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Exploring the Coast of Funchal

By Sasha, March 2013

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Funchal is the capital city of sunny, lush Madeira, Portugal’s craggy outpost in the Atlantic, and rises from the sea in a half-moon of red roofs that cling to the hillsides around the bay.

The two-mile (3.2 km) Lido Promenade wends along Funchal’s seafront and is backed by tropical gardens; the walkway links bars, restaurants, and swimming pools with the three small, pebbly beaches at Praia Formosa. As Madeira is a volcanic island, the pocket-sized beaches are mostly black sand or stony, although there are two golden sandy beaches at Machico and Calheta (the sand’s imported), and natural rock pools to swim in at Doca do Cavacas.

Picture courtesy of nuno.nvs on Flickr.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Portugal Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Portugal.

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