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Whether as a one-day port of call or a two-week holiday, Funchal with its natural beauty and scenic harbour is sure to take your breath away. Quite possibly the most beautiful capital city in the world, Funchal offers a range of activities from water sports: diving, surfing, sailing or swimming with dolphins to inland travel to the mountainous woodlands and playing golf at one of Madeira's famous links courses. Or perhaps you would prefer strolling along Funchal's picturesque streets, absorbing the local history or snapping up a bargain in the craft shops or you can simply sit and relax at one of the many al fresco cafes.
When the sun goes down Funchal offers a variety of restaurants serving fresh local cuisine and when the stars come out there are plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from. With an extremely low crime rate, Funchal is rated as the safest capital city in the world making it an ideal destination for families, couples, and groups alike.
What to see: New Year's Eve -Firework Festival, noted as the largest in the world. March - Carnival. A massive street-party just like they do it in Rio! Two weeks after Easter - Flower Festival, street parade with huge floats bearing exotic displays. An essential attraction is the Colegio Square and the Wall of Hope; a wall constructed by children and made entirely of flowers. The city is very festive during Flower Festival with houses and shops festooned with flowers and there are also a selection of concerts and shows held. Every Saturday in June - International Firework Competition.