Funchal Journals

Funchal in a Day!

A September 2007 trip to Funchal by Koala_D

FUNCHAL, ISLAND OF MADEIRA Photo, More Photos
Quote: Our cruise ship stopped here for the day....a beautiful island! I took the bus tour, and my daughter chose the 4x4 off-road tour.

Funchal in a Day!

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Overview

NCL DREAM -  in Funchal Harbor Photo,
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The highlights of my visit were:(1) The awesome scenic views from the cliff "Cabo Girao." I especially liked the view looking back towards town. You could see way up into the mountains from here, and all the way down to the water...WAY DOWN! Many little towns are scattered here and there.(2) The winery "Adega de Quinta." This was the perfect ending to our day-long tour. I will never forget that "jug of wine" spilling the burgundy plants out onto the hillside.Overall...this was a wonderful place to visit. I wouldn't mind spending a couple of weeks there. The water is beautiful...there's lots of sunshine...and the pace seems relaxed. I found the people very frie...Read More

NCL Cruise Line Tour

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Attraction

FUNCHAL, ISLAND OF MADEIRA Photo,
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All the tours sounded great for Funchal, so it was very difficult to choose just one. I finally opted for comfort, and chose the air-conditioned motor coach! It began in town...driving along the waterfront. Then we began to wind our way out of town and uphill. Funchal is very mountainous, and houses are built on terraced hillsides all over the island. Roads are narrow with many tunnels, but our bus driver had no trouble with the twists and turns, and we felt safe!Our first stop was on the hill overlooking the harbor. A few vendors had tables with articles made in Portugal (not imported from China), and I bought some embroidered kitchen towels and a large wall hanging as gifts. We then d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2007

NCL Cruise Line 4x4 Off-Road Tour

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Attraction

NESTLED IN THE VALLEY Photo,
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(** My daughter related all this to me after taking her tour...I chose to try a different one. We were both very pleased with our tours.)The 4x4 Tour -- If you hate crowds and want to get off the beaten path...this tour is for you! Only a few people are allowed per vehicle, and you will get to ride high up in the hills, and then travel all the way down to the beach. You'll go where there are houses...and where there aren't! Cost is a little more than a bus tour, I think I paid about $75 for a tour of about 6-7 hours. It was worth it! You will travel in a small group of jeep-like vehicles...it depends on how many people want to go, but there is a limit.Your...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2007