Not just for wrinklies
I always thought that Maderia was for the older generation, and the prospect of going made me think that I was getting old, rubbish she says, yes there are many fabulous gardens to sit in and watch the world go by, but there are plenty of shops, bars , cafes and even a casino, we went just after Christmas and the decorations were still up, they were great, its a must for any age, I cant wait to go back. Just one thing it is rather hilly, but not in the centre. Watching the Oriana dock..............WOW what a sight with its 14 decks it was awesome.
Also the live Nativity Scenes, with lambs and donkeys and lots of other animals, you just wouldnt get that in the UK Brilliant.
* Map and guidebook. * Hiking boots;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket. * Lip balm;
* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm. None ... :-)
Funchal has many gardens but don't forget the municipal gardens - the jardin de Sao Francisco - in the centre of Funchal - just before you reach Blandy's wine shop (opposite the Toyota showroom).
A tranquil place rigt in the heart of the busy town.
Facing the Praça do Municipio.
Funchal, the capital city of the island of Madeira, is a fascinating and unique town. This historic town, dating back 500 years ago, is now a vibrant and bustling centre. It's quite charming with its steep 16th century cobbled streets, elegant squares and smart colonial buildings. In one of these beautiful mansions the Café Escola de Conducao is situated..
Café Escola de Conducao is conveniently located at the city centre, facing the Praça do Municipio. It's a small, fancy looking café / restaurant specialized in Portuguese cuisine and authentic dishes native to the island of Madeira. The interior is wooden and it looks a bit like a countryside house. It's small, cosy and has an open kitchen. Relinde had the specialty of the house, the delicious Peixe Espada Preto. I, for meself, had the poular Carne de Espeto, which was served on a skewer. It was great!
Lovely streets in the centre of Funchal
The centre of Funchal has nicily decorated pavements in the pedestrians streets and alleyways. There is a lot of variety in the black and white patterns.
There are wide streets with fancy shops and restaurants. Between these streets are lovely alleyways with white houses and buildings, but you can find here also nice boutiques, bars and restaurants.
It's a joy to walk here, away from the traffic jam.