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Funchal is one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in Madeira region. It is a much different city than it once was, and today it has top quality restaurants and great hotels. Funchal is ideal place for spending a holiday, as summers are not extremely hot and winters are relatively warm. Rainfall is moderate, so the destination is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and sightseeing.
Funchal`s location is perfect, as it overlooks the Atlantic and is protected by mountains in the back. Its southern location makes it great for seeing lots of green gardens, flower fields and fruit plantations. Funchal`s harbor has always been one of the busiest ports where many Oceanic cruisers stop by. There are lots of cafés, pubs, bars and restaurants near the harbor and in the city center, and Funchal is also known for its vibrant nightlife. Funchal has lots of cobbled streets and a very nice architecture. Funchal is not a small holiday resort, but a beautiful city with a population of over one hundred thousand people. This city is also the birthplace and home of the most famous Portuguese football superstar – Cristiano Ronaldo.
You can take part in numerous activities in Funchal, such as diving, surfing, go on whale watching or dolphin watching trips, take boat excursions, or go hiking in the mountains where you will find some nice smelling eucalyptus trees. There are also numerous golf courses in the region, or you can go paragliding.
Nightlife in Funchal might not be that wild as on the Canarian Islands or Tenerife, but weekends are especially wild for the party seekers. There are many clubs and discos that work until sunrise. For the older generations that seek calmer vacation, there are lots of local and international restaurants with nice, open terraces where you can enjoy quality meals.
Despite being relatively big city, there is virtually no crime in the city. You do not have to worry about going in dangerous parts, as there are no such parts. You can freely go everywhere, which makes Funchal a top destination for families, couples and individuals. Here you will not see gangs of drunken people in the town, so you can be relaxed at all times.
In summer there are lots of festivals going on, but New Year`s is also a great period to visit Funchal and observe the celebration that culminates with stunning fireworks. In Funchal there are also festivals of Wine, Flowers and Fireworks in different months of the year, so there is always something exciting happening.
Other things you can do in Funchal include visiting Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro Park, where you can see several stunning flower gardens, visit Madeira`s botanical gardens located a couple of kilometers away from the city`s center, see the national monument Santa Clara Convent dating from the 15th century, go to the very popular Sé Cathedral in the center of the city also dating from the 15th century, and see the São Lourenço Palace, which is a half-fortress and half-palace, built in a very authentic Portuguese style.
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