The capital Funchal is in the south of Madeira. The airport lies to the east of Funchal and the drive to the capital takes about 30 minutes along the coastal road, the 101.
Mountains rise up from the coast to the Park Natural do Ribeiro Frio and the Ecological park above and behind Funchal.
Many of the pavements are paved in smart coloured stone patterns as seen in the photograph on the left.
The flower and fruit market is a popular place to visit because of the colourful arrangements and sub-tropical species on sale.
Orchids are common. Enormous displays of orchids adorn every hotel foyer and some restaurants.
Not too far from Funchal is the awe inspiring cliff drop of Cabo Girao and the fishing village of Camara de Lobos.
Find a holiday apartment to rent in Funchal for a fabulous self-catering break with the freedom of Madeira.