Madeira. Funchal is the island capital and the only big town. It lies on the warmer and drier south side of the island and has the finest harbour on the island. The town itself climbs from the ocean high into the hills overlooking the south coast and this is just one of many vantage points over the town.
The harbour at night seems to glow in the misty half light. I dined at the Nini Design Center which is situated in a medieval fortification on the harbour wall, from which this photo was taken. Great views and even better cuisine!
The most unique experience in Madeira is sledding down the mountain streets above the town of Funchal on wicker sled drawn by a couple of locals.
Location of Madeira in relation to Africa, Portugal and Spain
Madeira. The island is 57 km in length and 22 km in width, and has an area of 741 km². Madeira's geographic location and mountainous terrain provide its amazingly mild climate, ranging from 25°C in the summer to 17°C in the winter, with very mild average temperatures and moderate humidity. It's permanently spring in Madeira!
Madeira. To get here I flew the newest direct air service across to Europe from Toronto. TAP Portugal now flies five days per week between Toronto Pearson and Lisbon. The carrier’s A330 aircraft feature full-flat beds in Business class and new comfortable seats in Economy. My flight experiences with TAP this month included two transatlantic flights and flights to Madeira – each was superb and I highly recommend this latest option for European travel.
Madeira - Funchal. The centre of town is very pedestrian friendly. The cobbled streets, wide tree-lined boulevards and graceful medieval buildings are a delight to stroll around.
Madeira - Funchal.
Madeira, Funchal. Statue of Gonsalves Zarco, discoverer of Madeira in the 1400's.
Madeira - Tea on the terrace at Reid's Hotel, Funchal.
Reid's Hotel, Funchal Madeira - one of the truly iconic world hotels.
Madeira - Funchal. One of several castles that guarded the city from pirates and marauders in past centuries.
Madeira, Funchal - Sao Tiago Fort.
Madeira - Funchal. Scenic tiles in the Mercado Lavradores set the scene for what is inside this bustling building.
Madeira, Funchal - a flower seller in the Mercado Lavradores.
Madeira - Funchal. Tropical fruits of all kinds piled high in the Mercado Lavradores.