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Roy At Sea
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Currency = Euro,  Language = Portugese 

Small port. Walkable short distance to city centre along attractive promenade, but Shuttle bus recommended.Taxis' on quay side. Quaint streets to explore. Must see : Market early/mid morning. ('Mercado dos Lavradores' ) NB There are NO sandy beaches on Maderia. Except in Calheta and Machico where the sand has been imported. 


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Per :When you travel around Madeira it quickly becomes clear why it is known as the Garden Island - it is simply awash with colour from a breathtaking display of sub-tropical plants and flowers. So it is hardly surprising that large and colourful flower markets are one of the most arresting features of Funchal, Madeiras capital.


The size of a market town, Funchal is easily walkable although, the further inland you explore, the steeper and narrower some of the streets become. Locally made wicker furniture, lacework and tapestries all make good buys along with the ubiquitous Madeira wine.

Funchal is also the base for tours to the islands botanical gardens; the fishing village of Camara de Lobos where Churchill went to paint; Camacha, the wicker centre; the levada walks, part of an ancient irrigation system; and to Reids Hotel for traditional afternoon tea.


Enjoy the stunning views of Funchal from a cable car followed by a visit to the famous Monte Palace

July 18, 2010 at 8:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Roy At Sea
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The Harbour from Reid's Palace Hotel


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