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Travel Guide to Madeira- tips from a local

Free Travel Guide To Madeira Great places to eat, see, drink and enjoy – tips from a local! (I did this guide once for a friend of a friend that came to Madeira for the first time, a few months ago. It was based on my personal preferences. I’ve decided to share it on the blog so that you can use it and share it as an extra help to planning your stay. Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. ) If you’re coming to Funchal, you should allow yourself at least 3 nights stay. There’s so much to see, taste and enjoy, you’ll leave with the will to come back for more, or at least I hope you do, with my tips 🙂 If you want to explore the full Island then come for at least 6 nights and rent a car to make the most of your time. (If you don’t like driving then there are also many tours available. You can book them directly at your hotel or online . There are many taxi …

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…

5 Gardens / Parks to visit in Funchal

With Autumn at your doorsteps, nothing like a walk in the park to take us out of the house and recharge our batteries. Alone, with children, dog, friends or family, here are some suggestions for the beautiful gardens and parks you’ll find in Funchal, entirely FREE…Enjoy! 1. Santa Luzia Garden It was Hinton’s old sugar factory with its colossal Tower making history. It has five themed gardens: the Amphitheater Garden, where the outdoor cinema festival, the Tropical Garden, the Water Garden, the Garden of the Terraces and the Garden of the Laurissilva, with the indigenous vegetation of Madeira, Unesco. It has a nice cafe, two playgrounds, one of them with a labyrinth to hide… 🙂 Open from 8-21h Rua 31 de Janeiro.   2. Pico Fortress Garden The Pico Fortress is the big attraction of this park. The playground is excellent especially for those with small children. The Café da Fortaleza is right across the street… a spout, the newspaper and the well-deserved rest. It also works as a viewpoint and has a view of …