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Funchal Car Hire
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Funchal is the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira. An exuberant little island located just off the west coast of Africa, it's a popular destination for Brits and Euro tourists looking for a nearby escape to year-round sun. Funchal was once an important shipping centre, named for its stunning abundance of fennel (funcho), and the area is still famed for its natural beauty, verdant gardens and superb hiking opportunities.
Things to Do in Funchal
As one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, simply exploring Funchal, by hire car or by foot, makes for an instantly relaxing trip. Pay a visit to the renowned seafront promenade which takes you from Funchal to Câmara de Lobos – where Winston Churchill used to stay and paint, and you'll be rewarded with stunning views. For foodies, you'll find plenty of Michelin-starred eats to tickle your tastebuds, as well as deliciously authentic family-run establishments in Funchal's Old Town.
Top 3 Must See: Funchal
Madeira Botanical Gardens
Mercado Dos Lavradores - outdoor market running Mon-Sat
Wicker Basket Toboggan Ride from nearby Monte
A must-try is the local fish delicacy 'Espada', which is far tastier than it looks! An area of natural beauty, you're also well placed to discover some of the rare flowers and gardens Madeira has to offer, notably at the Botanical Gardens, a short ride from the city centre by Funchal's famous cable car. Top Three Attractions Madeira Botanical Gardens Mercado Dos Lavradores - outdoor market running Mon-Sat Wicker Basket Toboggan Ride from nearby Monte
Drive Around Funchal
Car hire in Funchal is easily found at the local airport or in the city itself, and while the city's winding streets can be a test for some drivers, those looking to explore further afield will find Funchal served by the handy highway ER101, which runs along the coast. An easy way to get to the city centre by car is to take exit 11 and head downhill towards Funchal. Continue on this road (ER103) until you pass under an overpass. Immediately on your right is a large parking garage (closed on sundays). From here it is only a few minutes walk to the central sights and sounds of the Mercado Dos Lavradores and the city's Sé Cathedral.
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