Funchal : capital of Madeira

Funchal, capital of Madeira

Just over 111,000 inhabitants (2011 figures) in Funchal, capital of Madeira. It's true that when you think of Madeira, you imagine small villages, flowers, but the reality is quite different. The town of Funchal was founded in 1421 and means Fennel (because as you can imagine, wild fennel was growing there when the Portuguese arrived on the island. Yes, of course it breaks the myth). Surprisingly enough, there were battles during the First World War, due to the strategic position of the island in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean.

What to do in Funchal?

Spending a day visiting the capital Funchal is probably a must. Of course, there are the must-sees such as the various tropical gardens, especially the tropical monte palace, or the city centre, but there are also more secret and unknown places. In any case, given the size of the city, it will be necessary to be well organised, and the bus will undoubtedly be the ideal means of transport for this.

How do I get around Funchal?

The best way to discover Funchal is on foot and by bus. You can also use a rental car or even taxis to get from one part of the city to another. You can also use the cable cars to go to the Monte district or to visit the botanical gardens.