As well flâneurs who like to go out for a walk on the promenades, as those laid back travelers who prefer to hang around in parks to enjoy the green grass: Funchal offers a place to everyone. From the urban chic to the cultural creatives and everything in between. Funchal has it all.
Traditional white-brown houses are mixed with modern cubiste buildings against a backdrop of an Azure blue sky, palmtrees and the Atlantic Ocean. Old fishermen are strolling over the local fruit and vegetable mercado in the center of Funchal. The bubbly shopping area is crowded with international students, tourists, business people and some locals, while yellow cabs are in the waiting line for customers.
In Funchal is an overwhelming amount of wild parks with red, pink and orange flowers: a mix of subtropical and Mediterranean flora and fauna. Here you can relax for a moment, or two, while the vibrant and cosmopolitan heart of the centre keeps on beating. The atmosphere is sophisticated, but easy going.
A walk through the district of Rua de Santa Maria in Zone Velha, with it’s dazzling number of bars and restaurants, offers a colourfull palette of painted doors and walls from the Art Project of Open Doors. The diversity of artistic landscapes is astonishing.
After your city walk you can take a break at Gigi’s Sumos, a juice bar at the Rua Dom Carlos. The wall next to the terrace has a mural of golden leaves, which is painted by one of the artists of it’s neighbour Gallery Creamar. There is a permanent exhibition with a free entrance. Most probably you will meet one of the artists who works there.
Funchal is a traditional and modern mix of subtropical and Mediterranean influences, permanantly accompagnied with a mild breeze from the ocean, and bohémian with it’s creative hub in the middle of the centre. Funchal is in one word inspiring.