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A December 2007 trip to Madeira by Praskipark

An Overspill of the market Photo, Funchal, Portugal More Photos
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Monte

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Attraction | "The Home of the Toboggan and a Profusion of Colour"

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About four miles away from Funchal lies the leafy hill-side suburb of Monte. I wouldn't advise you to approach Monte by foot as the climb is a very steep one indeed. We are talking about a 600 metre climb above sea level. You can take a taxi or a bus and these will take you on a 15 minute trip from the city centre on a winding road. Or if you have a head for heights you can take the cablecar from the city's Zona Velha.This will take you on an exhilerating trip over the rooftops of the city and the lush green of the Joao Gomes valley.The main bus terminus is a shady, cobbled square with a bandstand and this is where the taxi dropped me off. The bus terminates here also. You will be greeted...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2009

Monte
Monte
Madeira, Portugal

Mercado dos Lavradores

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Attraction | "The Hustle and Bustle of a Madeiran Market"

An Overspill of the market Photo, Funchal, Portugal
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To find your way to the market, or as we say in Portuguese, to the Mercado dos Lavradores you need to walk along the cobbled street caled Rua Dom Carlos. Here you will encounter cleaned up fishermen's houses which are now used as craft centres by sandal makers and lace makers. There is also a small chapel called Capela do Corpo Santo and it was a chapel built by local people who formed a guild to provide help for destitute sailors and fishermen.Numerous bars and restaurants line Rua Dom Carlos 1, and others have begun to spread into Rua de Santa Maria, Funcha's oldest street, which runs one block north. Many of the simple buildings lining both streets were slums until very recently, when t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2009

Jardim Botanico

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Attraction | "A Patchwork of Colour"

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I feel that I have to mention the Botanical gardens or otherwise known as Jardim Botanico.It is one of the most visited attractions on the island of Madeira. The gardens cover an area of 80,000 square metres and it is home to approximately 2000 different species of plants. Set in a super location with the mountains in the background you are able to have a panoramic view of the city below and the clear blue waters of it's perfect bay. You can take a cable car ride from here up to Monte which is a historical village with a beautiful church and here the famous toboggan rides take place in whicker baskets. Or you can take a bus number 29, 30 or 31 from Funchal's bus station in the Zona Velha.O...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Firework Display

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Attraction | "Fireworks in Funchal"

The Hills of Madeira Photo, Madeira, Portugal
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New Year's Eve ****************** New Year's Eve is the main reason my family encountered this trip to Funchal. New Year's Eve was a long day as we were so excited about seeing the firework display. Throughout the day we had seen gangs of men carrying and setting up firework displays around the harbour and marina and the cruise ships had all docked. By 4pm people were beginning to get over excited and many were dressed in very formal evening suits. We ate in the hotel that night and then went for a stroll around the town to take in the atmosphere and colour. We arrived back at the hotel and watched the news on TV and then decided to get togged up. We had purchased a bottle of champagne for...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2009

Arriving in Funchal

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When somebody mentions Madeira what do you think about or what immediately comes into your head? I think of crusie ships, humidity, primeval vegetation, exotic flowers, sub-tropical plants, . I have been to Funchal several times before but the last time was three days before New Year with my family. It was a four day stay in the capital to see the firework carnival as so many people had told me how amazing a spectacle it was and I wanted to see with my own eyes. We flew from Lisboa and it was quite fun waiting in the airport to board the plane as there was a thrill of excitement everywhere as many Portuguese were travelling to see their families. Many people were togged up in suits and pos...Read More