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Introduction

Funchal

Funchal

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Funchal is the capital of the autonomous region of Madeira that is part Portugal. It is the base of the majority of the many visitors to Madeira and cruise ships frequently call at the rate of 2 or 3 per day. The population actually living in Funchal is a little over 100,000. The city is situated in a bay to the east of Madeira's south coast.

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Neighbourhoods

Some guidebooks split the city into three parts, giving scarcely a mention to the northern part, where most of the population live!
The three are:

  • West - an area dominated by hotels, many of which are pretty opulent.
  • Central - where the town hall, the cathedral and a number of sights of interest to visitors can be located.
  • East - where the market, the old fort and a number of cheap but interesting restaurants can be found.

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Weather

Summers last from May to September with daytime temperatures averaging between 22 °C and 24 °C, nights around 19 °C. Winters last from December to April with days of around 19 °C and nights averaging 14 °C. The winter months are the wettest months, with from October to March around 80 mm of rain andd stormy and cloudy conditions may last for a few days sometimes. That said, there are fine periods with settled weather during winter as well. From May until September it is usually dry.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max19.1 °C19.1 °C19.5 °C19.6 °C20.9 °C22.3 °C24.3 °C25.6 °C25.7 °C24.2 °C22 °C20 °C
Avg Min13.1 °C12.8 °C13 °C13.4 °C14.6 °C16.5 °C18 °C18.9 °C18.9 °C17.6 °C15.6 °C13.9 °C
Rainfall102.7 mm87.2 mm63.6 mm38.9 mm18.9 mm11.9 mm2.5 mm3.1 mm36.7 mm75 mm100.8 mm99.9 mm
Rain Days12111085312691113

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Getting There

By Plane

Madeira Airport (airport code: FNC) receives international flights. About 20 airlines have flights to and from Funchal, mainly to Portugal, Spain and most of the countries in the west and north of Europe. It also receives flights from the Azores.
SATA Air Acores has flights between Funchal and Porto Santo.

By Boat

Naviera Armas runs weekly services between Portimao in mainland Portugal and on to Tenerife, with connections to other Canary Islands, like Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

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Eat

  • Restaurante Arsénio's - Rua de Santa Maria 169 Funchal. A very nice restaurant in the historic part of the capital, Funchal, with live music and traditional Portuguese dishes but it is a little bit pricey. It is situated in the central street of the old town of Funchal, where the most famous restaurants of the capital are situated and you can find multilingual friendly service.
  • O Avo - Rua da Praia, 49, Funchal. This small bar restaurant is situated in a small street in the heart of Funchal. There is a limited choice of delicious Portuguese dishes accompanied with beer in a very good price. The friendly owner of O Avo welcomes you in his place with a shot of beer where you can find many locals having their lunch.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aparthotel ImperatrizRua Imperatriz D. Amélia 72Hotel-
Dorisol EstreliciaRua da Casa BrancaHotel-
Dorisol FlorasolEstrada Monumental, 306Hotel-
Estalagem Quintinha Sao JoaoRua da Levada de Sao Joao no 4Hotel-
Hospedaria Pôr do SolCalçada da Cabouqueira nº48Guesthouse76
Quinta da Bela VistaCaminho Avista Navios 4Hotel-
Quinta Jardins do LagoRua Dr.Joao lemos Gomes No29,Funchal,Madeira IslandHotel-
Residencial AmericanaLargo do Chafariz 20Guesthouse-
Residencial FunchalRua do Hospital Velho nº 19 AGuesthouse84
Residencial MelbaAzinhaga da Casa Branca Nª10Hotel77
Residencial Monte VerdeAzinhaga da Casa Branca nº 8Guesthouse52
Residencial ParqueCampo da Barca, 15Guesthouse84
Residencial Vila CamachoBeco Da Amoreira 26Guesthouse82
Residencial Vila LusitaniaRua Fundação Cecília Zino 26Guesthouse87
Residencial ZarcoRua da Alfândega, 113Hostel81
The Vine, a divine hotelRua dos Aranhas - 27 AHotel-
Residencial ChafarizRua Estanco Velho 3 E 5Guesthouse-
Hotel Quinta do SolRua Dr Pita, No 6Hotel77
Hotel Apartamento da SéRua do Sabão 53Hotel-
Madeira Regency PalaceEstrada Monumental Nr. 275 Ilha da MadeiraHotel-
Residencial MirasolRua Bela de São Tiago 67Guesthouse87
Royal SavoyRua Carvalho AraujoHotel-
Fourviews MonumentalEstrada Monumental, 284Hotel-
Queimada de BaixoRua Da Queimada De Baixo, 46Guesthouse-
Alto LidoEstrada Monumental, 316Hotel-
Hotel Bahi­a AzulRua Quinta CalasaoHOTEL-
Pedra Sina ResidenceRua Pedra Sina No. 68Hostel-
Funchal Residential AreaTravessa de Cabrestante, Bloco C, 5ºAOAPARTMENT-
Rooms for Rent - Funchal - Madeira IslandMoradias do Pico, Rua Dr. António Aragão, SantoGUESTHOUSE-
Residencial ZarcoRua da Alfândega, 113HOSTEL-
Residencial FunchalRua do Hospital Velho n 19 AGUESTHOUSE-
Residencial Vila CamachoBeco Da Amoreira 26GUESTHOUSE-
Residencial MonacoRua das Hortas n 14 / 14AGUESTHOUSE-
Residencial Vila LusitaniaRua Fundação Cecília Zino 26GUESTHOUSE-
Residencial MelbaAzinhaga da Casa Branca Nª10HOTEL-
Aparthotel ImperatrizRua Imperatriz D. Amlia 72HOTEL-
Quinta Jardins do LagoRua Dr.Joao lemos Gomes No29,Funchal,Madeira IslandHOTEL-
Estalagem Quintinha Sao JoaoRua da Levada de Sao Joao no 4HOTEL-
Hotel Apartamento da SéRua do Sabão no 53HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.644798
  • Longitude: -16.90967

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