Funchal Attractions Guide

There are several places in Funchal that you have to include in your itinerary and here are some of them: 1. Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro – If you want to see a splendid mansion surrounded by marvelous garden, then you definitely have to see Quinta do Palheiro. You cannot enter the mansion itself but you will certainly enjoy the panoramic view and the beautiful collection of flowers in the open gardens. Take wonderful pictures of you and your friends in the stunning natural background. It’s best to come here in the morning especially in the cool month of December. 2. Funchal Harbor – If you’re visiting Funchal in the month of June, plan it on a Saturday so you’ll get to see the striking harbor enlivened by firework competitions which are hosted by different countries every week of the said month. It’s totally free so you don’t have to worry about the cost. Set with appropriately smooth musical background and lasting more than twenty minutes, it’s one of the most wonderful fireworks displays you could ever experience so don’t miss it. 3. Eira do Serrado – Less than a thirty-minute drive to the north of the city is an incredible island that will provide you with unique and refreshing views of Madeira’s mountains and Nun’s Valley. The ground is rich and fertile and the locals actually make a living from chestnut and cherry that can be found all over the place. The Chestnut Festival is held in November so try your best to see it. It is pretty interesting to know that the island used to be part of some prehistoric volcano. 4. East Madeira Island – Experience a delightful tour of bird watching in East Madeira where a variety of bird species make up a tremendously enjoyable sight for everyone. The tour is done by car and it enables you to stop in some areas such as parks and hot spots. Here you can really observe the birds in their natural habitats and be familiar with their homes, the sounds they make and their lifestyles. 5. Sé Cathedral – this church happens to be the first cathedral in Funchal. You can see that it is quite grand and majestic in terms of size and its architecture has both Roman and Moorish features. This exquisite edifice once housed many treasured pieces which are now to be found all over Funchal’s museums such as the Sacred Art Museum. But don’t with contented by looking at its charming façade – go inside to see and feel the unique wood carvings, paintings and other notable articles inside the church. 6. Monte – The most exciting feature of Monte is none other than the toboggan run, a downhill adventure on a wicker basket that heads towards Livramento. It’s pretty fast and that’s what makes it exciting. Nonetheless, some amazing gardens can also be seen in the upper areas of the town together with the historical church of Senhora do Monte which serves as the burial site of the last emperor of Hasburg, Charles I of Austria. The wonderful view of the tropical garden plus the Gondola lift that you need to take in order to get from the heart of the Funchal to Monte will make your visit to this place absolutely unforgettable.