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Funchal


Named for the abundant fennel trees in the area, Funchal has many beautiful parks and gardens. The Madeira Botanical Gardens offer stunning views, as well as more than 2,000 species of plant life, while the Jardins Do Palheiro and the Monte Palace Hotel Gardens are both worth a visit. This is also a stopping point for the Funchal Cable Car which goes up the mountain to Monte. There are also lovely old buildings and cultural sites, including the 15th-century Santa Clara Convent, the São Lourenço Palace, the Colegio Church and Sé Cathedral. The city is known for its excellent seafood, baked goods and local Madeira wine. There's also golf, swimming and paragliding, as well as boat trips and the unforgettable Levada Walks.