The capital of Madeira Island, located in the southern part of the island, contains around 100.000 inhabitants and it is one of the most populated cities in national terms. Its name, Funchal, comes from the ancient trees, Funcho, that covered a large part of the city’s area at the time of its discovery.

It is a modern and cosmopolitan city, famous for its luxury restaurants, for its 5 star hotels, for its climate conditions and, of course, for being the land of the International footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

The city is gazed as a natural amphitheatre, facing the Atlantic Ocean and contrasting with its colossal mountains. Besides its naturally peaceful harmony during the day, and its immense gardens and green coasts, Funchal’s nightlife is vibrating.

Some of the major events of the city are: New Year’s Eve, considered by the Guinness World Record book, in 2007, as the biggest fireworks show in the world; Carnival, with its exciting and joyful environment; and the colourful Flower Festival;

  • Parque de Santa Catarina (Saint Catherine's Park).

  • Parque de Santa Catarina is one of the largest green areas in Funchal.

  • Funchal Bay, one of the most requested Cruise Ship ports in Europe.

  • The city's 100.000 citizens make it a city full of life on its own.

  • Avenida Arriaga (Arriaga Avenue), a characteristic avenue in Funchal.

  • Av. Zarco, named after Gonçalves Zarco who discovered Madeira Island.

  • Sé Catedral do Funchal (Funchal Cathedral). It dates from 1514.

  • Colégio Church, one of Funchal's biggest and most ancient churches.

  • Fernão Ornelas Street, certainly the busiest main street in Funchal.

  • Mercado dos Lavradores located at the ancient part of the city.

  • A picture of the ancient part of Funchal.

  • Avenida do Mar (Sea Avenue) is another one of Funchal's main avenues.

  • The pier of Funchal is an extraordinary place to admire Cruise Ships.

  • Avenida Arriaga (Arriaga Avenue).

  • Avenida do Mar (Sea Avenue).