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Visit Funchal

40 pictures that will make you want to visit Madeira

Spend a few days, walking around this historic Island. Take your camera, visit some museums, listen to live music on the streets and have a glass of madeira wine. Listen to the sounds of the gardens: water flowing, birds singing, flowers blooming, it’s a bliss… See how the waves crash onto the the beach pebbles, hear that noise; addictive and relaxing. It covers all the noises inside your head with nothing but the perception of nature’s power – Meditate. Enjoy the sunsets, I mean, PLEASE enjoy the sunsets. Don’t stay inside when the sun sets (or rises) it would be disrespectful to yourself, to do such a thing. The sun shows are unbeatable, the colors, the clouds, the sea, the seabirds, the dolphins, they’re all frequent costumers here. Gaze at those high mountains. How can lava coming out of a vulcano turn into the greenest forests – the Laurissilva forest, since the ice age to our days. Talk about strong, lasting relationships – this one is a keeper. Meet people. People that live in a …

5 cool things to do when you visit Funchal

I am always happy that anyone wants to visit me and my city – Funchal. You see we (the madeirans) share this passion for the Island and we want visitors to experience the best spots. Funchal is a beautiful city. I know I’m biased since I just love living here (the more I travel the more I appreciate the benefits of this Island), but I challenge you to spend a few days in Funchal and then you can see it for yourself. Here I share 5 cool things to do when someone visits Funchal: # 1 Head to Largo do Socorro Funchal, the capital of Madeira, has three historic districts: Santa Maria (renown as Old Town), São Pedro and Sé. Santa Maria São Pedro |This photo was courtesy of Budgettraveller Sé Cathedral Many of the streets in these areas of Funchal are pedestrian, which means strolling around, photographing and discovering palaces, manor houses from the XIX century (which are now museums), viewpoints overlooking the sea, houses with flower gardens and typical Madeiran pavements made with …

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Funchal ‘Secret Places’ – Sao Pedro

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Despite being in the reach of all those who want to discover Funchal ‘secret places’, this city can still surprise me with unexpected revelations. “Secrets” which are no secret, this post talks more about discoveries in my own city, which share here with you. I hope it inspires you to discover how do your “secret places” in Funchal, look like… Location: Sao Pedro Imagine a neighborhood in the city center, with narrow and steep streets that run towards the sea. It was in the fifteenth century, that the Madeiran families started living in this area, away from Santa Maria do Calhau, now known as Old Town. The houses of this neighborhood have wooden blinders, walls in warm colors and small gardens with bougainvillea. Here one feels the silence, sometimes interrupted by the voices that echo from the televisions. This is where I live, ‘my neighborhood’; Sao Pedro. For me, this area has a special charm. It reminds me of the streets of my childhood, which used to be my playground, …

Top 5 views of Funchal

1. Cable car to Monte Alright, so even if you have vertigo sometimes and you’re a bit scared, a short ride on the Cable car is a slim price to pay for the mountain and sea views you’ll get. Once you reach Monte, check the sights from the top of the Church. 2. Pontinha Either you’re catching the boat to Porto Santo Island or hopping on a tour to watch the dophins, nothing beats the departure/arrival at Funchal’s bay. The views here are amazing and the silhuoette of the mountains provide some serious Photography love. 3. Socorro “Socorro” is the Portuguese word for Mayday and the views plus a drink at sunset, at the nearest coffee will make your day… 4. Pico dos Barcelos This point allows a 360 degree view of the city. Beautiful spot! 5. Pináculo A balcony with a very steep view…