Our Nearby Suggestions
(walking distances in minutes)
- Restaurants: For fish, "Gavião Novo" (4 minutes), "Marisa" (5 minutes) and "Jango" (5 minutes). For meat, "Taberna da Esquina" (4 minutes). For rice "Riso" (8 minutes). Other well-known restaurants : "O Forte" (7 minutes), "O Armazém do Sal" (10 minutes), "Sabor a Fado" (4 minutes) and "O Tapassol (5 minutes)".
- Pastries: "Penha d' Águia" (2 minutes): try delicious "queijadas" and "pastel de nata".
- Bars: "Esplanada da Barreirinha" (10 minutes): for a pre-dinner drink with sunset views. "Venda Velha" and "Mercearia da Poncha" to drink the most famous Madeira drink, Poncha. Not to be missed: those with maracujá and tangerine.
- "Barreirinha" beach (10 minutes): A public beach with a sea-level sun deck.
- "Socorro Church" (10 minutes) also known as "Santa Maria Maior Church": One of the most attractive churches in Madeira. The building was begun in the middle of the 16th Century, with new and important work carried out a century later. Demolished in 1752, a new and bigger church was built on the site. From the original chapel remains an exotic wood and silver sacrarium. The facade of the present church is marvellous, with its entrance doors a notable feature.
- Rua de Santa Maria (3 minutes) – Strolling down the narrow streets you can enjoy some of the old culture that's left in this particular part of town. A lot of the old buildings still exist, some of which have been transformed into restaurants and bars. In addition, there is a new attraction, the "Arte de Portas Abertas", which is a public art programme to transform the Old Town into a permanent outdoor art gallery, displaying over 200 works of art, by invited artists, painted on Rua de Santa Maria's doors. This colourful project has helped to revitalise this part of town and make it more culturally significant for both locals and visitors.
- Mercado dos Lavradores (3 minutes) – The Farmers Market is a must see! It is one of the highlights that Madeira has to offer, where all scents, colours, flavours and tradition combine to delight those who visit it. Built in 1939, in a gracious combination of 'art deco' and the modernist style, the main entrance and interior are decorated with panels of tiles, produced in Lisbon's once-famous ceramic factory. Here you will find the very best Island produce. Fresh exotic fruits, vegetables, fish and flowers in a picturesque setting. The flower sellers are dressed in the typical, colourful Madeirense costume adding yet more vibrancy to this magical place.
Inside, there are two floors and a huge central courtyard, where vendors engage in selling day-to-day products. You will even be allowed to do a bit of tasting before you buy. (a popular exotic fruit to taste is a cross between a maracujá and a banana). In the rear, you will find the fish market. Here you will see fish freshly caught (some are brought in still alive) from all over Madeira. Well known will be the black scabbard fish with its huge eyes, razor sharp teeth and long eel-like body. Taste, smell, vivid colours, fun and tradition!
- Fortaleza de São Tiago (8 minutes) and the Museum of Contemporary Art - The beautiful Forte de São Tiago that was used to protect Funchal from possible invasions is also in the old town. The fort has small watchtowers and sentinel boxes from the 17th Century. The fort is open to the public and has some amazing views. It is now a museum complex that has undergone renovation and houses several museums including the Military Museum of Madeira and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In the Museum of Contemporary Art, there is a collection of contemporary Portuguese art from the '60s to the present day, with works by some of the most significant national artists. The Museum also has a collection of works by artists who are developing their art in Madeira.
- Madeira Story Centre (5 minutes) – A modern museum about the history and culture of Madeira. The Madeira Story Centre will take you on a journey through the great historical events in Madeira, from the volcanic formation to the days of Dom Henriques, Napoleon, the first landing of a seaplane and Churchill. It offers a hands-on interactive experience where you feel the environment of different periods in time.
- Cable Car (6 minutes) - This is an exciting way to show Madeira's hidden beauty gliding over some wonderful landscapes. The departure station is at the park Almirante Reis. You ascend 560 m (1, 837 ft.) over 3, 718 m (12,000 ft.) in 15 minutes to Monte, located near Monte Palace Tropical Garden, amidst charming scenery.
- Armazém do Mercado (2 minutes) - The New Old Market. A blend of traditional and contemporary, a place to experience flavours, urban culture and childhood memories. Includes Toy Museum with a collection of 20.000 pieces: dolls, lead toy soldiers, miniature cars, games, dating from 19th century until present date.
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