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    Avenida Arriaga Avenida Arriaga


    One of the main avenues of the capital, Avenida Arriaga, connects the front zone of the Cathedral to Rotunda do Infante D. Henrique, in the western border of the flat side of the city. Some time ago, Madeirans considered that place the end of what they called “Funchal” and it was common to say “I´m going to Funchal” when we were, for example, at Quinta Vigia, which is a bit above the roundabout. Actually, until the construction of the first big shopping centre in Madeira, in the eighties, that city area had very little to offer, which is the opposite of what happens today, where you can find hotels, shopping centres and the busy Citizen´s Bureau, in the northern part of the Avenue.  

    In this avenue, which was once called Avenida Manuel de Arriaga, are placed the well known central signs. This is the spot where the celebrations and fairs, that happen throughout the year, usually take place, and also where thousands of people get together for several cultural events. For example, that is where the Feira do Livro (Book Fair) takes place, which is the responsibility of the Funchal City Council.

    In the junction with Avenida Zarco, it is possible to view the Statue of João Gonçalves Zarco, built in 1927, by Francisco Franco.

    In this Avenue, which makes junction on the east side with Rua João Tavira and with Rua António José de Almeida on the north side, you can see, Largo da Restauração, in front of the Bank of Portugal Branch. Largo da Restauração was built to provide the centre with a fountain made of hard cantaria (stonework), which is a Madeira tradicional stone. On the north part of this section, you should visit the historical Wineries of Madeira Wine Company, where you can hear the story about one of our ambassadors, the famous Madeira Wine.

    Straight after, the Municipal Garden, that has an auditorium in its central section, opened in 1992 and a labyrinth of around 8.300 m² of trees and flowers, which construction began in 1880 and where you can find flora from several different parts of the world.

    In front, is placed the mythic Municipal Theatre, which was also once called Theatre Manuel de Arriaga.

    Still in its first section, where it makes junction with Avenida Zarco, you find the famous “Corner of the World”, as the writer Ferreira de Castro called it in its romance “Eternity”, dated of the thirties, of the 20th century. That was the spot where all the worlds would meet, through decades, when Funchal used to wake up and fall asleep in that spot, which was the first stop of the tourists arriving in ships.   

    The south strip of the Avenue is almost all closed to traffic, which allows you to enjoy a pleasant walk and invites you to seat down in one of the several terraces, in any time of the year.  




    banner Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago, was declared a city in the 1500s, and became an important point between the old and new worlds. The laid-back city owes much of its historical prominence to the white gold, the Madeiran sugar. Today Funchal is known for its appealing temperatures, wine and crafts. Top spots to visit include the open Worker's Market, Blandy's Wine Lodge and the Sacred Art Museum. Friendly locals, walkable streets and cheap taxis make the city easy to get around. SEE ON TRIPADVISORseta Mapa Turístico do Funchal

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