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    When walking around Funchal you will discover its history and learn the stories of its people, from the dawn of the age of the sugar trade to the more recent past. Wander the streets of a city that is more than 500 years old, with its unique cosmopolitan traits and great diversity, marked by experiences, colours and aromas. Marvel at all that it has to offer you.

    Welcome to the capital of the best Island Destination in the World!

    DAY 1

    parquescStart this tour of Funchal with a magnificent view of the city and bay at the belvedere at 1 - Santa Catarina Park. You can stroll through the park and look at the numerous plant species from all corners of the world and enjoy the terrace and spacious lawns. One highlight is 2 – Santa Catarina Chapel, which was built in 1425 by order of Constança, wife of the explorer João Gonçalves Zarco. Very close to the Park, you will find 3 – Quinta Vigia, official residence of the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, where you can visit the gardens and the Angústias Chapel and enjoy  a magnificent view of the bay.

    Baltazar Dias Municipal TheatreGo down the avenue towards the city centre and  Rotunda do Infante. Continue along Avenida Arriaga, passing by 4 – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre. The building was officially opened on 11 March 1888 and was designed along the same lines as the S. Carlos National Theatre in Lisbon, the model for almost all Portuguese theatres built in the 19th century. The name Baltazar Dias is a tribute to the 16th century dramatist from Madeira.

    In addition to an eclectic programme, the theatre also has a well-known café that is frequented by tourists and locals alike.

    5 – Municipal Garden

    When you leave the theatre, be sure to visit the Municipal Garden just opposite. With its prime location in the city centre, the garden is undoubtedly one of the best-known green areas used and visited by both tourists and residents. It has a unique biodiversity, boasting trees and plants from many parts of the world, including tropical Africa, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Mexico and Madagascar. Madeira's flora is also represented in this unique journey to the four corners of the earth. São Francisco Convent stood here for many centuries, and a coat of arms of the Franciscans and Portugal has been preserved in one of the garden walks. The garden features an auditorium and amphitheatre, a terrace-bar, a kiosk and a small lake populated by swans and ducks.

    the Natural History MuseumNow go up towards Rua da Carreira along historic streets and climb Rua do Surdo towards Rua da Mouraria, featuring 6 - the Natural History Museum, which is located in Palácio de São Pedro, one of the most significant works of Portuguese architecture from the mid-18th century. Enjoy this magnificent museum, which also includes a Science Library and the Municipal Aquarium. Climbing Calçada de Santa Clara, you will find 7 - the Frederico de Freitas House Museum. It is located in Palácio da Calçada, which used to belong to the Counts of Calçada, and was leased in the 1940s by Frederico de Freitas, a well-known Madeiran art collector. He assembled a valuable legacy of pieces, which he left to the region after his death in 1978. The palace also contains Casa dos Azulejos, which was built specially to house a vast collection of tiles. Very near this location, at the top of the street, you will find 8 - Quinta das Cruzes House and Museum, the former home of the Morgados das Cruzes. It consists of Nossa Senhora da Piedade Chapel and a beautiful garden, which includes an orchidarium and an archaeological park. The museum houses art pieces, Portuguese and foreign, mostly English, furniture and examples of goldsmithery, jewellery, ceramics and sculpture. Quinta das Cruzes is associated with João Gonçalves Zarco, since it was here that he set up his second home. Don't forget to take in the views from the belvedere.

    Santa Clara Church and ConventTake a break at 9 - João Carlos Abreu Universe of Memories, which is located in a beautiful late 19th-century house. While there visit 10 – Santa Clara Church and Convent, which was built close to his father's home in the late 16th century by João Gonçalves da Câmara, the second captain-major of Madeira Island,  to house the daughters of the local nobility. In the 18th century, a large number of nuns came to the convent, though no new nuns were admitted after the dissolution of the religious orders. Currently, a number of facilities have been reoccupied by the Franciscan Sisters, who were granted permission to live there and set up a crèche. To get into the convent you go through the churchyard and a masonry doorway bearing the emblem of the Franciscan Order.

    Now go down Calçada de Santa Clara and to the left you will find 11 – Church of São Pedro. It dates back to 1743, although it was commissioned  in 1590. The interior is decorated with 18th-century tiles that almost fully cover the walls of the nave, chancel and sacristy.

    Continue along Rua de São Pedro and turn right into Rua do Castanheiro, parallel to 12 – the Jesuit College Church (São João Evangelista Church), with its 17th-century mannerist style. It is an example of an architectural style used by Jesuit missionaries who spread the Word all over the world. Inside, there are paintings with gilded frames, and the walls of the sacristy are covered with blue-and-white 17th-century tiles. There are audio guides in several languages available for visitors. We recommend climbing up to the tower and enjoying a unique view as you go up the historical path to the top.

    Town HallIn 13 – Praça do Município, a visit to 14 – Paços do Concelho (the Town Hall) is a must. After moving several times over the years, Funchal Town Hall was set up in its current building in the first half of the 19th century. It was built in 1758 by the Count of Carvalhal. In 1940, the building and the surrounding area underwent substantial alterations, which gave it the look it has today. Inside you can visit the rooms of the formal wing and the inner courtyard, and finish your visit with a unique panoramic view from the tower.

    Guided tours: 11.00 and 15.00

    If you have time, we suggest visiting the shop 15 – Gaudeamus (belonging to Madeira University Students' Union) and 16 – Adega D'Oliveira´s, where you can take a break and enjoy some magnificent Madeira wine (both close to the Jesuit College Church). Go up Rua dos Ferreiros and make sure you visit Livraria Esperança, Funchal's first book store, which dates back to 1886. It has more than 96,000 different books on display, many of them editions that have sold out in Portugal and Brazil. It is the largest bookshop in the country and one of the largest in the world. After leaving, go down to Salão Londrino, a traditional millinery shop dating back to 1937.

    Also in Town Hall Square, go down Rua do Bispo, towards 17 – the Sacred Art Museum in the former Palace of the Bishop of Funchal. This museum is divided into two parts and houses Portuguese art and a large collection of Flemish art stemming from the sugar trade between Madeira and Flanders in the late 15th century.

    Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 12.30 | 14.30 - 18.00 | Sundays from 10.00 to 13.00

    Go along Rua João Tavira to get a feel of the characteristic shopping streets (Rua da Queimada de Baixo, Rua da Queimada de Cima and Rua do Bispo), where the tradition of certain shops and street stalls mingles with modern stores. In Rua da Queimada de Baixo, treat yourself to the flavours of Madeira at the best shop for home-made chocolate, UAUCacau (ask about its chocolate workshops). While in the area, visit Fábrica de Santo António, in Travessa do Forno, where the traditional honey cake has been made for over 120 years. It is also a cookie paradise for tourists and locals. Delight in the aromas and flavours.

    You have now reached 18 – Funchal Cathedral, a must-see, which has one of the most beautiful wooden ceilings in Portugal. It was built in 1514 and has a unique architectural beauty, with its Hispano-Arabic and Roman-Gothic contours. The Flemish-style chancel stalls, the Gothic main door and gilded 17th-century pieces are some of the features of the Manueline period.

    Opening hours: 07.30 – 12.00 | 16.00 – 19.00

    the Statue of João Gonçalves ZarcoGoing along Avenida Arriaga, you will also find 19 – the Statue of João Gonçalves Zarco, an explorer from Madeira and first Captain-Major of Funchal. It was sculpted by Francisco Franco, winner of the gold medal at the Seville Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, and unveiled in Funchal in 1934.

    Very close by, do not miss 20 – Blandy´s Wine Lodge, one of the oldest Madeira wine cellars in Funchal, located in a set of baroque-style buildings. It has a 17th-century wine press and machinery from other periods, formerly used for storing, marketing and exporting this world-famous wine. Be sure to visit the museum, which has letters from famous personalities, documents on the incorporation of the Madeira Wine Co. and books and utensils from the different stages of production of Madeira wine. And don't miss the chance to taste this magnificent nectar.

    Return to the cathedral and go along Rua da Sé towards Praça de Colombo, where you will find 21 – the City of Sugar Museum. It was here that the Manueline house of João Esmeraldo once stood. He was a Fleming who settled in Madeira at the end of the 15th century to produce and sell sugar. Archaeological excavations at the museum in 1989 uncovered many priceless testimonies to daily life between the 16th and 18th centuries. They include a sugar loaf, sugar moulds and Flemish paintings and sculptures.

    On leaving the museum, go down towards Largo dos Varadouros. At the end of the 16th century it was of almost vital importance to the city and in the 17th and 18th centuries it was the city's gateway and trading centre. Here you will find 22 - Porta da Cidade, a replica of the old City Gate in Funchal's defensive wall. It was built by order of Governor Lourenço de Almada in 1689 and demolished in 1911.

    Continue along towards Avenida do Mar and turn left towards Praça da Autonomia. Head towards 23 – the Electricity Museum, which is housed in the old Funchal Power Station, commonly called the “House of Light”, which has documents and machinery showing the evolution of electricity in Madeira.

    the Farmers marketGo up Rua Brigadeiro Oudinot, towards 24 – the Farmers market. Marvel at the best Madeiran products in a perfect harmony of colours and aromas and the genuineness of its people. The building dates back to 1940 and is a testimony to Estado Novo architecture. The façade, the main door and the fish market boast large ornate tile panels from the Maria de Portugal factory. It is worth dawdling here and taking a break to enjoy some of the best fruits and other produce from Madeira or just have coffee on the rooftop terrace.

    Very close to the Farmers Market you will find Rua Dr. Fernão de Ornelas, one of the city centre's most important streets, with busy stores and a wide range of shopping choices. While you are there be sure to visit the shops and workshops at 25 – Bordado Madeira, Patrício & Gouveia (Rua Visconde Anadia) and Bordal (Rua Dr. Fernão de Ornelas).

    The area surrounding the Farmers Market offers a unique example of daily life in Funchal, with its lively, traditional shops and an abundance of traditional grocery stores and taverns. Good examples are A Mercadora in Rua do Hospital Velho and Restaurante O Jacquet at the near end of Rua de Santa Maria.

    Continuing towards the Old Town be sure to visit 26 – Toy Museum and Market Warehouse in Rua Latino Coelho (a street that intersects with Rua da Boa Viagem).

    DAY 2

    Old Town and Monte

    This historical area with its façades of old houses is of major architectural value. Some of its old fishermen's houses and other 18th-century homes have been turned into traditional restaurants. Its streets and courtyards are welcoming and tell the story of how the first city settlement was born. Nowadays, it is where most of the bars and nightlife can be found. With its doors painted by local and foreign artists, it is one of the facets of the city's art and culture.

    São Tiago FortGo along Rua de Santa Maria, one of the oldest streets in the city, where it is worth visiting 28 – Botas de Vilão Factory, alongside 29 – Corpo Santo Chapel. Go straight on towards the 30 - São Tiago Fort, a beautiful example of military architecture, which protected the island from pirate attacks along the coast. When you leave, be sure to visit 31 – Socorro Church at the top of the street (go up Travessa do Forte). Enjoy the magnificent view on the Barreirinha Bar Café Terrace, opposite.

    Now head towards 32 – Almirante Reis Garden, via Rua D. Carlos I, where you will find 33 - the Cable Car that will take you to Monte in about 15 minutes. 34 – Monte is one of the most delightful places in Funchal, where you can visit the lush, beautiful 35 – Tropical Garden and Monte Palace Museum. It houses one of Portugal's most important collections of tiles in unique surroundings that include valuable Koi carp, swans and peacocks living in this botanical paradise. There is also a museum that boasts a collection of gems and minerals from the four corners of the earth and an exhibit of contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture, 36 – Nossa Senhora do Monte Church, dedicated to the patron saint of Madeira, 37 – Quinta Jardins do Imperador, the final home of Emperor Charles of Austria after his exile in 1921 and 38 – the Municipal Park. Enjoy the sights from the belvederes.

    You can use the cable car to get back to Funchal or the famous 39 – Monte Sledges to Livramento. If you do not want to walk from there, you can take one of the public transport services available in the area. You can also choose to return on 40 – the Jardim Botânico Cable Car, which leaves from Largo das Babosas. It will take you to 41 – the Botanical Garden, where you can see more than 2,000 named plants in their harmonious forms and contrasting colours. Madeira has extraordinary native flora and enjoys optimal conditions for the development of plants from almost anywhere in the world. Ask in either cable car about the different combined tickets.

    Arraial do Monte Date 15 August

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    DAY 3

    the CR7 MuseumStart the day in Praça do Mar (Avenida Sá Carneiro) with a visit to 43 – the CR7 Museum, which is devoted to Cristiano Ronaldo, the Madeiran footballer, three-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award and four-time winner of the Golden Boot, among many other trophies. The museum also houses a wax replica of his statue, a timeline of his victories and interactive experiences with the football legend.

    Walk towards the port and be sure to visit 44 – the Nini Andrade Silva Design Centre in the emblematic Nossa Senhora da Conceição Fortress. It was once the home of Gonçalves Zarco and affords a stunning view of the Bay of Funchal. The centre documents the work and career of the Madeiran designer and houses a permanent exhibition of part of Nini Andrade Silva's private collection, which showcases Madeira's history and culture and its strong connection to the history of the sea. O Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva é um lugar de encontro e partilha dotado de serviços e valências espaciais únicas, tais como uma área de exposição permanente, loja, serviço de restauração e um restaurante com assinatura do premiado Chef Miguel Laffan.

    Além de documentar carreira e trabalho da designer, o Design Centre pretende, de uma forma activa e dinâmica, assumir-se como um hub e laboratório de ideias, bem como um centro de desenvolvimento e inovação onde todas as expressões e pensamentos artísticos se poderão encontrar.ra da Conceição, que foi em tempos a casa de Gonçalves Zarco, antigo navegador português e colonizador do Arquipélago da Madeira.

    O Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva é um lugar de encontro e partilha dotado de serviços e valências espaciais únicas, tais como uma área de exposição permanente, loja, serviço de restauração e um restaurante com assinatura do premiado Chef Miguel Laffan.

    Além de documentar carreira e trabalho da designer, o Design Centre pretende, de uma forma activa e dinâmica, assumir-se como um hub e laboratório de ideias, bem como um centro de desenvolvimento e inovação onde todas as expressões e pensamentos artísticos se poderão encontrar.

    A exposição permanente existente, que é parte da colecção privada de Nini Andrade Silva, está na origem da criação do Design Centre, projecto cujo discurso expositivo permite explicar, de uma forma inaudita, a história e cultura da Madeira e a sua forte ligação à história do mar. It also has unique areas and services, including a shop, food outlets and a signature Michelin-star restaurant.

    Make the most of the day for a seaside experience and use one of the many bathing areas that Funchal has to offer: 45 – the Lido, 46 – Ponta Gorda and 47 – Doca do Cavacas. Stroll along Estrada Monumental and 48 – Passeio Público Marítimo in the lido area. Madeiran species of flora blend in harmoniously with exotic plants along this promenade with its lawns and benches where you can rest, enjoy the sea view and appreciate the gardens that run down to the cliffs.

    Take advantage of the many sea-related activities offered by different operators. You can try a boat trip, whale watching, diving, snorkelling, sport fishing or water sports, as there is plenty on offer to provide an unforgettable experience.

    End the day at 46 – Formosa Beach, the largest public beach in Madeira, which can be reached from two separate promenades from Lido to Câmara de Lobos. It has excellent facilities, including open-air bars, a car park and changing rooms. It won the 2015 Accessible Beach Award, as it is fully adapted for people with motor disabilities and is the only one in the country catering for the blind.

    DAY 4

    Funchal Ecological ParkSave this day for an unforgettable experience at 49 - Funchal Ecological Park, which is only 12 km from the city centre and easily accessible by road. The terrain, unique landscape, picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain bike tours and canyoning activities make this park a unique, unmissable experience of direct contact with nature. You can choose one of the tourist companies' many programmes offering authentic nature experiences.

    If you want to visit Pico do Areeiro, one of the highest peaks on the island, take the northern exit from the Ecological Park (about 10 minutes by car). When you return, take a break in Poiso and try some traditional Madeira poncha.

    DAY 5

    the IVBAM, Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicraft MuseumSpend the morning in the centre of Funchal. Go to Avenida Arriaga and its Placa Central, as the pedestrian area of this avenue is known. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and its people while savouring a sweet cheese tart or some passion fruit juice, which are such traditional delights in Madeira. Wander round the city and feel the pulse and vitality of its shopping streets. Go to Rua Dr. Fernão Ornelas and climb up to Rua Visconde Anadia. Be sure to visit 50 – the IVBAM, Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicraft Museum, which is dedicated to the history and culture of Madeiran embroidery, and 51 – the Henrique and Francisco Franco Museum in Rua João de Deus, which displays a collection of works by the brothers, including oil paintings, prints, small frescos and sculptures. The museum also focuses on medium and long-term exhibitions and offers an educational service. It provides guided tours, themed activities and art workshops.

    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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