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    Cable car trip.

    by CDM7 Updated Dec 14, 2014

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    A good way of getting excellent views of Funchal is to take the cable car up to Monte.The cable car leaves from the promenade in Funchal by the old town. Whilst up there be sure to visit the Monte Palace tropical gardens or take a toboggan ride steered by smartly dressed carreiros for the 1 mile trip from Monte to Livre-mento,it is then possible to get the bus back down to Funchal.
    Just over 3 km from base station to Monte with average speed of 4 meters per second.Travelling time 15 minutes.39 gondolas each with 7 seats.One way 10 euros,return 15 euros.(Oct.2012)

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    Hiking

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    Hiking is one of the favorite sports for the adventurers that visit Madeira. "Levadas" are a must, but the trail between the two greatest peaks - Areeiro and Ruivo is also a big challenge.

    It takes time, something that we hadn't.

    ...And if we had there is much more to see and do before that, I must confess!

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    Pico do Areeiro

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

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    It's a mandatory trip, the visit of one of the highest peaks in Madeira. Only a few minutes driving from Funchal, the views are gorgeous, generally with clouds at our feet. Down there, in a deep and squeezed valley, Curral das Freiras is the most remote village in the island.

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    Regional court

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    A big building in the historic centre is the palace of justice. It is not pretty but it shows the typical architecture of the dictatorship that ruled Portugal in 1962 when it was inaugurated. It's a pity, the bad integration with the local architecture that surrounds it.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    At the end of the 15th century the architect Pêro Anes was sent by king Manuel I to plan the cathedral of Funchal, that was finished in 1514.
    It has a Gothic style, the roof with a Mudejar design in cedar wood. The exterior walls are made of stone from Cabo Girão. Inside there's a silver processional cross, offered by the King and considered one of the masterpieces of Manueline metalwork.

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    S Tiago fort

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    Built in 1614, when Portugal was ruled by a Spanish king, it suffered several modifications until 1992, when it started being used as contemporary art museum. The entrance costs 3€ (1.50 to seniors and children).

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    S Tiago Church

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    Situated in Socorro square, this church was initially built in 1523, to pray for the end of the black plague. Remodeled in the 17th century, it was totally demolished in 1752 and rebuilt in 1768, larger and with a new concept.

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    Santa Maria

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    St Maria Maior is the oldest quarter of Funchal, and maybe the prettiest, dominated by the church of the same name, built in Baroque style in the 18th century. It suffered several adaptations losing almost all the original characteristics. The most important detail is the wooden door.

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    St Lourenço Fort

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    Initially built as a fortress in the 16th century, this big building was used as a defensive place but also as a palace. It was the central and decisive point in many political and military events, with a very rich history.
    Neglected in the beginning of last century, it was used as a base to a revolution in 1931, and, classified as a national monument in 1943 it is now used as the residence of the Minister of the Republic.

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    Pillory

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    The old centre of town is marked by a pillory, sent to the island in 1468 by king Manuel I. The streets changed with time, but the pillory remained. It was being recovered from the damages of the flooding when we were there.

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    Beach

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    There is no good beach in Funchal. A few artificial constructions allow access to the sea, but sand is something that I didn't see. A few small pebble areas are used as beaches, and the least bad may be S. Tiago, by the fort, with showers.

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    Monte Palace

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

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    The most famous of the many gardens in Funchal is the tropical garden of Monte palace. Property of one of the richest locals it is the base of Berardo foundation, being open to public visit a museum and the garden.

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    Monte - Fountain square

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

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    The centre of the area called Monte is the fountain square, a place where everybody gathers, after parking in the few slots in the area. Street souvenirs vendors surround the small fountain in marble, built as a small chapel in the 19th century.

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    Monte park

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    Rivalling the wonderful private gardens in the palaces of Monte, this small park is also very beautiful. With several local and exotic plants, the main attraction is a lake with the map of the island engraved in the rocks.

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    Monte church

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

    A Baroque church from the 18th century, with a long staircase, is a good sightseeing point over the bay. It has some interesting golden pieces, and the tomb of Charles Habsburg, emperor of Austria, dead in Madeira during the exile. Nearby is the starting point to the sliding baskets.

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