Santa Catarina Park, Funchal

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Take in nature and great views of the harbor at Santa Catarina Park. This peaceful city park offers many benches and areas to sit back and relax, read, or simply people-watch while listening to the trickling fountains. Watch the big cruise ships pull in and out of the harbor below. For small children there is a playground located on the grounds, as well as a small lake that is home to many swans and ducks. Stroll through the aviaries and sculptures and stop by the two old machines on display--one used to crush grapes and one to steamroll roads. Put Santa Catarina Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Funchal travel planning tool .
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  • Very nice, free entrance park in the city. Lots of trees, flowers and a small lake.You can come and relax while visiting Funchal.  more »
  • For those who want to have a good time in a garden reading a book or sipping a drink at the bar on the site, is the ideal, and has spectacular views over the marina and port of Funchal. Quiet place, quiet, with many garden benches, all great for an afternoon of rest.
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  • Nice view of Funchal and the sea front. Free entry. Do without hesitation. Walk from the city centre.
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  • The park is at the West end of Funchal Marina opposite the cruise ships. Pretty and peaceful, clean and tidy with no litter or graffiti. Ponds with swans, ducks and fountains. Places to sit and rest, views across the city and port. Very pleasant on a warm day and worth a little walk for.
  • A nice little pit stop on the way to and from Funchal. The local schools use it for a lot of activities too. There is plenty of seats (and lizards) and the flowers are beautiful.
  • Stumbled across the park whilst walking in Funchal. A lovely escape during the day to relax and enjoy the views. The book exchange was brilliant to find. A great quite place.
  • Wonderful natural environment. A small park but calm n peaceful. Good place to meditate with the sound of water from the fountain in the background. There is a little playground for the toddlers too. Outstanding views to the ocean.
  • Even though small, Parque de Santa Catarina has a great location being in the centre of Funchal. It is great for a walk and to simply pass the time. Above it there is a kind of bird zoo, where several species can be seen. It is a very well treated garden that sometimes hosts concerts and festivals, which add up for a fun time.

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