"The capital of the archipelago is the city of Funchal, which takes its name from the Portuguese word for fennel (funcho), the wild herb that grew here abundantly at the time of the first settlers. Established by Royal Decret in 1508, traditional and cosmopolitan co-exist here in perfect harmony, with plenty of commercial, tourist or cultural options on offer to visitors.
To visit Funchal is to visit a city with centuries of history, where you can go back 500 years in time. Or you can make the most of here and now and experience exciting and unforgettable contemporary happenings.
The choice of things to do in Funchal is never ending".