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Funchal

Trip Planner Europe  /  Portugal  /  Madeira Islands  /  Madeira  /  Funchal
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Things to do: parks, nature, museums
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate. Named for its plethora of fennel, this city incorporates restaurants, museums, cathedrals, gardens, and a large market. Though it may be most well known as the birthplace of famed soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, this city's wealth came from Madeiran sugar. Tourists enjoy local crafts and wines, chatting with friendly islanders, and the ease with which they can navigate the city on foot or via taxi. When using our Portugal family vacation planner, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Funchal's array of accommodation presents an interesting conundrum, as many of the upscale hotels and budget options lie outside the city center. If you opt to stay there, you'll need transportation in order to best explore the city. Luxury hotels touting outdoor pools, spas, exclusive restaurants, and other amenities certainly dazzle with their locations along the coast. To get a taste of authentic Madeira culture and history, try staying at one of the
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