Funchal is the principal town of Madeira where you'll find the centre
of local government, the cruise and ferry port, historic attractions
and the main shops, restaurants and bars. It is the seat of the
Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
There are two parks right in the centre of town, the Santa Catarina Park near the Rotunda do Infante and the Jardim Muncipal adjacent to the Avenida Arriaga.
|Santa Catarina Park|
The Santa Catarina Park plays host to a variety of concerts and events throughout the year.
Every year, a little after Easter, the flower festival sees floral carpets in the streets and a major parade. Another Funchal highlight is the New Year fireworks display which takes place over the harbour and can be enjoyed not only from many vantage points on land, but attracts cruise ships which moor off the coast to take in the spectacle.