, the picturesque capital, set on sheltered hillsides overlooking a wide bay, is the tourist centre of Madeira and the ideal base for exploring the island.Elsewhere on Madeira there is a wealth of spectacular scenery to enjoy, a selection of restaurants, organised levada walks, and you can also make boat trips to the tiny Desertas Islands or the nearby island of Porto Santo with its long golden sandy beaches.
The Museum of Sacred Art in Funchal
is lovely, with a beautiful Flemish collection from the 16th century.
MERCADO do Lavra-dores - the covered fish market in Funchal
- which provides a magnificent sight of freshly-landed fish from the Atlantic, including gigantic tuna and live prawns and lobsters.
port captain Mr Marques said: "We are still trying to speak to him to see if he can clarify some of the events leading up to the incident involving his wife." Cruise & Maritime Voyages, which operates the Marco Polo, said the couple left the cruise for personal reasons on Saturday.
BUDGET RESIDENCIAL VILA CAMACHO Beco da Amoreira 26, Funchal
A WARM family welcome awaits at this simple villa where, from PS14 a night, you'll want for nothing.You get all the facilities you might find at bigger hotels, and the bargain rates simply reflect the fact that it's a 20-minute walk into central Funchal
.That's a minor inconvenience when the 44 and 45 buses from town run frequently along the road just outside the gate.Clean, tidy and comfortable - and the rooms at the front have sea views, too.
Jet2 said: "A standby aircraft and replacement crew were flown to Porto so we could get customers on their way to Funchal
as soon as possible."
In a tweet, the airline said: "We would like to apologise to customers travelling on LS765 from Manchester to Funchal
, Madeira, which has diverted into Porto, Portugal due to an onboard medical situation.
TUIfly Belgium in winter 2019/20 season is adjusting operational routing for Tenerife South and Funchal
. In winter 2018/19 season, the airline operated on Brussels - Funchal
- Tenerife South - Brussels on Saturdays, however this will be switched to Brussels - Tenerife South - Funchal
- Brussels, starting 09NOV19.
With views of Madeira's rocky coastline and the city of Funchal
laid out invitingly below my balcony, there wasn't a chance of a relaxing break despite my room at the Allegro Madeira coming with a pillow menu and a welcome note: "You lie down, the body relaxes, the energy reviews and the mind travels."
The cruise ship, called The Funchal
, will join the five other Signature properties, including The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.