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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2016
Local Antique shops or Flea Market?

Is there anywhere which sells local antiques or vintage items?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2015
What to pack apart from boots and waterproofs!  (4 Answers)

Apologies if I am duplicating the question - had trouble registering. Arriving Funchal 25th Feb. and forecast not good. Should we pack jeans and jumpers or lightweight trousers and tee shirts? Not much space in Easyjet hand luggage with husband's size 12 trainers. Dress/skirt for evening hotel dinner? Any advice much appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2015
Things to do  (5 Answers)

Hello, I'm staying in Funchai for a week in February when the carnival is on. Can anyone tell me the best places to see it and what I should do as while I'm there.
Thankyou


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2015
Funchal theatre performances  (1 Answer)

Can anyone tell me what will be 'playing' at the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias, in Funchal, 14th - 21st March I have tried to google the theatre with no success.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2015
Madeira Island Open Golf  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know if there should be buses running from Funchal to Clube de Golf du Santo da Serra, 19th - 22nd March, for the Golf Open?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2014
Taboggan run  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know the name of the street where the taboggan run finishes please


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2014
How to Pronounce It!  (2 Answers)

Basic question, please: How is "Funchal" pronounced by its residents? Is it more like "fun" or "foon"?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2014
Walks with small children  (3 Answers)

Hello !
We are a couple with a 1 year old + 4 years old children.
Will it possible to have nice walks (levadas or others) around Funchal with them (the smaller on my husband's back in an ergobaby carrier) ?
Many thanks for your answer :)
Elsa


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 01, 2013
restaurants new years eve  (3 Answers)

We are visiting Funchal over the Christmas period arriving on 27th Dec. Is it necessary to book a restaurant for New Years Eve in advance? Can anyone recommend any?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2013
Where to buy hiking shoes?

Hallo,
My hiking shoes are broken.
Where can I buy hiking shoes close to Santana or Funchal?

Thanks
Wolfgang


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2013
music with some dancing for the over 40's

I am visiting Madeira with my partner in October for 2 weeks and we are looking for somewhere to go with live music where you can dance as well if you would like. We are in our 40's


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2013
Porto Santa Maria Hotel

Can anyone give me an update on the works in front of this hotel please?
There are conflicting reports on the disruption caused.
We are staying at this hotel on 9th September this year.
Thank you in advance
Steve


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2013
about heating  (2 Answers)

If we need to heat the apartment in winter


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2013
One day visit  (3 Answers)

As I only have one day here, is there a small train or tourist bus that goes around the city to see the highlights. Any other suggestions would be welcome. Thanks Lois


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2013
Hotel Porto Santa Maria  (16 Answers)

We are traveling to Funchal in September and staying at the Porto Santa Maria. I have heard mixed reports on the work been carried out on the sea front. Can any VT living there give me an update? Many thanks, Steve


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2013
Tablet SIM card 2 weeks?  (2 Answers)

Where can I get it? Price?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2013
Restaurants in the area  (5 Answers)

I'm planning to travel to the island of Madeira and have more or less decided which hotel to book (lots of sites to book through) but unsure if i should book to eat my meals at the hotel or risk and eat out. I'm finding it a little hard to find actual info about restaurants (prices, locations, cuisine types) and some of the restaurants i have found have very few reviews and no photos. Does anyone know where i can find ths kind of info and hopefully some photos of the restaurants in Madeira? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2013
Daily Cannons fired?  (1 Answer)

Hi

Does anyone know if there are daily cannons fired in Funchal at specific times?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2013
Bus to ribeira brava area  (4 Answers)

Hello,
My girlfriend and I are staying at the hotel Estalagem Encumeada, located at FEITEIRAIS-SERRA DE AGUA 9350-000 between the 14th and 21st.

In an effort to save money, we'd like to get up there by bus from Funchal. I've read that there's a stop outside, but not had much luck finding out what bus goes there, when.

I see that it shouldn't be too hard to get to ribeira brava itself,, but can anybody advise upon how to make it up to the hotel?

Many thanks in advance!!!!!
Matthew.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2011
RESTUARANT FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE  (3 Answers)

We are two couples aged 60+ from Norway, who are looking for a good restaurant to spend the New Year's Eve in Funchal. We are looking for a place with reasonably good food, and a good "ambiance" as the French put it. Not too formal, and possibly with some good music to take a spin on the dance floor ....
We have heard that the fireworks in Funchal are fantastic, so we would of course prefer a place where we could come outside and watch this attraction as well.
I should mention that this is our very first trip to Madeira, and that we arrive on the 31 December, so we have to book a table in advance to be sure to have somewhere to go.....
We are staying in the centre of Funchal. (Avenida do Infante.) But we are prepared to go somewhere outside the centre if that is sounds more tempting.
We would appreciate suggestions from more seasoned travellers, or even better, from the locals.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2011
madeira regency club - flexi-time????  (1 Answer)

I stayed at the regency club for 10 days this month and liked the hotel and funchal. whilest there I was offered a flexitime contract for a one bed appartment.
anyone used this this scheme or can recommend it?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2011
What to do in Funchal  (5 Answers)

Hi all

We are going to Funchal on 30th June and I have read lots regarding what to do and see. Are there any hidden gems that we should include in our trip especially in Funchal. What are the best shopping areas and any advice on restaurants/bars worth a visit. I am also considering hiring a car so that we can see more of the island. Is driving about an good option. Are roads very busy or is it more a leisurely pace ? Any help would be very much appreciated. By the way we are staying at the Hotel Savoy Gardens

many thanks

Michael


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2011
swim, apartment and bringing Dog>  (4 Answers)

Is the water warm enough to swim in Jan and Feb? What is the best area to rent an apartment in? How hard is it to bring a dog from the USA? Thanks John


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2011
Madeira Palacio Hotel  (2 Answers)

Some years ago we had two wonderful holidays at the Madeira Palacio Hotel in Funchal. However, it closed in 2006 for renovations and doesn't seem to have re-opened. I've searched the Internet and looked on Google Earth, where I can see what appears to be a giant building site in that location. I would love to know what's happening with it so does anyone know?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2011
The Cliff Bay Hotel, spa day pass

Hi
We stayed at The Cliff Bay a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the spa. We are returning to madeira later this year although we will be staying elsewhere. We were wondering if anyone knows whether it is possible to visit The Cliff Bay spa as a non resident of the hotel and if so, how much it costs.
Thanks in anticipation


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2011
Bus Services in funchal  (2 Answers)

Dear forun,
I have twice stayed in Vlia Teresinha on Rua das Cruzes,
it is quite a steep climb from Aveida do Mar. Just as
I was leeving Last year I was informed that there was
a Bus Service that ran along Rua das Cruzes I never saw
this bus. Can someone advise me of the service No, full
route, & stopping places please. this climb is nothing
for the young & fit, but I am now 72 yrs old and this bus
would be a God Send.
I have booked again arriving February
If you know of this bus please respond
Seasonal Greetings
mocall


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2010
Bus from HotelEden/The Residence to the old Funchal city  (2 Answers)

Is there some bus connection?
The route and timetable?
7 days tourist tickets?
Fare price? Where to buy the ticket?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2010
Funchal bus to Monte  (1 Answer)

We are in Funchal for one day (a Sunday) and want to go to Monte. My wife doesn't do cable cars so the idea is we take a bus. There seems to be a reasonable bus service but can anyone advise how long the bus trip takes.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2010
Airport to Lido area  (1 Answer)

Will be arriving at Madeira airport on 4 October before noon. What are the options of getting to the Lido area by public transportation? The Dorisol Hotels have a free shuttle service to the city. I'm wondering if I and my suitcase could get to one of these hotels from the city? I would stay at one of these hotels. Should I stay in the city and bus to the ocean area? Also wondering if the Lido area will be deserted,at this time of year? Obligado.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2010
We 3 need a day driver for touring  (6 Answers)

On Nov. 29th we arrive and want to "see it all" with an English speaking driver (non smoker) in a full day trip. We three are travel agents and are looking to find a good resource for future guests as well.



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