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The island's capital has much to offer, with great art and architecture, exquisite handicrafts, a colourful market and pretty marina. Here are some of the sights worth seeing during your time in fabulous Funchal!
Monte Palace Gardens
This is one of the most beautiful gardens on the island, designed with an oriental theme with an abundance of indigenous greenery, large ponds of Koi Carp and beautiful tiles and porcelain on display. Open daily 09.00-17.00. (Entrance fee payable locally).
This is the most impressive of all religious edifices in Madeira. In the interior, a ceiling in geometric Hispano-Arabic style of carved cedar inlaid with ivory, is outstanding, and the canonical stalls in the chancel are of exquisitely carved wood. Open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 11.00, and 16.00-17.30.
Quinta do Palheiro Gardens
Situated next to the Palheiro Golf course, these gardens offer you lovely views of Funchal, surrounded by subtropical flora. Open daily 09.30-16.30. (Entrance fee payable locally).
Mercado Dos Lavradores
Soak up the atmosphere of Funchal's lively market in the old town. See its colourful array of exotic fruits, vegetables and flower sellers in national costume. Downstairs is the fish market where you will see the famous black espada fish, caught only off the coastlines of Madeira and Japan. Opens Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 19:00 and Saturday from 08:00 to 14:00. Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Monte Cable Car and Toboggan
The 15-minute trip by cable car from Funchal to Monte offers magnificent, truly breathtaking views. Approximately 9 euro one way or 15 euro return per person. Why not combine a cable car trip up to Monte with a return journey via the Monte Toboggan, a wicker carriage controlled by two conductors in traditional dress? An unforgettable experience, from 20 euro per person.
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