When the Reid's Palace hotel opened in Funchal at the end of the 19th century Madeira Island He was barely known among some illustrious English and Lusitanians. It had become the first tourist center. Since then more than 100 years have passed and, today, 70% of the island's inhabitants work directly or indirectly with tourism.
We left our apartment in Cabo Girao in the morning and we could see for the first time to see the island with daylight. The walls of the mountains rushed over the road and its slopes revealed an endless procession of banana trees.
We headed to the capital of Madeira, Funchal, and as we passed the aloe vera grew at ease on both sides of the main road of the island.
Funchal is a nice city, colorful and with a friendly center where to walk. Knowing the most emblematic places of the city will not take you more than four hours and can be covered perfectly in one morning.
Next we will do a review of the things you can do in Funchal:
The Funchal Market
On an island where any exotic flower from any part of the world grows at its ease, it is obvious that its markets will be full of an incredible variety of fruits and vegetables.
The Funchal market is located in the city center a few minutes walk from the marina. It is a two-story building with an open courtyard.
Inside you will find areas of flowers, a multitude of fruit stops with a wide range of passion fruit, papayas, mangoes and bananas, greengrocers with a good selection of products and an interior area dedicated to the fish market with the long Madeira swordfish as the main claim for curious photographers.
When we stayed in an apartment, it was wonderful to find the market, since we made sure to have a good and healthy dinner around our island getaways.
The Funchal Cable Car
Funchal views from the cable car