Funchal is the capital of Madeira. This tropical island is great for visiting family or friends. The city is filled with colorful flora which is evident in the gardens and the parks which enliven the urban fabric in the city. There are so many things that you can do out here. If you are visiting for the first time, there are a few things that you can check out.

Funchal Cathedral

Stepping into the cathedral, it felt like I have stepped into the Portuguese discovery age. The cathedral had been constructed in the sixteenth century and has fantastic architecture. Look up and you are going to see that the roof is filled with glazed tiles. I found the choir stalls of the cathedral are just exceptional as it depicts saints, prophets, and apostles.

Monte Cable Car

One great attraction is riding in a cable car to the top of the mountain. The mountain is 600 meters high. The gondola lift started functioning in 2000 as it replaced the defunct railway that ran 4 kilometers up the slope. It shut down in 1943. Reaching the top had been worthwhile. The view of the city is just exceptional. The white house and the ocean bedecking the mountain is just the perfect background to click photographs.

Rua Santa Maria

Funchal has a cobbled-stoned street filled with colorfully painted houses that have painted doors, too. Rua Santa Maria had been constructed in the 15th century. At present, it is the best destination to shop and have delectable food. I collected some of the souvenirs from the market. In the year 2010, the street had been flooded. With the regeneration of the city, the project of Art of Open Door had been introduced. Hence, the route has brightly colored doors that are hand painted. These look amazing.