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Funchal Holiday

The capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira is a beautiful city on the southern coast offering beaches, historic buildings and marine wildlife adventures. 

With houses built on the side of a hill, an attractive bay and a mountainous backdrop, Funchal has one of Portugal’s most beautiful settings. The coastal city is the capital of the island of Madeira and combines a modern beach resort with hundreds of years of history. Surf, tour ancient buildings and sail the ocean to see whales and dolphins.

The town is named for the bright yellow fennel (funcho in Portuguese) that grew here when the Portuguese settled the area in the early 15th century.

Funchal’s natural beauty isn’t confined to the coast and surrounding mountains. Spend a few hours in the sunken, rose and French gardens of Jardins de Palheiro. Stroll through Jardim Orquidea’s miniature jungle filled with varied orchid species. Enjoy thousands of blooms at the Madeira Botanical Gardens.

Explore the historic buildings of the old town area. Admire the stained-glass windows, baroque altars and gothic arches of the 16th-century Sé Cathedral. Amble along cobblestone streets lined by old buildings, some dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Visit the Museo Municipal for its natural history exhibits. Gaze at the collection of Turkish and North African decorative tiles at the Frederico de Freitas Museum.

Ride the cable car up to Monte, a small village 1,804 feet (550 meters) above sea level. When you want to come back down to Funchal, ride a toboggan. These resemble large wicker baskets and are pushed down the steep roads by drivers.

Walk along the promenade from the city center to the Praia Formosa, a collection of beaches. Venture farther out to sea on a dolphin- and whale-watching trip or take a boat cruise along the coast.

As Madeira’s capital city, Funchal has good transportation links. Madeira Airport is 13 miles (21 kilometers) away. With Funchal’s mild subtropical climate, its beaches, gardens and historic sites can be enjoyed year-round.


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Belmond Reid's Palace £285
Reviewed on 22 Jun 2019
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Belmond Reid's Palace

Belmond Reid's Palace

Estrada Monumental 139, Funchal
     
    4.9 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Compared to so many of the newer hotels, this place had style and charm. It was first-class in every respect.

    Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel £101
    Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019
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    Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

    Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

    Largo Antonio Nobre, Funchal
       
      4.4 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Spacious room, spotless bathroom, big pool and very nice area around pool with access to ocean and with nice open air cafe. Breakfast was included in price and was of excellent quality, tables being inside and on fresh air. Hotel is short walk to town. We came very late and left at wee hours, but ...

      The Cliff Bay £228
      Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019
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      The Cliff Bay

      The Cliff Bay

      Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
         
        4.9 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        It’s location to Funchal and all it’s amenities. Caring and very efficient staff. Excellent food and beautiful rooms very very clean.

        Porto Mare Hotel £131
        Reviewed on 12 May 2019
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        Porto Mare Hotel

        Porto Mare Hotel

        Rua Simplicio Passos Gouveia 21, Funchal
           
          4.7 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Wonderful hotel. Excellent buffet breakfast and buffet evening meal. Great selection of foods at both meal times. Lovely gardens around the hotel, including an orchid garden. Five swimming pools (two indoors) but too cold in February for outside use! Regular courtesy bus from hotel into town. Several ...

          The Vine £128
          Reviewed on 21 Jun 2019
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          The Vine

          The Vine

          Rua Dos Aranhas, No. 27A, Funchal
             
            4.6 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Hotel exceeded previous reviews and my expectations!

            Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino £99
            Reviewed on 17 May 2019
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            Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

            Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

            Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, Funchal
               
              4.2 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great pool and outside area staff always very helpfull

              Golden Residence Hotel £74
              Reviewed on 15 Jun 2019
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              Golden Residence Hotel

              Golden Residence Hotel

              Rua do Cabrestante 25, Funchal
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The hotel is in nice location and everything is perfect, the room, food, staff are very nice and etc...we would like to go back and stay longer. The comfort is excellent. I would recommend this hotel to everyone.

                Quinta do Monte Panoramic Gardens £57
                Reviewed on 15 Jun 2019
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                Quinta do Monte Panoramic Gardens

                Quinta do Monte Panoramic Gardens

                Caminho do Monte no. 192 e 194, Funchal
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Liked the atmosphere and friendly staff. Gardens are magnificent, breakfast is fantastic, location is beautiful. Did not like too cool pool and jacuzzi. Bar understaffed and closed early, 10pm!!

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