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    DAY 1

    Teatro Municipal Baltazar DiasStart your visit at Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre(1), a unique, iconic place located on Avenida Arriaga, right in the heart of the city. Inaugurated on 11 March 1888, the building sports the same architectural lines as the S. Carlos National Theatre in Lisbon, which was the model for nearly all Portuguese theatres built in the 19th century. The theatre was original called Teatro D. Maria Pia, after the queen of Portugal, who was Italian born. In 1930 the name was changed to Baltazar Dias in honour of the 16th century Madeiran playwright of the same name.

    In addition to offering a unique, eclectic programme, the theatre also has a lovely café that is very popular with both locals and tourists.

    Jardim MunicipalAfter leaving the theatre, be sure to visit the Municipal Garden (2). Conveniently located in the city centre, the garden is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known green spaces in the city and the most visited and used by tourists and residents alike. The garden, which was previously known as the Dona Amélia Garden, is unique in its biodiversity. There are trees and plants from all corners of the world, from tropical Africa, India, Bangladesh and Malaysia to Mexico and Madagascar. The flora of Madeira is also well represented in this unique journey around the world.

    For several centuries, this space also held the Convent of São Francisco. The coat of arms of the Franciscans and Portugal from the convent have been preserved and can be seen on one the garden’s lawns.

    The garden also has an auditorium and an amphitheatre, a sidewalk café, a kiosk and a small lake.

    Now walk down Avenida Arriaga (3), towards the Funchal Cathedral. In the second half of the 15th century, part of this avenue was a cane field known as Campo do Duque, part of which was donated to the municipality in 1485 to build a church (the Cathedral), a public square and the Municipal Government Building.

    Continue on to Blandy´s Wine Lodge(4), one of Funchal’s oldest Madeira Wine wineries, which is installed in a group of baroque architecture buildings. The lodge has a 17th century wine press on display as well as various machines from other eras that were used for storing, selling and exporting this world famous wine. The museum is not to be missed. There on display you will find letters from famous people and documents relating to the formation of the Madeira Wine Co., as well as books and utensils used in the different stages of the Madeira wine making process. Wind up your visit with a tasting of this magnificent nectar.

    On your way to the cathedral, you will find the statue of João Gonçalves Zarco(5), discoverer of Madeira. The statue was sculpted by Francisco Franco and inaugurated at this site in 1934. The work won a gold medal at the Iberian-American Exposition of 1929 held in Seville, Spain.

     Sé do FunchalWhen you arrive at the Funchal Cathedral(6), an obligatory stop on the itinerary, you will find it has one of the most beautiful wood ceilings in Portugal. Built in 1514, the cathedral is one of incomparable architectural beauty. The chancel chairs in the main chapel, which are based on the Flemish style, and the main portal, with its 17th century gothic lines and gilded wood, show some characteristics of the Manueline period of architecture.

    Go up Rua João Tavira(7) and you will find yourself in the typical shopping streets of the area (Rua da Queimada de Baixo, Rua da Queimada de Cima and Rua do Bispo) where there is a mix of traditional shops and street vendors alongside modern shops. On Rua da Queimada de Baixo, savour the delicious flavours of Madeira enveloped in the best handmade chocolate at the UAUCacau shop (ask about the workshops the shop offers).

    On this walking tour, don’t forget to visit the Museum of Sacred Art(8), which is housed in the former bishop’s residence (Paço Episcopal do Funchal) on Rua do Bispo. This museum is divided into two different parts, one with a large collection of Flemish art acquired at the end of the 15th century during the days of the sugar trade between Madeira and Flanders, the other with a collection of Portuguese art.

    Arriving at the Praça do Município public square(9), you must visit the Mannerist style Jesuit College Church (São João Evangelista Church) (10), which was built in the 17th century. The architectural design is one used by the Jesuit missionaries who spread the word of Christ to other parts of the world. Inside, there are several paintings with gilded wood frames, and the walls of the sacristy are lined with blue and white 17th century tiles. Audio guides are available at the site in several languages. We recommend climbing the tower, which offers you a unique view of this historical tour from above.

    Paços do Concelho (edifício da Câmara MunicipalAlso in the Praça do Município, be sure to visit Paços do Concelho (City Hall building)(11). After being shifted from place to place over the years, Funchal City Hall moved to its current home in the first half of the 19th century. The building was originally commissioned in 1758 by the Conde de Carvalhal. In 1940, the building and surrounding area underwent significant renovation work to give it the appearance it has today. Once inside, you can visit the various salons in the great hall and the interior patio, topping off your visit with a panoramic view from the building’s tower.

    We suggest a stop at the shops at Gaudeamus (of the University of Madeira Academic Association)(12) and Adega D`Oliveira´s(13), where you can take a break and enjoy a magnificent Madeira wine (both shops are near the Jesuit College Church). Go up Rua dos Ferreiros, and be sure to make a stop at the Livraria Esperança(14) bookstore, the first shop in Funchal dedicated exclusively to selling books, which has been operating since 1886. It currently has over 96,000 different books on display, many of which are editions already sold out in Portugal and Brazil. It is the largest bookstore in the country and one of the largest in the world. Continue along Rua dos Ferreiros and you will come to Salão Londrino(15), a quaint hat shop that dates from 1937.

    Continue towards Largo do Chafariz(16), but be sure to check out the Fábrica de Santo António (on Travessa do Forno)(17), the place where traditional Madeiran honey cakes have been produced for over 120 years. They continue to sell biscuits to tourists and the locals today. Breathe in the delightful aromas of these wonderful treats. Next to the Largo do Chafariz you will find traditional street vendors and florists. Turn left and walk towards Rua Dr. Fernão de Ornelas (18), one of the main arteries in the city centre. It is a lively shopping district with a variety of shops.

    Continue along the street and make a stop at the the Bordal - Bordados da Madeira(19) shop and factory. At the shop entrance you will see a woman dressed in traditional local costume doing embroidery. Be sure to visit Patrício & Gouveia(20) factory and shop, which makes and sells embroidery and tapestries, as well as a wide range of typical regional and Portuguese products. It is located on Rua Visconde Anadia.

    Mercado dos LavradoresWhen you arrive at the Farmers Market(21), you will marvel at the best products from Madeira on display there, the perfect symbiosis of colours and aromas that surround you and the genuineness of the people. The building dates from 1940 and was built in the Estado Novo style of architecture. The facade, main entrance and fish market are decorated with huge tile panels produced by Fábrica Maria de Portugal. Wander around the market for a while, and you can take a break and try some of the best fruits and fresh products of Madeira or a simple coffee at the outdoor café on the upper level.

    The area around the Farmers Market is pretty representative of daily life in Funchal, with lively trade being conducted in traditional shops (grocery stores and taverns), such as A Mercadora(22), situated on the Rua do Hospital Velho and the O Jacquet(23) Restaurant, at the start of Rua de Santa Maria.

    Exiting from the fish market at the back of the market, walk down Rua da Boa Viagem(24) towards the City’s Old Town(25) (via Rua de Santa Maria). If you feel like reminiscing about your childhood and having some fun, you’ll want to visit the magnificent collection of the Toy Museum (26) and the Armazém do Mercado(27), on Rua Latino Coelho.

    DAY 2

    Zona VelhaThe Old Town(25) with its narrow cobblestone streets and the facades of old houses, is an area of great historic and architectural interest where you will find some traditional-style restaurants installed in old fishermen’s houses and other 18th century homes. It is filled with cosy streets and patios, and history tells us that this was where the city’s first settlement was established. Nowadays, this is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of bars and nightlife. With its colourful doors painted by local and foreign artists, it is one of the facets of urban art and culture in the city.

    Going down Rua de Santa Maria, one of the city’s oldest streets, you’ll want to make a stop at Vilão Boot Factory (28), located next to Corpo Santo Chapel(29). Continue on towards São Tiago Fort(30), a beautiful example of military architecture that protected the island from pirate attacks along the coast. If possible, as you leave the fort, visit Socorro Church(31), at the top of the street (walk up Travessa do Forte). Take a moment to enjoy the magnificent view from outdoor patio of the Barreirinha Bar Café.

    Go back towards Almirante Reis Garden(32) (next to the gondola lift), via Rua D. Carlos I.

    The experience of riding up to Monte in the gondola lift is one you won’t want to miss. The journey takes about 15 minutes Monte(33) is one of the most enjoyable areas of Funchal. Here you can visit the beautiful, lush Monte Palace Tropical Garden and Museum (34), which has one of the most important collections of tiles in Portugal in a unique environment that includes Koi fish, swans and peacocks that inhabit this botanical paradise. The museum exhibitions include a collection of minerals and gems from all corners of the world and a collection of contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture. Also nearby are Nossa Senhora do Monte Church(35), named after the patron saint of Madeira, The Emperor’s Estate Gardens(36), the last residence of Emperor Charles of Austria when he was exiled in Madeira in 1921, and the Municipal Park(37). Enjoy magnificent views from the belvederes in the area.

    Carros de CestosYou can return to Funchal in the gondola lift, or you can ride down in one of the famous Wicker Toboggans(38) to the Livramento area (from there you can take one of the various means of public transport available in the area). You can also choose to take the Botanical Garden Gondola (39), from Largo das Babosas the Botanical Garden(40), where you can see more than 2000 plants with their harmonious forms and contrasting colours, all duly identified. Madeira has an extraordinary variety of endemic flora and has optimal conditions for plants from almost anywhere in the world to grow. (Ask for information about the different ticket combinations that are available).

    Museu da EletricidadeIf you decide to take the gondola lift back to Almirante Reis Garden, you will find the Electricity Museum (41), at the end of the line. The museum is installed in the building where the Funchal Thermal Power Station once operated, known to the locals as the “Casa da Luz”. The museum displays documents and machinery that give visitors an idea of how the region’s electricity supply network evolved. Coss Ribeira de João Gomes(42), where you will find the ruins of the old fortified walls of the city, and continue in the direction of Rua da Alfândega, via Rampa do Cidrão (on the right you will see Rua dos Tanoeiros, one of the most picturesque streets in the city and home to thriving businesses. Be sure to check out the Mercearia(43) a 150-year-old shop famous for selling spices), on your way to A Cidade do Açúcar Museum(44), located on the site where the Manueline-style home of João Esmeraldo once stood. Esmeraldo was a Flemish merchant who came to Madeira at the end of the 15th century to produce and trade sugar. Archaeological excavations in 1989 (in the museum) unearthed a rich collection of items from daily life in the 16th and 17th centuries, which gave rise to this museum. Among the items found were a sugarloaf, sugar moulds and Flemish paintings and sculptures.Museu A Cidade do Açúcar(

    After leaving the museum, walk towards Largo dos Varadouros (this square was vitally important to the city in the 16th century, and in the 17th and 18th centuries it was the commercial centre and gateway to the city) where you will find "Porta da Cidade"(45), (gateway to the city), where the old gateway that closed off the defensive wall of Funchal has been repositioned. Commissioned in 1689 by then Governor D. Lourenço de Almada, it was demolished in 1911.

    DAY 3

    Start the day at Avenida do Mar(46). Walk down the avenue and enjoy the magnificent seaside and cosmopolitan atmosphere, with its outdoor patios all along the Marina(47). You will also pass, on your right Regional Legislative Assembly(48) building, iwhich is installed in Funchal’s former customs house, which was built around 1519 and was modified several times during the 17th and 18th centuries. A little further ahead, be sure to visit São Lourenço Palace(49), a national monument since 1943, and the Military Museum(50).

    Admire the Funchal Bay from the belvedere in Santa Catarina Park (51), with its magnificent view of the city and the bay. You can stroll through the park and see numerous species of trees from all corners of the world and enjoy the outdoor patio, children’s playground and the park’s wide lawns.

    Santa Catarina Chapel (52), warrants a special look. The chapel was ordered to be built out of wood in 1425 by Dona Constança, wife of discoverer João Gonçalves Zarco. The current chapel dates from the 17th century. Very near the park, on Avenida do Infante, you will find the Quinta Vigia Estate(53), official residence of the Regional Governor of Madeira, where you can visit the gardens and the Capela das Angústias (Chapel of Anguish) as well as a magnificent belvedere with a view of the bay (closed Saturdays and Sundays).

    Museu CR7Go down to the Praça do Mar (Avenida Sá Carneiro) and stop and theCR7 Museum(54), a space dedicated to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, native of Madeira and three-time winner of the World Player of the Year Award and four-time winner of the Golden Boot Award, along with many other trophies. The museum also has a full size replica of his statue in wax, a chronology of his victories and interactive experiences with the star.

    Design Centre Nini Andrade SilvaWalk towards the port and be sure to stop on your way and visit the Nini Andrade Silva Design Centre(55), llocated in the emblematic Nossa Senhora da Conceição Fortress, once home to Gonçalves Zarco, with its stunning view of the entire bay of Funchal Bay. The space documents the career and work of the Madeiran designer and includes a permanent exhibition, which is part of Nini Andrade Silva private collection, where the history and culture of Madeira and its strong ties to the sea are very much in evidence. The Nini Andrade Silva Design Centre is a place for meeting and sharing, and it provides unique services and spaces, such as a permanent exhibition area, a shop, a restoration service and a restaurant by prize-winning Chef Miguel Laffan.

    In addition to documenting the career and work of the designer, the Design Centre aims to play an active, dynamic role as a hub and laboratory for ideas, as well as a centre for development and innovation where all types of artistic expression and thought can meet.

    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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