Funchal is a wonderful city to explore - take the cable car up to Monte for the best views of the coast below.
The area is famous for its beautiful botanical gardens
, with their rare plants and flowers.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit, you are sure to find vibrant blooms and lush greenery
. You should definitely spend some time soaking up the atmosphere of the local markets, selling fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers and local handicrafts such as wickerwork and fine embroidered lace.
The most famous of these is Funchal's Mercado dos Lavradores, but many other towns and villages have their own local markets.
Exploring further afield, outside Funchal, you will be astonished by the varied landscape, spectacular scenery and rich flora and fauna of this beautiful island.
Don't miss the dramatic cliff of Cabo Girao, the beautiful laurel forests of Encumeada and the natural volcanic pools of Porto Moniz. You can choose to hire a car or take one of our excursions, accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide.