Are you visiting Funchal and looking for a checklist?
I have an ambiguous relationship with checklists when I travel. Sometimes I do love them, others I don’t…See, while this checklist in Funchal is useful to make sure you don’t miss out good attractions, it’s also important to wanderlust and discover your favourite spots.
In the meantime, you can check a few of my favourite spots in Funchal and start ticking those boxes! 🙂
√ Stroll along Avenida Arriaga all the way from the Cathedral. At the heart of the city, you’ll find the most elegant cafes, a lovely garden, the tourism post office and the Theatre – get inside (it’s beautiful)!
√ Admire the colourful street art in the painted doors of the pedestrian street Rua Santa Maria. Go early in the morning (fewer crowds) if you want to see the urban art on the painted doors, or later in the evening to have dinner, drink Poncha or listen to some music.
√ Admire one of the most beautiful church squares in town – Largo do Município – and visit the beautiful city hall nearby.
√ Go for a long walk by the seaside at Lido Promenade, cross the tunnel at Doca do Cavacas and refresh yourself with a swim in the Formosa Beach. Sit quietly and watch the sunset as you listen to the sound of the waves – it’s super!
√ Visit the Farmer’s Market. Smell it, feel it and eat it! If you want to grab a bite at the market, you can try the typical sandwich of pork, wine and garlic by the hands of those that have been doing it for 27 years – Cica Café. If you’re vegetarian, check this list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Funchal, Olive’s is nearby.
√ Head to the marina and hop on a boat to see the outstanding views of Funchal from the sea and with some luck, dolphin’s jumps in the waves.
√ Visit the local gardens and let yourself be driven by the local “Carreiros” in a wicker basket, down the hill. Monte, in Funchal, is (as far as I know…) the only place in the world where you can go for a ride like this so go for it!
√ Photobomb a selfie with the CR7 statue and then relax in the city park – Santa Catarina Park. Take the kids to the playground in the park.
√ Forget the diet and taste some food at a local restaurant: Tomato soup, scabbard fish, tuna steak, passion fruit pudding, Honey Cake (to name just a few typical dishes in Madeira).
√ See the 360 º views of Funchal at Pico dos Barcelos. Welcome to beautiful Funchal!
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