: Funchal International Airport (FNC)
: Junction 9, Pico dos Barcelos
: Praia Formosa
: Some restaurants offer complimentary transport
Madeira’s charming capital town of Funchal, with its 140,000 inhabitants, sits in a large bowl that rises from a natural deep-water harbour on the south of this sub tropical island to an impressive backdrop of high mountains. It is the island’s centre of activity, with something for everyone: an opera house/theatre, chic shops, street stalls, open market, wine lodges, museums, city parks, bars, cafés and restaurants without number, multi-screen cinema, a Roman Catholic cathedral dating back to the 14th century and an English Anglican Church built in 1822. This beautiful island is famous for its tropical gardens, two championship golf courses, truly wonderful mountain and coastal walking, ocean swimming, sailing, game fishing, etc. and, above all, its friendly Portuguese inhabitants. Verdant and with varied topography and stunning scenery, it is definitely worth exploring the island and the new network of roads and tunnels make this so easy now. Google Earth 32°39'28.13'N 16°56'19.83'W
Other Activities: visit the famous tropical gardens of Madeira
Golf: Two championship courses, Palheiro and Santo da Serra, are within 20 minutes drive and offer challenging golfing amongst spectacular scenery. Or you might like to take a day trip to the nearby island of Porto Santo to try out the new course there.