Sitting on Madeira's south coast is the capital city of Funchal, boasting quaint cobbled streets with alluring architecture, modern shopping malls and a stylish marina. Holidays to Funchal are all about flitting between its four beautiful beaches during the day and hitting the cocktail bars at night, with plenty of upmarket restaurants to dine in too. One of the top destinations for winter sun or early spring getaways, Funchal has balmy year-round temperatures and with fabulous last minutes holidays and a great range of hotels to choose from, couples, families and friends will not be disappointed.
You'll find all sorts to explore in this 500-year-old capital, but the famous flower-scented gardens are a must-visit for nature lovers, and then, of course, the beaches are a huge pull. You'll discover an olde worlde atmosphere in the old town, which lets hints of tradition slip through the city's cosmopolitan vibe. If planned wisely, Funchal is not that expensive to travel and you can visit major tourist spots via its Monte cable car – which serves up panoramic views of the city, too. Funchal witnesses a pretty moderate climate all year-round, the summers are dry and the winter months experience slight rains. The best time to visit Funchal is during the months of spring, however you could also visit during the winters and witness spectacular new year fireworks.
Madeira Airport is the nearest airport to Funchal located at a distance of 21 km from the city. Whether you're looking to go away for a weekend or longer, Funchal holidays are fantastic for colourful city breaks.
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