This church dates originally from the 16th century. Although much of the building was actually completed during the 17th and 18th centuries, the church as we see it today is impressive, with its "mannerist" door, chairs dating from 1633 and a beautiful set of azulejo tiles from 17th and 18th centuries.
Also take the chance to visit Saint Peter's historical area.
The first institution of national education to appear in the middles of the XVI century, for regal letter of D. Sebastião, 20 of August of 1569, was created the college of the Jesuits of the Funchal. In 1599 it was initiated the construction of the great building of the College, in the center of the city, where today it is installed the Madeira University.
Wonderful day out in Santana just after having this picture taken we saw a local woman going down the road with a huge amount of hay on her head, we both burst out laughing as you could only see her from the waist down , it was really comical.
Whatever you do whilst in Madeira you must take time to drive inland from the coast. The scenery is totally breathtaking, so are some of the bends in the roads!!!, fabulous villages seem to sit in the valley', at every turn there is something awesome to see.
The Vicentes Photographic Museum was the first photographic studio to open in Portugal. The photographs on display allow us to witness an island and its society through the lens of a camera which includes subject matters such as the great industrial and social changes, cultural revolutions, hunger revolts, wars, and political and economic upheavals of the years that spanned more than 100 years across two centuries.
One of Madeira's hidden secrets, Rabacal is a one-house town at the eastern end of the Ribiera da Janela. If you decide to g take a picnic as it is quite remote. It is an adventurous drive down a steep and winding single lane ( without crash barriers!!) that decends into a vivid green revine for just over a mile.It is a marvellous opportunity to samplethe unspoilt interior of Madeira and to appreciate the unique pleasures of levada walking.
Wander through the gardens to the Babosas panoramic view point stopping along the way at the famous Monte church where the last Austrian-Hungarian emperor, Karl I lies buried. His name is intimately linked to the neighbourhood, because he lived for a number of years at Monte Villa (Quinta do Monte).
This is a centre point for the town. It typifies the architectural period known as the New State (Estado Novo). The facade has a panel of tiles in a semi-circle, two tiled panels at the main entrance and several others in the section devoted to fish.
We really enjoyed our short walk of nearly two hours from Santa Quiteria to the Socorridos Valley and back. The valley is rough and scenic.
You can take another way, but we prefered the same path back, because we parked our car in Santa Quiteria. The views inland were totally different of the views towards the ocean, so we didn't regret to take the same route again.
We walked the Levada Nova along the valley.
You can walk to Faja and back. North of Faja it is not any longer possible to walk along the Levada do Curral, because of a fire in 1992.
The slopes of the Socorridos Valley are rather steep, so you can have a problem, if you have fear of heights.
At narrow parts of the levada are mostly fenches, but be careful, sometimes they are broken, like we found here.
Visiting Madeira island is enjoying walking along levadas. And even just in or near Funchal you can find nice areas for walking.
One of the levada walks starts in Santa Quiteria, not far from the viewpoint Pico dos Barcelos, west of the road to Curral das Freiras.
You can take bus nr. 8 or 16 to Santa Quiteria or come by car.
From the busstop you have to take a road down and will find the levada after 10 minutes. Turn right an after following the levada zig-zag along some houses and gardens entrances you will reach the wonderful Socorridos Valley after 25 minutes.
It is amazing, just outside Funchal and in allready in the middle of the rough nature.
The old neighbourhood of Santa Maria is where the settlement of the island started more than five centuries ago, in the area today known as the Old Town. Its narrow streets are paved with cobblestones and lined with the ancient facades of the picturesque houses.
Quinta da Cruzes museum collection includes Portuguese and foreign furniture from the 16th to 19th centuries. Porcelain from the Portuguese East India Company and from Europe. Portuguese painted dishware from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Indo-Portuguese and European ivory objects. Flemish and Portuguese sculpture from the 15th to the 18th century. Nativity scenes or cribs from the 18th and 19th centuries and paintings from the 16th to 19th centuries.
Funchal has its fair share of public gardens and this one - St Caterina - is passed if you walk from the hotel zone into town rather than catching a bus or taxi. Its a shame that the lovely statues there have had graffiti scrawled over them - a problem not unique to Madeira -but the gardens are pleasant with views over the harbour and a little white seventeenth-centry chapel - Capela de Santa Catarina.
The Pico dos Barcelos is a viewpoint about 1km above the hotel zone of Funchal. We stopped here on the way to Nun's Valley for the views over Funchal and the surrounding peaks. A sheer coincidence I have just found out is that one of the photos we took here (shown on intro page for Madeira) shows the home of VT member Salinhopt - what a shame we didn't get to meet :-(