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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.
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:
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.
|Avg Max||19.1 °C||19.1 °C||19.5 °C||19.6 °C||20.9 °C||22.3 °C||24.3 °C||25.6 °C||25.7 °C||24.2 °C||22 °C||20 °C|
|Avg Min||13.1 °C||12.8 °C||13 °C||13.4 °C||14.6 °C||16.5 °C||18 °C||18.9 °C||18.9 °C||17.6 °C||15.6 °C||13.9 °C|
|Rainfall||102.7 mm||87.2 mm||63.6 mm||38.9 mm||18.9 mm||11.9 mm||2.5 mm||3.1 mm||36.7 mm||75 mm||100.8 mm||99.9 mm|
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.
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.
|Aparthotel Imperatriz||Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia 72||Hotel||-|
|Dorisol Estrelicia||Rua da Casa Branca||Hotel||-|
|Dorisol Florasol||Estrada Monumental, 306||Hotel||-|
|Estalagem Quintinha Sao Joao||Rua da Levada de Sao Joao no 4||Hotel||-|
|Hospedaria Pôr do Sol||Calçada da Cabouqueira nº48||Guesthouse||85|
|Quinta da Bela Vista||Caminho Avista Navios 4||Hotel||-|
|Quinta Jardins do Lago||Rua Dr.Joao lemos Gomes No29,Funchal,Madeira Island||Hotel||-|
|Residencial Americana||Largo do Chafariz 20||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Funchal||Rua do Hospital Velho nº 19 A||Guesthouse||92|
|Residencial Melba||Azinhaga da Casa Branca Nª10||Hotel||80|
|Residencial Monte Verde||Azinhaga da Casa Branca nº 8||Guesthouse||68|
|Residencial Parque||Campo da Barca, 15||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Vila Camacho||Beco Da Amoreira 26||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Vila Lusitania||Rua Fundação Cecília Zino 26||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Zarco||Rua da Alfândega, 113||Hostel||87|
|The Vine, a divine hotel||Rua dos Aranhas - 27 A||Hotel||-|
|Residencial Chafariz||Rua Estanco Velho 3 E 5||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Quinta do Sol||Rua Dr Pita, No 6||Hotel||46|
|Hotel Apartamento da Sé||Rua do Sabão 53||Hotel||84|
|Madeira Regency Palace||Estrada Monumental Nr. 275 Ilha da Madeira||Hotel||-|
|Residencial Mirasol||Rua Bela de São Tiago 67||Guesthouse||-|
|Royal Savoy||Rua Carvalho Araujo||Hotel||-|
|Fourviews Monumental||Estrada Monumental, 284||Hotel||-|
|Queimada de Baixo||Rua Da Queimada De Baixo, 46||Guesthouse||-|
|Alto Lido||Estrada Monumental, 316||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bahia Azul||Rua Quinta Calasao||HOTEL||-|
|Pedra Sina Residence||Rua Pedra Sina No. 68||Hostel||-|
|Funchal Residential Area||Travessa de Cabrestante, Bloco C, 5ºAO||APARTMENT||-|
|Rooms for Rent - Funchal - Madeira Island||Moradias do Pico, Rua Dr. António Aragão, Santo||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Residencial Zarco||Rua da Alfândega, 113||HOSTEL||-|
|Residencial Funchal||Rua do Hospital Velho n 19 A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Residencial Vila Camacho||Beco Da Amoreira 26||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Residencial Monaco||Rua das Hortas n 14 / 14A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Residencial Vila Lusitania||Rua Fundação Cecília Zino 26||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Residencial Melba||Azinhaga da Casa Branca Nª10||HOTEL||-|
|Aparthotel Imperatriz||Rua Imperatriz D. Amlia 72||HOTEL||-|
|Quinta Jardins do Lago||Rua Dr.Joao lemos Gomes No29,Funchal,Madeira Island||HOTEL||-|
|Estalagem Quintinha Sao Joao||Rua da Levada de Sao Joao no 4||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Apartamento da Sé||Rua do Sabão no 53||HOTEL||-|
Wifi is common in many places in Portugal, including hotels, restaurants and coffee bars. Free wifi along the Algarve coast is available in many places. Internet cafés can still be found in most larger cities and tourist areas though.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.
Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.
CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.
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