Funchal Things to Do

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    Levada Walking

    by SwedishViking Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    The Levada from Ribeiro Frio to Portela.

    Take buss nr. 56 from Funchal to Ribeiro Frio, costs 2.40 Euro one way. The buss ride takes about 40 min.

    The Levada from Ribeiro Frio to Portela is one of the most popular levadas in Madeira. It takes between 3 and 4 hours the 12 kilometres to Portela and the route is very beautiful and scenic.

    There is a trout farm in Ribeiro Frio and sometimes you can se trout's swimming in the levada, it's fun to see them swimming by in high speed...

    Few things are so relaxing and peaceful then walk in slow pace on a levada. I really recommend every visitor to Madeira to do the same, you won't regret it!

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    Cable car trip.

    by CDM7 Updated Oct 19, 2013

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    Take the Cable car to Monte.
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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 ,up 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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    Madeira cable car

    by sachara Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Madeira Cable Car or Teleferico operates between Funchal and Monte.
    There are 41 cabines and the modern system can handle a maximum of 800 passengers an hour.
    Normally we visit Monte by car, but walking along the promenade and looking at the cabines going up and down, we decided to take the cable car uphill.
    We had the cabine with 8 seats for ourselves and had a splendid panorama of the town, the port, the ocean and the mountains all aorund. It was nice to look down at the winding roads, steep ribeiras and houses with the red roofs. So we really enjoyed our ride.

    The ride one way lasts about 15 minutes.
    Operation times from 10.00 am till 7.00 pm
    One way: 8 euro.
    Round trip: 13 euro.
    Children 4-14 years: half price.
    Children 0-4 years: free.

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    Quinta das Cruzes, historical garden

    by sachara Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    window frame, Quinta das Cruzes

    Not only in the museum, but also outdoors in the garden are historical objects to see.
    In the wonderful ambiance of trees and flowering plants you can see tombstones, coats of arms (like the one of Portugal with the five wounds of Christ, the seven Moorish castles and the crown of the king) and sculptures.
    The most striking objects are the two window frames (1577), nicily decorated in the Manueline style. With the ivy, growing abundantly around, they look really nice.

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  • Botantical Gardens - Funchal...well worth a visit

    by Quillinglady Written Jan 27, 2008

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    Botantical Gardens well worth a visit. Entrance was Euros 3 in December 2007 The gardens are built on terraces so have some great views also of Funchal and the Harbour. Lots of different plants, flowers, trees to see. Plenty of seats too. The cafe was still closed, but there are seats still in the area with two vending machines one for cold drinks, the other for chocolate...best of all why not bring your own picnic...I am sure you will not be disappointed with a visit here. It is certainly one of the best value paid gardens in Funchal.

    After you have visited the gardens, near to the exit there is a parrot, turn right and you will fid the bird park (mainly birds, but has a very large old tortoise and some turtles).

    The Botanical Garden boasts harmonious forms, contrasting colours and more than 2000 plants. It is government owned and, apart from being a beautiful place of leisure, it also serves as a Science and Culture Centre. Throughout the gardens visitors can find the plants labelled with their scientific names, common name and origin.

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    JARDIM BOTANICO DA MADEIRA - BOTANIC GARDENS

    by Nina-Maarit Written Dec 23, 2003

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    Jardim Botanico da Madeira

    This beautiful garden has delighted visitors since 1960. It houses more than 2000 exotic plants from all continents. The garden also serves as a conservation centre, and many plants suffering the risk of extinction are being studied there.

    The Botanic Gardens are open from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

    The entrance fee is 3 euros for adults and 1 euro for children (7-18 yrs). The same ticket entitles you to a free entry to the parrot park next door.

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    Pico dos Barcelos

    by ettenaj Updated Nov 29, 2003

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    Views over Funchal

    At 1,207 feet, this peak provides an excellent view over Funchal. Take the Rua Dr Pita north from the Hotel Zone, bearing left along Caminho de Santo Martinho. This leads to the church of Sao Martinho, which enjoys a dominant position overlooking the west of the city. Turn right here and you will reach Pico do Barcelos

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    IBTAM Museum

    by salinhopt Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    Funchal - IBTAM museum

    The museum centre of the Madeiran Institute for embroidery, tapestry and handicrafts is a non-pompous and discreet look at the role and economy of three areas of handiwork still practised today in Madeira: that is, embroidery, tapestry, and handicraft work - especially wickerwork. The centrepiece of the museum is the collection of valuable 19th and early 20th century embroidered cloths and decorative pieces.

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    Praca de Colombo

    by salinhopt Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Funchal - Praca de Colombo

    This square in unique in Funchal. Recently restored you can find here The City of Sugar Museum that serves as a retrospective on the history of Funchal guided along the central theme of sugar - the industry that helped shape the early vestiges of Funchal, and Madeira.

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    City of lovely squares and nice buildings

    by sachara Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    The centre of Funchal has lovely squares with fountains, nicily decorated paved pedestrian streets and nice buildings like churches, mansions, some museums.
    The Sé cathedral of Funchal (in the middle of the picture), started in 1485 and about 30 years later completed, is one of the oldest buildings in town. The interior of the cathedral is rather dark. The ceiling is made of wood in a Moorish style.

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    Lovely streets in the centre of Funchal

    by sachara Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    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.

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    Museu Municipal and Museu da Quinta das Cruzes

    by sachara Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    Entrance of  the Quinta da Cruzes

    Directly west and north of the church of Sao Pedro we visited two museums.
    At the corner of the Rua de Mouraria the Museu Municipal in a mansion of the 18th century, with many balconies and windows. This museum has a large aquarium, an ethnographical and a natural-historical section.
    North of the Museum Municipal is the Museu da Quinta da Cruzes with decorative art, furniture and antiques.
    For the entrance of the Quinta da Cruzes we saw some beautiful trees.

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    Quinta das Cruzes

    by sachara Written Nov 21, 2003

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    Quinta das Cruzes

    The Quinta das Cruzes is an historical site.
    This is the place of the house, where Joao Goncalves Zarco (who discovered the Madeira island in 1419) spent the last years of his life.
    In 1527 the Franciscan monastery of Santa Cruz is built at this place. Nowadays you can still see some remains, down the stairs at the courtyard.
    Later the present mansion with beautiful balconies and windows is built. The mansion is now a museum with all kind of furniture, porcellain from England, China, Portugal and Madeira, vases from Sevres, Limoges, Chantilly and Meiszen, ivory and terra-cotta statues, aquarels, engravings, crystal carafes and much more.
    Opening hours:
    10.00 till 12.30 and 14.00 till 18.00 hours
    Closed at mondays.

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    Quinta das Cruzes, botanical garden

    by sachara Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    bird of paradise flower

    The botanical of Quinta das Cruzes is wonderful.
    You can read the signs and see that the plants and trees come from all over the world, like the juniperus virginiana from Florida, the gigantic fern, feto arboreo from Australia, the strelitzia augusta from South Africa, a chorisia from Brasil, a palmtree from Java.
    Further we saw jacaranda, laurel, dragontree and a lot of pots with orchids and anthuriums. And of course the bird of paradise flowers, the icon of the island.

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    Convento de Santa Clara

    by sachara Written Nov 21, 2003

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    Convento de Santa Clara

    The Convento de Santa Clara or the monastery of Santa Clara is the oldest monastery of the island. In 1452 Zarco ordered to build a church as a burial place for his family.
    The church is restored in the 17th century. In the monastery lived first the Poor Clares and later the Franciscan nuns till in 1910 the monastery life was forbidden by the Portuguese government. Nowadays the white nuns, who live here, have the care for hundreds of children.
    To see inside are azulejo tiles at the walls, wooden ceilings, tombs, altars, sculptures and paintings.

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