Funchal, the capital of Madeira’s archipelago, is the most urban point of these islands. It is full of history, culture as well as entertainment, and it is also the largest tourist centre in the region. It is a charming city, in the form of an amphitheatre that opens onto a beautiful bay, where the marina and the port are located.
The sea and the flowers are always prominent elements in Funchal. There are typical viewpoints, fortresses, cable cars, hotels and houses covered by orange tile roofs and green parasols. It is a city with several parks and scattered gardens here and there. It has some historical neighbourhoods with museums, churches, markets and squares, surrounded by cafés with terraces, restaurants and shops. It also has several avenues and streets lined by houses and varied landscapes, with different microclimates and a bustling daily life throughout the year.
The heart of nightlife is located in the old town, between cobblestone streets and bars that serve poncha (a regional drink made in the traditional spirit of sugar cane).
There are also several discotheques, a casino and gastronomy for all kinds of tastes, including 2 prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants.
Access to the sea is guaranteed through the bathing complexes and some pebble and black sandy beaches. If you like walking or jogging by the sea, there are several promenades.