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If you’re staying in the Hotel Zone – Estrada Monumental or in a neighbouring area, you can walk to the centre of Funchal, following the Estrada Monumental to the Infante Roundabout. Before reaching the roundabout, take the path through the Santa Catarina Park,

Parque de Santa Catarina

where you find beautiful specimens of trees and plants from all over the world and a beautiful view of the bay of Funchal and its amphitheatre. After the Infante Roundabout, continue on along the Avenida Zarco, passing by

Teatro Municipal Baltazar DiasJardim MunicipalAdegas de São Francisco - Madeira Wine

the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre and Municipal Gardens, to the São Francisco Madeira Wine Cellars where you can taste the various kinds of Madeira Wine. Continuing along Avenida Zarco you will come to the Funchal Cathedral, a must-see to take in the beauty of its mudejar-style ceiling. Pass through the centre of Funchal, walking along the Rua do Aljube with its typical flower sellers and continue along Rua Fernão de Ornelas to the Mercado dos Lavradores  (Farmers’ Market).

Sé Catredal do FunchalMercado dos Lavradores


After visiting the Market head for the Rua de Santa Maria – Old Town,  the Historic Centre of Santa Maria, and take the opportunity to visit the Madeira Story Centre to learn about the history of Madeira from the time of its discovery in 1419.

Núcleo Histórico de Santa Maria Madeira Story Centre

There, in that area, you will find a number of restaurants with the traditional cuisine of Madeira, where you can have lunch before going to Monte. From Campo Almirante Reis you can take the cable car to Monte, one of the most pleasant locations in Funchal, a trip that takes about 15 minutes.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do MonteJardins Monte Palace Carros-de-Cesto

At Monte you can visit the beautiful and luxuriant Monte Palace Gardens and the Church of Our Lady of Monte, patron saint of Madeira. You can return to Funchal by cable car or by the famous wicker sledges to Livramento.




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