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This charming and cosmopolitan capital city lies on the south coast of Madeira, backed by hills and mountains

The historic centre is perfect for exploring, with its cathedral, churches and choice of museums. Perhaps stroll through the cobbled streets taking time to browse the shops and market.

For garden lovers there's the botanical gardens, and the famous tropical gardens of the Monte Palace. After exploring the city, ride on the cable car to the Monte, or brave one of Funchal's famous toboggans!

 

An insight into the culture of Funchal....

Funchal is a brilliant city, with lots of old architecture, lots of history, lots of local traditions and handicrafts, but at the same time they're really cosmopolitan with all the big designer shops.

And all you have to do to enjoy it is sit outside, drinking the local drink, poncha (which is like the Brazilian Caipirinha), made from fresh fruit like tangarines.

- Christopher Yianni, Holiday Creator

 

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