Historical Centre of Funchal

Visit the old town of Funchal and enjoy a great walk, good food and the true Portugese fado music. 

Historical Centre of Funchal
Historical Centre of Funchal
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The historical centre of Funchal is an ideal place if you want to enjoy a good environment, food at a reasonable price and the sound of the authentic Portuguese fado singing.

This place, which used to be a city itself, is now an area of picturesque streets, with handcraft shops set up in one-room houses, where families used to live.

Praia da Barreirinha Beach, Funchal
Praia da Barreirinha Beach, Funchal 
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Its pier has been modified to create the station of the Funiculars of Madeira.

In the Eastern End of the old area you can admire the São Tiago Fortress and, under its walls, the Praia da Barreirinha Beach, a little pebble beach where the locals go to have a bath and to eat grilled sardines in the street stands.

This beach is still popular despite the construction of the aquatic centre which is right behind the fortress. In front of it, the Igreja do Socorro Church is raised, also known as the Igreja de Santa Maria Maior Church, rebuilt in several occasions since 16th century.

In the heart of the old town is located the Capilla do Corpo Santo Chapel (16th century), which nowadays still remains as a simple fishermen chapel. Around it you will find many cafés and restaurants with terraces with a lively night life.

Many of the restaurants are specialized in fish and serve delicious bacalhau (cod) and seafood rice dishes. In some of them you can also hear fado, a traditional music imported from Lisbon.

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