For over five centuries, Funchal has been the prosperous capital city of Madeira, Portugal. Churches, parks, gardens, and markets abound in Funchal, so you can do plenty of sightseeing and shopping in the city.
Funchal is a beautiful city to explore and we have listed some of our favorite things to do in Funchal while visiting;
Shopping can be done wherever you are in the city. There are small artisan shops, craft and souvenir stores, and a few shopping complexes in Funchal, and you can choose a shopping destination that best suits your taste and budget.
The Old Town of Funchal is easily walkable. Exploring the historic center on foot can bring you to narrow cobblestone streets, ancient houses that even date back to the 15th century, and a variety of stalls, restaurants, and bars. Dining in the Old Town will let you taste authentic Madeira cuisine that is sure to capture your appetite.
Strolling along the lush Madeira Botanical Gardens is a pleasant activity that you can do in Funchal. You can find over 2,000 plants in the area, plus a collection of parrots and parakeets.
Although the city goes pretty quiet at night, there are still a handful of bars and clubs where you can have an extraordinary nightlife experience. If you want to spend a night at the beach, you can hop on a boat and head to Porto Santo, a charming island with a spectacular beach community.
The subtropical climate of Funchal features two distinct seasons: a rainy season from October through March and a dry season from April through September. Average temperatures throughout the year vary little and ranges from 16.6 – 23.2 °C (61.9 – 73.8 °F).
June to August, the summer season in the city, sees the most number of tourists each year. Many people choose to visit Funchal during the summer because there is very little to no chances of rain, which means that the weather is ideal for some shopping, sightseeing, and swimming.
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