Funchal, the capital of Madeira is a main tourist attraction. It has a wide array of cafes, bars and nightclubs, a rich history and stunning scenery for relaxing daytime walks. The cruise ship dock has delightful city views.
Funchal and the island of Madeira is a year round destination with mild, subtropical weather. In January, temperatures are around 15°C and in August around 23 degrees. The warmest months are August and September. The peak season is from June to November with water temperatures of more than 20 degrees. Travel there for holidays and festivals to experience local culture. Carnival in Funchal is in February, the sugar cane harvest happens during April and May and on 15th August, Assumption Day, there is a procession to "Nossa Senhora do Monte". At the end of August enjoy the Wine Festival. English is widely spoken and Portuguese is spoken with a distinctive dialect.
Funchal Airport is also known as Madeira Airport and Santa Catarina Airport. Transport from the airport to Funchal is straightforward. The Aerobus costs 8 EUR return and 5 EUR for a one-way journey. A public bus costs 3 EUR for a one-way trip. Taxis have meters and there is a surcharge for weekends, nights and luggage. Accommodation is varied, a three star star hotel will cost from around 26 EUR per night and a 4 star about 62 EUR. Seven day tickets are available for public buses and cost about about 22 EUR. Roads on Funchal are steep and winding, and petrol stations are scarce - something to consider if hiring a car.