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Funchal Airport

Located 22km from Funchal, Funchal Airport is one of the most dramatically sited small airports in the world, with its award-winning airport extension taking the runway out over a shallow-water bay on a specially-built bridge. Facilities: There is one restaurant / bar in the landside plus another one in the airside. Both restaurants have fair size roof terraces which would really please those aviation enthusiasts. Disabled visitors are well catered for in both areas. Parking: The airport provides long-term and short-term parking, with an easily accessible drop and pick-up zone.

Events in Madeira

Carnival, especially the Grand Parade on Carnival Saturday.

Flower Festival: Every April after Easter, a special festival is held as a tribute to the beauty of Madeira's flowers.

There are Music Festivals every June at the Baltazar Dias Theatre.

Madeira Wine Festival: These festivals are held in the second week of September, when the vintage begins all around the island.

Must See in around Funchal

Madeira offers an extensive range of sporting facilities from paragliding, rock climbing and mountain biking to horse riding and tennis. For the enthusiastic and committed golfer, the island has two championship courses. Santo da Serra course is set in eucalyptus forests almost 700 metres above sea level, offering spectacular views. The other, Palheiro Golf, opened in 1993 and is located on a hillside overlooking Funchal, just a 15-minute drive from the capital. Or try the thrills and excitement of surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving or sailing.

If you are a fisherman, you will be pleased to learn that Madeira is also gaining an international reputation as a top-class, deep-sea fishing destination, the place to catch 500-kg-plus blue marlin. All kinds of tuna are also plentiful. A cultural inheritance of over 500 years can be seen by the visitor in many churches and museums.

Rich merchants donated fine paintings to the island's churches over the centuries, the best of which can be viewed in the Museum of Sacred Art. Regional arts and crafts can also be seen around the island.

The best views can be seen if you follow the levadas (man-made small irrigation canals), which wind their way around the island. It's simply nature at its best.

If you prefer something gentler, visit Monte and enjoy the tropical gardens. There are many gardens open to the public. Among the loveliest are the Botanical Gardens, Quinta do Palheiro and the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens in the hills overlooking Funchal.