Portugal’s Most Charming City

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Funchal has the ability to charm you at first sight, especially the city’s old town. Set in a lush valley on the sea, this capital city is small, but full of surprises.

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Here you can meander down quaint cobbled streets, have a coffee on the seafront or peruse art galleries and markets that seem to hide in every corner.

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Every street offers something new and interesting to explore.

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In fact, Funchal is a haven for artists – and the streets showcase some of the city’s best works.

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One of my favorite spots in the city is the Mercado dos Lavradores, where you can buy an array of fruit and flowers that grow wild here.

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In fact, Madeira is known for its fruit and flowers – a small Garden of Eden in the Atlantic. Funchal is a compact place to shop for these items and experience all the island has to offer in a short period of time.

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Don’t forget to walk further afield into the city’s breathtaking parks or fish market where you can see the famous (and delicious) Black Scabbard caught fresh from the sea.

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