Cruises from Funchal
Funchal is the capital of Portugal’s Autonomous Region of Madeira an archipelago 880 SW of Portugal and 600 km NW of Morocco, in the north Atlantic. Funchal’s harbour offers plazas lined with shops, colourful houses spilling down hillsides, due to its almost amphitheatre-like formation, and a profusion of flowers. For a fine view of the magnificent bay, take the unique downhill basket sledge ride. Visitors will find cuisine that celebrates the freshest ingredients, and a population that is joyous and gracious.
There are also activities that run from vigorous hiking to placid contemplation of nature, and great shopping opportunities for locally made crafts and embroidery.