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  • Funchal - Madeira
    Funchal - Madeira
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  • Baden Powell statue in Funchal.
    Baden Powell statue in Funchal.
    by cachaseiro
  • Clinica da Se in Funchal.
    Clinica da Se in Funchal.
    by cachaseiro

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    If you need medical assistance in Funchal.

    by cachaseiro Written Jan 5, 2013

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    Clinica da Se in Funchal.

    Favorite thing: If you are in need of medical assistance in Funchal then there is a good little clinic right by the cathedral called "clinica da se" where you can go and get examined pretty much right away.
    I have been there a couple of times with clients when working as a tour leader in Funchal and there was never any long lines we had to wait in.
    And they speak pretty good englih there and are quite service minded.

    The adress of the clinic is: Rua dos Murças, 1st and 2nd Floor.
    It's located one block from the cathedral in a small side street but there is a street sign pointing towards the clinic, so you should be able to locate it easily.

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    Zarco

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012
    Funchal - Madeira
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    Favorite thing: Madeira was discovered by a navigator called João Fernandes Zarco. So, it's without any surprise that we see his statues in evidence, in the historical centre of the city.

    Two styles, two tastes, the same respect!

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    The nest

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012
    Funchal - Madeira
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    Favorite thing: Madeira (and Funchal) are so dedicated to tourism, that many places seem... too artificial, too well composed to achieve a good look, too... touristy.

    The central area of town, its original quarter, gives an idea of authenticity, that helps to forget the general sensation. Don't miss!

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    Flooding

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012
    Funchal - Madeira
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    Favorite thing: Great spirit, and love for their city!

    Madeira suffered a lot with the big flooding of February 2010, but Funchal recovered very quick. Here and there there are still signs of destruction, but nothing that may spoil any kind of vacation.
    You have to look carefully or to go outside Funchal to have an idea about what really happened.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Autonomy

    by solopes Updated Oct 23, 2012
    Funchal - Madeira
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    Favorite thing: Madeira has cleverly used the opportunities provided by the menace of independence to gather from the continent the money needed to its development.

    Directed to tourism, most investments were done combining efficiency wit beauty, with respect for nature and history.
    Natural harmony is dominant, but I think that autonomy deserved a bigger monument

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    Baden Powell is honord in Funchal.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 14, 2012

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    Baden Powell statue in Funchal.

    Favorite thing: In Funchal you have a little statue of Baden Powell who founded the scout movement.
    It´s right in the center of town across from the national bank and i guess that the reason why they have shosen to honor him is that the scout movement in Portugal is very big and active.
    So if you have ever been, or still is a boy or girl scout then you should make sure to make a little stop at the Baden Powell statue.

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    Good Madeira info.

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Written Sep 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: For some really good general Madeira info check out the official web-site at

    www.madeiraturismo.com/pls/madeira/wsmwhom0.home?p_lingua=en&p_sub=1

    or just type in - www.madeiraturismo.com and then choose your language.

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    Art in the streets

    by sachara Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Walking around in Funchal is a real joy, the beautiful mansions, sometimes a bit neglected, but also this has its charm.

    I enjoyed the nice decorated and designed pavements in the streets and squares and the many sculptures in the parks and along the avenidas and streets. These sculptures on the picture we pass every day at our walk into town.

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    Funchal sidewalks

    by salinhopt Written Mar 9, 2004
    Funchal - Jacaranda trees

    Favorite thing: Touring Funchal, one must observe the beautiful sidewalks in patterns of marble from the mainland and lava from the mountains. In spring the delicate lilac flowers of the jacaranda tree adorn Funchal's main roads, as the blooms emerge from the leaves.

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    European Region of the Year 2004!

    by Jerelis Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Logo of the European Region of the Year 2004.

    Favorite thing: The European Region of the Year is an initiative which aims to increase knowledge and recognition of European regional affairs, to make new contributions to regional construction and European integration and, finally, to project the regions designated as European Region of the Year onto the European and international scene, in all their aspects, such as the social, cultural, economic and tourism aspects. The initiative has certain similarities to the European Capitals of Culture, but at regional level.

    Every year, two regions are designated as European Region of the Year, regions which must belong to different countries, as is the case of the Balearic Islands (Spain) and the Republic of Karelia (Russia), European Region of the Year 2003, or Kiev (Ukraine) and Piedmont (Italy), European Region of the Year 2005. Any region of the 45 member countries of the Council of Europe may apply to be designated as European Region of the Year.

    Fondest memory: The Autonomous Region of Madeira (Portugal) and the German-speaking Community (Belgium) will begin their tenure of the title European Region of the Year 2004 on 1 January, taking over from the Republic of Karelia (Russia) and the Balearic Islands (Spain).

    Madeira will start its tenure as European Region of the Year with a grand fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, at midnight, to see in the New Year.

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    A compact city centre.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Map of the city.

    Favorite thing: Funchal, the capital of the archipelago, combines well a cosmopolitan atmosphere (with numerous bars, hotels and casino) with its historical monuments, museums and a typical and colourful market.

    Fondest memory: Everything can be explored by footh. Parking the car is no prblem at all. Have a look at the map of Funchal and see that all the major attractions are in the very compact city centre.

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    Colorful island of flowers

    by sachara Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    garden with flowers

    Favorite thing: Madeira and Funchal are really the island and town of flowers.
    Nearly every winter we visit Madeira and we are always surprised again about the many flowers and flowering plants.

    Fondest memory: Coming from home with a nude garden and then arriving in this paradise of colours and flowers.

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    Parks, gardens and green

    by sachara Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Funchal is a real green garden city.
    There are a lot of small and large parks everywhere in town and many streets have nice flowering trees. Around the houses, estates and hotels you see also very nicily designed gardens with abundant sub-tropical trees and plants. I think the climate and the soil are really suitable for the most beautiful and fast growing gardens.
    We are always surprised how much the plants have grown, when we return after one year. A real paradise for gardeners and landscape architects, like me.

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    Ribeiras in town

    by sachara Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    ribeira near Rua Carvalho Ararujo

    Favorite thing: The city of Funchal is intersected by deep ribeiras, coming from the mountains and leading to the ocean.
    At some places in town the in- and outcoming roads are following the sides of the ribeiras. Driving a car, it is not always easy to find your way in town, when you are at the wrong side of the ribeira and have to be at a destination at the other side.
    Some ribeiras are deep and wide enough to have a lot of green like flowering trees.

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    Mountainwalk or ride

    by sachara Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    view at Funchal

    Favorite thing: Taking one of the roads uphill in Funchal you will be very soon in a wonderful green landscape of forests, valleys and mountains.
    In this area are also some nice walking paths.
    From nearly every place you will have breathtaking views at the town deep down with the ocean at the background.
    So when you go up, do look back.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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