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Funchal Municipality

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  • Mar5

    Funchal Cable Car and Wicker Toboggans

    March 5 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    On the news today...

    “The Funchal procession that was due to take place today at 4pm has now been postponed to Saturday.

    Considering the forecasts that points to the great instability of the weather, with the possibility of showers but, especially with a strong wind, on the afternoon of this Tuesday of Carnival, the Regional Secretary of Tourism and Culture opted to postpone the Traditional Trapalhão, and it is expected to take place next Saturday, March 9, at the same time, that is, at 4:00 pm.”.

    So today, we will see what it is like to be on an island with heavy winds and rain.

    The morning was windy and cloudy but not too bad so we decided to go into the capital city of Funchal where we could run for shelter if it rained. No hikes in the mountains today. We are staying in Canico, a nearby suburb so it was a short drive.

    Our goal was to take a ride on the cable car (Teleférico do Jardim Botânico) up to a small town called Monte that had wonderful views of Funchal and the surrounding areas. Initially this mountaintop town, that is about 6 km away from Funchal, was a health resort for the high society of Europe. Monte means mount in Portuguese and it is high above sea level. The cable car ride is quite thrilling, especially for people with any sense of vertigo.

    The ticket lady would only sell us a one way ticket up as the winds and rain were coming up and she said that the cable car may be shut down. If that happened, we would have to take a taxi or bus back down. We really only wanted to go up and down and as it wasn’t too bad, we took the chance.

    As we rose above Funchal, we could look down and get glimpses into private gardens and mini farms and see dramatic views down through steep gorges. The 3,200-metre ride itself takes 15-20 minutes and sometimes reaches a speed of 48 km/hr. Once everyone relaxed a bit, it was quite exciting.

    At the top, it was raining though. There is a beautiful garden there but we decided to skip that as it cost 12.50 euros ($37.50 cdn) each for entry and we had been in some lovely gardens recently.

    There are other points youof interest on the Monte and that’s the "descent in a basket car". Originally, around 1850, the basket cars/sleds were a fast way to get to Funchal. Currently and still in use, they attract hundreds of tourists every year to experience this exciting descent down the steep road to Funchal.

    These wicker baskets, carros de cestos, sit on wooden bars for better gliding. They are guided and pushed by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothing and a felt hat and wear their rubber boots as a brake. The ride is 2 km downhill and taxis wait down there to bring you up. It was raining pretty hard at this time and the roads must have been slick. We passed on the ride but it would have been fun.

    It started to get pretty foggy and the sky was getting darker so we took the cable car back down again, for 1/2 price, and had a nice chat with our fellow passengers from England.
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  • Mar5

    Funchal's Funky Doors

    March 5 in Portugal ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    After our cable ride up to Monte, we decided that while we were in Funchal, we would do a little exploring. We walked down a narrow street called Rua de Santa Maria. It’s not wide enough for cars and, even if it was, tables and chairs from the many restaurants and cafes were taking up most of the space. This road is in the old part of the city, not far from the water’s edge and it was filling up with tourists from the cruise ship that was in the harbour.

    What is cool about this street is that in an effort to revitalise the area, the local council organized an art project in the street that involves the doors of the old buildings.

    About 200 doors of houses, restaurants, businesses, galleries, were handed over to artists and designers who were asked to ‘do something with them’. The idea was to create a piece of work that invites people in to something deeper. And it works!

    We think that it changed a potentially gloomy street into a colourful art gallery that motivated lots of conversation with fellow travellers and shopkeepers, as well. Loved it.
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  • Mar5

    Old Town Funchal

    March 5 in Portugal ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Oh the town of Funchal was hopping today. The cruise ships were in the harbour and it was the last day of Carnival. A big crazy parade had been planned and lots of people were in town to see it, but due to the windy and rainy weather forecast for later today, it was cancelled. But the people were there!

    Funchal, the capital city of Madeira Island, has a history that goes back over 5 centuries. The early Portuguese settlers colonised the coast in a picturesque bay surrounded by mountains where fennel (funcho) grew in abundance, this giving its name to the new town of Funchal. Over the years the population grew, with international trade attracting the attention of all of Europe. Nowadays, Funchal is a very modern city with over 112.000 inhabitants. It is one of the safest and cleanest cities in Europe. The pretty cobbled streets in the centre mixed with the modern shopping areas, cafes, bars, restaurants and tourists make Funchal an interesting and busy city.

    We walked around the area that is close to the harbour and happened to come upon the Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmers' Market) which opened in 1940. Huge panels of painted tiles, showing ladies carrying flowers to sell at the market, adorn the facade, the main entrance and the fish market.
    Inside, the colourful and open space is organised into small “Plazas”, “Squares”, “Streets” and “Little Stairways”, where all types of products are sold.
    It is actually a lovely market and building, and trust me, we have seen a lot of markets!

    Everywhere we have been so far, we have seen the word Poncha - on menus, on ads, on flyers. Today was the day we found out what Poncha was.

    We heard that some of the oldest grocery stores of Madeira are called ‘ Vendas or mercearias’ . These stores were around when life moved slowly.
    At those times, products were sold by weight, without pre-packaging or pallets. The ‘Vendas’, or general stores, sold pretty much everything - creams, potatoes, brooms, shovels, chewing gum, candies and even string. Right beside the groceries selling area, there was always a bar, selling wine with fizzy orange juice ‘ laranjada’ and Poncha.

    So, Poncha, we found out, is a regional drink made of rum ( known as sugar cane brandy), honey and lemon. Sometimes other fruits are put into the drink. Today was the day that we tried it. Yum!

    We returned to our car via the beautiful, harbour-front gardens just as the winds were starting to blow and the skies were getting pretty dark.

    Everything about Funchal shows that there is a lot of pride in the city. The cobblestones are carefully laid and taken care of, the squares are lovely, the parks are well-planned, the parking is organized and the city is clean. We can see why the cruise ships stop in this lovely city.
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  • Day17

    Frohes Neues

    January 1 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Frohes Neues Jahr aus Madeira! 🎉

    Ich hatte einen richtig tollen Silvester Abend mit dem Team. Nach der Sektausgabe waren wir selbst noch ein wenig auf der Silvesterparty und konnten anstoßen 🥂

    Ich hoffe ihr seid alle gut ins neue Jahr gerutscht. 😊✨

  • Day3

    Tag 3 auf Madeira

    December 18, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Hallooo ihr Lieben!
    Nach anfänglichen Kopfschmerzen heute Vormittag geht es mir gerade supi dupi gut!
    Heute Morgen hatten wir ein 3stündiges Safety Training, allerdings mit Rundgang auf dem Schiff für die neuen. Deshalb ist jetzt auch die anfängliche Verwirrung und Überforderung so gut wie ausgelöscht!

    Wie gestern schon beschrieben, hatte ich dann 5 Stunden frei. Ich war in Funchal auf dem Monte mit der Seilbahn und es war Hammer! Das Areal da oben war kleiner als erwartet aber alles sehr grün und „botanical“ wie auch die kleine Rundroute „botanical route“ die ich gelaufen bin. Oben gibt es eine kleine aber schöne Kirche sowie eine alte Kapelle oder wohl eher Kapellchen in dem sie jetzt Eis und Kaffee verkaufen. Habe dort das wohl leckerste MangoSorbet gegessen. Die Seilbahn ist hat super teuer aber es ist echt schön dort oben.

    Ab 18 Uhr war ich dann wieder arbeiten, was heute aber auch sehr entspannt war. Noch sind keine Weihnachtsferien, weswegen alles noch ruhig ist. Ab nächster Woche wird das dann wohl heftiger.
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  • Day7

    Levada do Norte - Cabo Girao

    February 25 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Start der Wanderung ist das Bergdorf Eria do Mourao. An der Levada entlang mit besten Ausblicken über typische Terrassenfelder. Ziel ist die Aussichtsplattform Cabo Girao. Das "Kap der Umkehr" ist eine der höchsten Steilküsten Europas, die Plattform mit Glasboden befindet sich ca. 580m über dem Meer.Read more

  • Day29

    Funchal

    July 3, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Some pictures from our first two days on Madeira. We haven't seen so much yet, but we tried a lot of wine. The wine of Madeira is really awesome everyone should try it. Funchal itself is a nice small city...

    Ein paar Bilder von unseren ersten zwei Tagen in Funchal. Wir haben noch nicht sooo viel gesehen, aber schon eine Menge Wein getrunken. Der ist hier übrigens super lecker, solltet jeder mal probieren. Funchal an sich ist eine nette kleine Stadt...Read more

  • Day2

    Erste Eindrücke Funchal, Madeira

    December 17, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Hier ist ein erstes Bild von der „Weihnachts“Insel. Es ist unfassbar schön. Blog Beitrag über den heutigen Tag folgt später 😊

  • Day3

    Mit dem Pedelec in den Sonnenuntergang

    February 26 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Die Aida-Pedelecs fuhren sich richtig leicht, selbst ohne Motor! Wir hielten ständig an und genossen die Aussichten auf Ronaldos Statue, die Bucht, das Rathaus und eine andere Bucht. Dazwischen lagen teilweise sehr steile Berge, die wir aber Dank des eingebauten Rückenwinds problemlos meisterten.
    Das Ziel war eine Fußgängerzone, entlang derer wir den Sonnenuntergang über dem Meer verfolgten (siehe Bilder).
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  • Day3

    Wanderung entlang der Levadas

    February 26 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Die Levadas sind Bewässerungsgräben, um das Niederschlagswasser in trockenere Bereiche der Insel zu leiten. Die Kanäle haben eine Gesamtlänge von 2.500 km. Ursprünglich wurden sie einfach in das Vulkangestein geschlagen und mit Holzbohlen gegen schnelles Durchsickern gesichert. Später wurden sie gepflastert und die letzten wurden in den 60er und 70er Jahren betoniert. Wir liefen an einem der neuesten entlang. Sie verzweigen sich durch Schieber, so dass alle Anlieger zu verschiedenen Zeiten versorgt werden.
    Während der Wanderung lernten wir die wundervolle Vielfalt der (teilweise endemischen) Flora Madeiras kennen. Die einheimische Scout Josefina erklärte alles richtig gut. Gegen Ende besuchten wir einen kleinen Garten, der hübsch verwinkelt angelegt ist mit Hortensien, Palmen und anderen Pflanzen.
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