Funchal comes from “funcho”, Portuguese word for fennel.
This plant was abundant when the Island was first discovered.
The city of Funchal is located on a hillside, forming an amphitheater, ending on the ocean.
Its natural beauty, architecture and inhabitants create unique walking promenade experiences.
From several points of the city, the ocean and the maritime activity of the cruise ships may be appreciated.
The Franciscan Monastery is one of the main architectural monuments.
Apart from history, visitors also can taste the delicious Madeira Wine.
The Farmers’ Market is other of the main tourist attractions where you can buy products from the sea and from the land.
The city has a large number of themed museums, such as Madeira Embroidery Museum, Wine Museum and Madeira Wine Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Sugar Museum, and many others.
A cable car connects the city centre, from the old town to the Tropical Gardens of Monte Palace.