Funchal is a beautiful city and the capital of Madeira. The city finds a wonderful location overlooking the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The city is wonderful to relax in and enjoy the beauty of nature. Apart from offering beautiful views, Funchal also offers travellers with a wide range of adventure activities like paragliding, diving, snorkeling, etc. The city also serves as one of the main ports of call for several Atlantic cruises. A ride on the Funchal Cable Car is highly recommended to see exotic views of the city.
The city was originally a small village which has developed into one of the prime hubs in Madeira. However the city does keep up its old charm and visiting the markets in Funchal gives visitors an ideal about the culture and the lifestyle of the locals. The city center of Funchal is quite small and good to walk around. There are some wonderful gardens in Funchal like the Jardins Do Palheiro, Madeira Botanical Gardens and the Monte Palace Hotel Gardens. The Sao Lourenco Palace is a great place to visit.
The best things that visitors can buy in the city are fresh fruits and flowers. Mercado dos Lavradores is the best place to shop in the city.
Funchal is served by the Funchal Airport also known as the Madeira International Airport. From the airport visitors can take taxis or private cars to get to the city.
There are no halal restaurants in Funchal; however visitors can find a few places that serve vegetarian food. Some good places where visitors can find vegetarian food include Delhi Indian Restaurant, Olives, Istanbul Restaurant, Taj Mahal, etc. Visitors should enquire about the ingredients of the dishes before dining.
Al Tawheed Mosque provides prayer facilities for Muslim travelers.