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If that sounds too daunting, there’s still the cable car; as well as the one to Almirante Reis Park, another cable car goes to Madeira Botanical Gardens.
Formerly a private garden, it was opened to the public in 1960; today it boasts several thousand plants and specimens and a collection of rare birds.
Funchal Cathedral, Catedral da Sé do Funchal , is a Gothic style church dating from the late 15th-century.
It is made from cedar wood and incorporates Mudéjar , Moorish designs elements.
Those travelling by plane will land at Madeira Airport, a 20-minute drive from Funchal.
There is also a good selection of hotels and hostels in the area to suit most budgets and tastes.At the top is the must-see Monte Palace Tropical Garden where visitors can marvel at plants from all over the world including Japanese and Chinese flora.There’s also a café here and the nearby Church of Our Lady of Monte, where the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor Charles I is entombed, is a magnificent building featuring two attractive towers and an ornate interior.Discovered in 1419 and claimed for the Portuguese crown, the city is named after the fennel, funcho , that was found to be abundantly growing here.Today, it is an autonomous region of Portugal with its own distinct culture; it has sumptuous hotels and top-rated restaurants which serve fabulous seafood dishes and delicious wines for which the island is renowned.