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Funchal is the largest city, the municipal seat and the capital of Portugal's Autonomous Region of Madeira. Funchal has a population of 111.892 and has been the capital of Madeira for more than five centuries. The name Funchal, was applied by the first settlers that landed on its shores due to the abundance of wild fennel where, as tradition goes, the primitive burg was built. Tourists in Funchal also roll up to enjoy activities such as diving in the crystal clear waters, surfing the waters, boat trips, swimming with dolphins, spending the day at sea whale-watching, or simply enjoy a snack at the many cafes and outside garden venues.
Top Attractions Within Funchal
Lido Promenade. The Lido area in Funchal is already known for the many tourist facilities it offers, developed more into an extensive leisure zone much appreciated by locals and tourists. Along the Lido promenade you will find some nice restaurants of different categories, some of them are a little bit hidden inside the public swimming pool areas. The promenade gives you the opportunity to enjoy your dinner while admiring magnificent sunsets and breathtaking views over the ocean and the surrounding areas of Funchal.
Volcanism Centre and Caves of Sao Vicente is located near Funchal. This centre manages to convey culture and education in a very entertaining way by providing the visitors with audiovisual demonstrations of volcanic caves. The caves are composed of a series of lava tubes and are the result of an eruption that happened 400.000 years ago, The pedestrian course is a truly amazing walk through the entrails of the earth during which you will be able to admire volcanic stalactites.
Universo de Memorias in Funchal, was founded and financed by the present Secretary of Tourism, Joao Carlos Abreu, and reflects his life as a traveler, journalist and public personality. Ten thousand pieces such as books, ceramics, paintings and bronze objects from all over the world are exhibited in 14 rooms in a house located right opposite the entrance to the Quinta das Cruzes.