Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

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Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira has its share of captivating squares, picturesque villages, idyllic landscapes, and stunning views; it also offers some unexpected pleasures.

There are numerous parks and gardens – wild and natural, manicured, Oriental in sensibility, and one attached to the villa of an erstwhile prince.

For excitement and just plain fun, take a high tech cable car up to Monte, in the hills overlooking Funchal, so that you may descend by toboggan sledge. Originally a form of fast transport for Monte residents, the trip involves sliding at high speed over narrow, winding streets, seated in a wicker sledge on wooden runners.

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LOCAL MARKET

LOCAL MARKET

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LOCAL MARKET

LOCAL MARKET

Gain insight into the island’s culture through women in traditional costume selling an array of goods including fresh local produce, flowers, and wicker items. Directly next door is the Fish Market where, if you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the Espada, a tasty local specialty.

MADEIRA WINE LODGE

MADEIRA WINE LODGE

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MADEIRA WINE LODGE

MADEIRA WINE LODGE

Sip, swirl, and sample the wines of Madeira. Catch a glimpse into how the wine is produced and learn about the history of the wine business. Visitors will learn about the different varieties and even have a chance to taste the different styles of wine produced here.

City, Cable Car, Monte and Toboggan

City, Cable Car, Monte and Toboggan

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City, Cable Car, Monte and Toboggan

City, Cable Car, Monte and Toboggan

Explore the vibrant local market and a traditional Madeira embroidery factory before a cable car takes you to the Village of Monte to explore. Take the toboggan ride down to Livramento—riding in large wicker baskets on metal runners, you will be guided down the slope by traditionally dressed men. Enjoy one of the famous wine lodges, where you can sample the famed Madeira Wine.

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Funchal (Madeira), Portugal At a glance

Current Weather:
26°C / 79 °F
Sun
25°
21°
Mon
26°
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Tue
26°
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Wed
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Current Time:
5:18:18 pm2015/08/01 17:18:18 pm
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Saturday, August 01
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Currency:
Euro
Exchange Rates:
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  • 1.44
  • 0.70
  • 1.51
  • 70.45
  • 3.77
  • 17.74
  • 1.67
Local Details:
GPS: 32°40'0.96"N 16°55'26.6"W
Size: 76.15 KM2 (29.40 MI2)
Population: 111,892
Density: 1,469 Pop/KM2 (567 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +351

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