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    Corpo Santo square

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014
    Corpo Santo - Madeira
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    A delicious area in Funchal, in the old city, with houses remembering a small village, only with the touristy commerce calling us back to reality. There's a small old chapel with the same name, but only the facade is original

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    St João Evangelista

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    S Jo��o Evangelista church - Funchal

    Built in the 17th century, this church evidences the transition from the European Mannerist style to Portuguese Baroque. It gives a strong sensation of wealth and richness, with dense gilded decoration, large paintings and tiles contrasting with the simple external look.

    It is located in the centre of the city.

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    City Hall

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    City Hall - Funchal

    Town Hall, is a good example of civil architecture from the 18th century. Black stone surrounds door and windows, each one of the with a balcony in the first stage or protected by iron gratings in the ground floor.

    An arch leads to a nice interior yard with a marble statue.

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    Barcelos peek

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    Pico de Barcelos - Funchal
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    One of the best sightseeing points in Funchal is Pico de Barcelos. Located 355 meters above sea level I think that it is not served by public transport, so, unless you are agood climber a taxi (or tour) will be needed.

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    Autonomy

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014
    Autonomia square - Funchal

    In 1987 a statue created by the local artist Ricardo Velosa was erected close to the airport, to celebrate the autonomy. In 1990 it was transferred to the local position, right in the centre of town.

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    Alfândega

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014
    Alfandega - Funchal
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    Customs office used for almost 500 years a beautiful building that houses today the regional Parliament. In the middle of last century a new and larger building was constructed facing the sea, following the project of a famous Portuguese architect - João Faria da Costa.

    The nicest detail is a big statue, well integrated in the facade that seems conceived to protect it.

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    Sightseeing

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    The island is small, but provides different landscapes. The best way to see them is to rent a car, as we did, but taxis are prepared to negotiate daily and well planned trips, acting as guides.

    The changes in the weather and landscape in minutes, as we climb moving between northern and southern sides are spectacular.

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    Flowers

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    Madeira is for a long time managed to tourism, betting in a good image of the island. Flowers are an easy and useful detail to embellish it, and the island display many gardens with great quality. Even in the wild, we may see flowers everywhere, some of theme endemic, and some other so extensively displayed that, I think, there were human hands helping nature. Good taste, of course.

    I've never been there in May for the festivities of flowers, but the references are great.

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    Curral das Freiras

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    Curral das Freiras - Madeira
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    I've been in the war, in Angola, where I met a soldier, so primitive that he got sick anytime we forced him to take a bath. He was from Madeira, and the first time he saw the sea, was when he went to Funchal to join the army. Of course, the army provided him his first bed.

    Unbelievable, isn't it?

    No! In a short drive from Funchal it´s possible to imagine the enclosure of many people, and their life constraints. Curral das Freiras is the best example, and... my God... with a breathtaking landscape.

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    Farmer's market

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013
    Mercado dos Lavradores - Funchal
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    One of the highlights in Funchal is the market built during the dictatorship. A lively place, shows the diversity of local production, obviously with flowers in evidence.

    inaugurated in 1940 in the central area of the city, it keeps playing a very important role in local distribution. there are some interesting tiles.

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    Toboggan Rides, Church of Nossa Senhora and Poncha

    by hdv63 Written Nov 2, 2013

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    Monte, Church of Nossa Senhora
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    here are several words synonymous to Monte and ‘toboggan ride’ is surely one of them! Originally a fast means of transport down to Funchal for people living in Monte, these toboggan sledges appeared around 1850.

    Still in use today, they attract thousands of tourists every year who want to make this exciting experience of sliding at high speed on narrow, winding streets down to Funchal. These two-seater wicker sledges glide on wooden runners, pushed and steered by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothes and a straw hat, using their rubber-soled boots as brakes.
    The downhill journey to Funchal is made in about 10 minutes on a total course of 2 km, reaching at times a speed of 48 km/hour. Adventurous, yet safe, an ‘old-fashioned’ toboggan ride to make your way down from Monte is the perfect contrast to the high-technology cable car going up to Monte.
    Find the Monte toboggans at the bottom of the stairs leading to the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church (tel. 291 783 919)

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    Monte, Muncipal Garden

    by hdv63 Written Nov 2, 2013

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    Monte, Muncipal Garden
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    One of its long lost features was a rack railway, which connected Monte with Funchal. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of steel to help fuel the war against the Nazis in the Second World War, the track was dismantled and the train taken out of service. Vestiges of the railway can still be seen today, particularly at the bottom of the hill where the original base station still exists.
    The beautiful Muncipal Garden is situader right under the former railway track, on which is now a road.

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    Monte, Botanical Gardens

    by hdv63 Written Nov 2, 2013

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    This small village perched up in the hills overlooking Funchal, 6 km away from the centre of the capital, was formerly a health resort for Europe's high society.
    Covering more than 1,600 meters at 220 meters high, the Botanical Gardens cable car (total 12 cabins, maximum 8 passengers each) starts off at the “Quinta do Bom Sucesso” and ends at the Monte Station. This ride offers you a stunning view over Funchal Bay and Valley of Ribeira de João Gomes.
    At the Botanical Gardens main station, one can visit one if the island´s most popular venue, the Botanical Gardens, but please note that the cost of entry to the Botanical Gardens is not included in the cable car rate. Tickets must be purchased at the venue. Both stations have snack bars which possess amazing panoramic views of Funchal bay and its surrounding areas.

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    Funchal Cathedral

    by CDM7 Updated Oct 19, 2013

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    Funchal Cathedral
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    This cathedral marks the social heart of Funchal.It is here you will find the pavement cafes,which are popular meeting places for people who live and work in the city centre.A favourite place for tourists also,where you can sit and have a coffee or beer and watch the world go by.
    The cathedral was started in 1493,consecrated in 1514,and completed in 1517. From the exterior the cathedral looks very plain,but enter and you will find its interior lined with,paintings,statues and gold covered chapels.

    Open 9am - 12.15pm
    4 - 6pm daily
    Free entry.

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    Visit Blandys Wine Lodge

    by CDM7 Updated Oct 19, 2013

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    Madeira's wine industry was nearly wiped out when the vines were attacked by mildew in 1851,and by the vine louse in 1872.
    Today it is big business,and a tour of the wine lodge is worth visiting.Here you can learn about the history of the wine,its development, and evolution over the last 200 years.The tour lasts about 45 minutes and our guide Sophia made it an interesting and fun tour.
    At the end of the tour you have the chance of tasting three different wines, and can then purchase them in the shop if required.

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