A Guide to Funchal
The charming town of Funchal is the capital of Madeira and has long been a popular holiday destination. The area boasts a number of
stunning natural attractions such as high volcanic peaks and picturesque parks and gardens for visitors to unwind in while soaking up Funchal's
Taking a walk around the town is the best way to get a feel for the history and culture of Funchal and the town features plenty of
beautiful architecture to admire as well as decorative paving. The 15th century Convento de Santa is one of the town's most striking landmarks,
while the 16th century Igreja do Colégio church can be found in the main square. Sé Cathedral is another attraction that should not be missed and
features a stunning ceiling made from local wood that has gained the cathedral international fame.
Funchal features several well managed museums, which provide information on a variety of subjects ranging from religious art to
local handcrafts. São Lourenço Palace provides a good example of mannerist architecture and includes a number of impressive highlights such as
the Green Room, the Noble Salon, the Audience Hall and the surrounding gardens.
People who have a little extra time to spare while exploring Funchal can also take a trip to Eira do Serrado, which looks out
over the deep crater of Grande Curral. The small village of Santana on the north coast of this enchanting island is also a good place to the
traditional triangular shaped houses of the villagers.
Funchal is the perfect place to sample traditional Portuguese cuisine and there are plenty of excellent restaurants to be found
scattered throughout the town, while the restaurants that line the port offer diners stunning views. Lovers of freshly caught seafood will be in
their element here and one local dish that is just waiting to be tried is bacalhau, which is a type of salt-cured codfish.
Of course, paella featuring plenty of seafood as well as fresh vegetables can also be found on the menus of most local restaurants,
while the traditional dish known as espada com banana is made with a mouth-watering combination of scabbard fish and bananas and comes served
with potatoes with fresh salad on the side.
This part of the world is also famous for its delicious fortified Madeira wine, which makes the perfect accompaniment to most meals.
People who want to learn how Madeira wine is made should pay a visit the Adegas de São Franciso.
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