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Funchal is the capital of Portugal's Autonomous Region of Madeira, and is a popular destination for cruises. Madeira is part of an island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that was claimed by the Portuguese in the early 15th century, and served as an important point between the Old and New World. Funchal rose to prominence due to the harvest of sugar, and today the laid back nature of the city makes it an idyllic getaway destination. Today, Funchal is known as a resort, as well as a producer of fine wines and crafts. There are hundreds of hotels to choose from in Funchal, and finding the right hotel for can be difficult. makes things simple with the aid of user-submitted hotel reviews, photo galleries of hotel rooms and facilities, as well as a handy interactive map for checking out the local attractions.

What's Funchal Like?

Aside from the sun, sea, and sand aspect of Funchal, there is much more than the resorts on offer. The hills offer to spoil hikers with choice, and natural terrain such as the Pico do Arieiro mountain, Monte Palace Tropical Garden, and the Jardins do Palheiro gardens promise an exciting afternoon for nature lovers. For history and art buffs, you can find plenty of local treasures in the Universo de Memórias (Universe of Memories), the soccer memorabilia filled CR7 Museum (CR7 for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese striker for Real Madrid), and the quaint Sacred Art Museum full of sculptures and paintings. There are plenty of sightseeing tours available in Funchal, both available on hiking trails as well as the waters around the island. For shoppers, there are hundreds of specialty stores available in Funchal, as well as the popular Workers' Market with its local cuisine.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Funchal

Funchal experiences a mild Mediterranean climate, which leads to steady temperatures throughout the year. Summer lasts from July to September, and temperatures usually reach an average of 80° Fahrenheit during the afternoon, although it has been known to reach as high as 100° Fahrenheit. There are several tourist hot spots and popular destinations throughout the island, with Funchal being the most popular. The nearby towns of Ribeira Brava, Curral das Freiras, and Porto Moniz may also be worth a visit. Although the official language of the island is Portuguese, due to Funchal's role as a resort many of the locals will be fluent in English. You should be aware that the local government offers free WiFi access in many places, just look out for the 6-foot-tall white and blue boards advertising WiFi hubs.