|Top holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£181|
|Family holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£155|
|Romantic holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£195|
|Luxury holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£237|
|Budget holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£114|
Between palm trees, the sea and warm sun, holidays in Funchal are imbued with a special tropical feeling. Maybe the friendliness of Madeira's locals has something to do with it; they receive visitors warmly, and local cafes offer rich traditional cuisine. Either way, the city has to be discovered at a slower pace, allowing enough time to visit monuments and discover all the natural treasures of Madeira.
The city of Funchal is located on a bay with the same name. This paradisiac island is close enough to mainland Europe to be an ideal destination for a short or long break. The weather is milder than its continental counterparts, so travellers can enjoy Funchal year around. Temperatures are usually 16-26 degrees Celsius. Flying from most European capitals takes up to three hours. Portuguese is spoken here and the currency is the Euro. The public transport system takes holidaymakers to Funchal's main attractions.
During the day, the city is a portrait of tranquility. The Botanic Garden displays every plant native to the island and the Quinta da Boa Vista garden mesmerises visitors with its collection of orchids. Funchal holidays bring you closer to nature; from the island's coastline you can spot whales, dolphins, sea birds and seals. Nature lovers shouldn't leave Madeira without exploring the 'levadas', hiking trails which criss-cross the island, for example in the nearby Funchal Ecological Park or in other regions, such as the Ponta de São Lourenço, whose rugged coastline is popular among hikers.
After a stunning sunset, the city starts to sparkle against the nearby mountains and Funchal's bars and restaurants come to life, serving the best of Madeiran cuisine. Evening entertainment continues long into the night, with several night clubs and discotheques staying open until 4 AM. Those looking to try their luck away from the dance floors can visit Funchal's modern, beachside casinos.