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A December 2007 trip to Funchal by statesidecruiser

Ascending the Mountain Photo, Funchal, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Funchal is the capital of the Madeira Islands. It is also the largest city. The city is named for fennel which grows in abundance there.

Funchal

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Ascending the Mountain Photo, Funchal, Portugal
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12/28/2007: Funchal, Madeira:As we approach the port of Funchal on this Portuguese island, majestic peaks suddenly appear out of the mist. The volcanic island is punctuated by high, rocky peaks and the crater of an extinct volcano. The entire island is only 35 miles long and 13 miles wide. Roads climb and drop dramatically from one ravine to another. Funchal is the capital of the Madeira Islands. It is also the largest city. The city is named for fennel which grows in abundance there. Two nature reserve islands are part of the municipality and are located 100 miles south of the city. In the 16th century Funchal was an important port of call between the Indies and the Ne...Read More