Posted by: Gary Guertin | May 12, 2017

41 World Cruise–Funchal, Madeira, Portugal–Apr. 18, 2017

Hi All, (Written Apr. 19, 2017)

Funchal, our last port, and one of our favorites in the world. Susy and I spent our out third visit to Funchal sitting in our favorite sidewalk café, "Café del Teatro" across from the city park.  Our first visit was Dec. 2&3, 2011 and our second visit was Nov. 3, 2012.  I’ll say again we think this a wonderful port to visit and will add, with this visit, that the local people we have met are friendly and it’s putting it in a class with Sidney, Australia, our favorite port.

I would like for you to read this part of my post from the first time we visited in 2011.  It still applies today:

"Well we thought we had seen it all, and then we arrived at Funchal on Madeira, the largest of the Madeira Islands archipelago.  If the Hawaiian Islands, Florida, or the Canary Islands are paradise, this must be heaven.  For once I’m going to quote verbatim the words of one of our Funchal guides which best describes what we saw: “It is eternally spring on this small, peaceful volcanic island of Madeira set in the Atlantic Ocean.  Soaring cliffs, clear blue water, stunning mountains and deep canyons, beautiful flowers and vast vineyards beckon.”  Funchal has been awarded the cleanest city in Portugal and a major award (sought by cities, towns, and villages worldwide) for Greening and Flowerings of towns and villages .  It  is known for its beautiful rolling green mountains, and the most breath taking display of flowers.  Madeira is an island, 35 miles long by 13 miles wide.  Funchal has about 100,000 inhabitants, and is the capital of the Madeira Islands.  History wise it was discovered by Prince Henry the Navigator and Joao Goncalves Zarco in the 1400’s.  It was under Spanish rule from 1580 to 1640, and the British occupied it in 1801 and 1807, but today is an autonomous region of Portugal."

I only took a few photos so you will get a taste of this beautiful island (first from the ship):

DSC05169 Stitch


Some close ups, first a fort:


A part of the Harbor up close:


The large marina in front of the center of the city:


Another fort:


Condos over looking the ocean:


A welcome sign at the pier’s terminal:


Just some of the flowers at a roundabout (there are flowers everywhere):


Susy and I at our local outdoor café:



That’s it for my port posts.  I’m going to end this cruise’s posts with a wrap up after I get home.  It may be awhile because I have to cover a 111 day cruise.  Until then,

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

P.S. Ships Port Sign:



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