is Madeira Island's capital in Portugal. Its name is supposed to have originated from the luxuriant growth of fennel there.
Known as a port of call between the West Indies and the Mediterranean countries Funchal had been famous as a wealthy port for wine and Madeiran sugar. It is a place of exquisite beauty which is still a port of call for cruisers of the Atlantic. The climate of Funchal is more or less constantly pleasant by virtue of it being regulated by the sea. The best times to visit Funchal is therefore in the months of May to August. In Funchal public safety is not an issue, so it can be safely enjoyed at all times. However, should anybody need it the national emergency number is 112.
Location of Funchal
Funchal is situated in Madeira Islands in Portugal at the co-ordinates of 32°38'N and 16°54'W. It is Surrounded by Santana in the north, Santa Cruz in the east, in the west Camara de Lobos and the Atlantic Ocean in the south.
Funchal is wonderfully connected to the main land of Portugal through extensive roadways and regular flights to the Madeira Airport.
Sightseeing in Funchal
The exquisite natural beauty of Funchal makes sight seeing an almost redundant activity because every where Nature has been particularly generous. However certain objects of tourist interest can still be found such as the Madeira Wine Lodge, Mercado dos Lavradores, and the Cathedral Sé.
Accommodations at Funchal
Just like any modern city Funchal provides for all sorts of accommodations to match any tourist budget. Opulent luxury and bare essential requirements both go hand in hand. Four star to plain bed and breakfast all are available for the traveler's choice.