You’ve probably noticed that the title of this post is ‘Things to do in Funchal, Madeira’, as opposed to ’10/15/etc Things to do in Funchal, Madeira’. This is because, as I mentioned in my last post, I live here now, and so this list will probably be regularly updated as I find more and more things to do.
This cathedral is so cute and small and really opulent inside. Definitely worth a look.
2. CR7 hotel and museum
This is for those of you who like football. Since Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Madeira, he has his own hotel named after him. Shake hands with the statue of Ronaldo outside that looks nothing like him – imagination goes a long way!
3. Cable car to Monte
This is a really nice ride above Funchal. It takes around 15 minutes, so plenty of opportunity to take photos!
4. Tropical Gardens
If there’s one garden that you see in Madeira, make it the tropical gardens. They’re consistently named as some of the most beautiful gardens in the world and they’re stunning. My particular favourite (which has nothing to do with plants) is the geode room. I’ve never seen so many in one place before – or ones that are so big!
Imagine a sledge but without the snow. That’s pretty much what this is – but so much faster. You go down 2 km in around 5 minutes. I loved it, it was so much fun! (The one in the picture looks pretty battered – the ones you go down in are much better condition!)
As well as being a casino (obviously), you can have dinner with a show here. The singers have incredible voices!
7. Presidential Gardens
Only 1 euro and when I visited, there were parrots! (I don’t know if the parrots are always there or not…)
8. Santa Maria Street
The street of painted doors. I have spent many a night wandering around the bars here 😉
9. Municipal Gardens
Slap-bang in the middle of town, these gardens are a nice place to go to relax and pretend you’re not in the middle of a city.
10. Santa Catarina Park
My favourite park (after the tropical gardens). I love just sitting and looking down at the marina, or at the pond, where there are usually lots of swans!