Funchal is the capital city of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago. It’s backed by hills, and known for its harbor, gardens and Madeira wine cellars. The centuries-old Funchal Cathedral, which mixes Gothic and Romanesque styles, is notable for its carved wooden ceiling. Fronting the harbor is the São Tiago Fortress, built in the 1600s. It now houses the Contemporary Art Museum, with a large collection of Portuguese works.
Funchal is known for its comforting temperatures, wine and crafts. Top places to visit include the open Worker’s Market, the Sacred Art Museum and Blandy’s Wine Lodge. The friendly demeanor of residents, strollable streets and affordable taxis make the city very easy to navigate.