Monday, March 22, 2010
Funchal is the capital of Madeira, a Portuguese island, founded around 1425. Former field of fennel, erected in the city in 1508, Funchal, nowadays, a large city with a beautiful landscape with its different flowers. With its temperate climate, this town has become a popular tourist resort, with its beautiful beaches, famous wine recommended to accompany the local dishes.
Features of the city of Funchal
Funchal is a city in Portugal located in the south coast of Madeira. It has beautiful beaches where the sea is breaking on impressive cliffs. It also includes a port of call for cruise ships that's known, sometimes, the pearl of the Atlantic Ocean. This city stands out from other cities by its Portuguese cobblestones made with the alternation of white and black. All streets are thronged with merchants from all varieties of flowers of all colors and giving a certain exoticism to the locality. Fall is the ideal season to come to Funchal with an ambient temperature around 17 ° and 20 ° C. From Roissy and Orly, one arrives to Madeira 4 h 30 min flight and it takes half an hour to reach Funchal either by bus or by bus of a few euros or a taxi for a little more a twenty euros.
Accommodation and culture of Funchal
La Quinta or boutique hotel is the main accommodation in the city and travel agencies offer packages for short or long stays including airfare, breakfast and room. The hotel facilities to ensure comfort of their customers and provide them with various activities such as swimming pool, fitness center and room service. Funchal is coveted in high season and holiday ideas are sold by phone or Internet.
Travel to Funchal offers an enjoyable stay and we could bring back a section of that journey, such as embroidery and basket weaving, local art, handmade, including the famous wicker products, gingerbread and the famous wine country one can enjoy for free. Funchal is a city of gourmets with its different specialties among which include soup and poached egg, and fish dishes including swordfish, grilled beef or deviande pork quite relieved. Furthermore, tropical fruits that are invading the city are numerous including papayas, mangoes and corrosol but Funchal pastries like donuts and delicious cakes, are also tasty. In addition, this town knows several cultural events, like the famous annual carnival which takes place in April, or New Year's Day and flowers, hence the nickname of the city, the garden of the sea The latter gives rise to a large parade of floats containing different kinds of flowers, accompanied by music that burst from all sides, bringing joy to local people and tourists.
The city also has various activities to suit all tastes, whether for a cultural, resort and sports. The cycling or walking, for the more adventurous, are possible on the hills of Pico Ruivo, at Porto Moniz, or the botanical garden. One can also indulge in leisure activities such as hang gliding, paragliding or unusual slide in the streets of Funchal with a wicker. Being an old volcanic area where the lava has left traces natural location lends itself favorably to various sports including abseiling, climbing, and whitewater rafting and biking, but the diving and fishing are not left and are very popular with tourists.
Places to visit
Privileged centers of the city of Funchal are not counting the multiple natural and can eg wine production facility in St. Francis, 150 years old. Otherwise, Madeira has a natural park with a dense forest, suitable for a stroll, but if you prefer to sunbathe, the beautiful beaches are unique landscapes. The market for fruits and flowers of Funchal, the Mercado dos lavraderos, is a must. The Museum of Art is also very famous for his paintings and sculptures while the Flemish botanical garden of rare beauty. Among the historical monuments of the city include museums and churches or the former convent located in the heart of the village of Curral. The most popular are the Se Cathedral, City Hall, buildings dating from the eighteenth century and the sugar museum and visit the nature reserve Garajau is also interesting.