, bars, museums and the impressive 16th century Se Cathedral. Enjoy a stunning view of the city from Monte village after taking a cable car from Funchal old town or take a boat from the harbour to the nearby island of Porto Santo or venture on a sailing trip to watch whales and dolphins.
Funchal is famous for its culinary delights. Local specialities not to miss are Caldeirada, a casserole of onion, tomato and several kinds of fish, or Espetada, beef flamed on skewers.
Funchal has everything to satisfy holidaymakers all year round: historic buildings, botanical gardens, modern shopping centres and a market, rocky mountains and glittering seas. The town’s only beach at Praia Formosa is a spectacular black sand beach adorned with large cobblestones.
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Local time: GMT (Irish time)
- Airports: Lisbon, Faro, Funchal
- Flight duration: Lisbon approx. 2h 40mins, Faro approx.. 3h, Funchal approx. 3h 40 mins
- Languages: Portuguese. Many people speak English
- Climate: Mediterranean climate with long dry summers in the South, Mediterranean-Maritime climate in the North and Subtropical climate in the islands of Madeira and the Azores
- Voltage: 220V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets 2 round pin type are used
- Opening hours: Normally the shops generally open Monday to Saturday between 9am to 1pm & 3pm to 6pm or 7pm. In most of the tourist areas, shops and supermarkets remain open until late