Funchal is located on the island of Madeira. It is the 6th largest city in Portugal and the capital of Madeira. It is approximately 360 miles directly west of Morocco, Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Centuries ago, Portuguese settlers were attracted to the mild Mediterranean climate. They were also overwhelmed by the wild fennel that permeated the terrain. Hence, “funcho,” Portuguese for fennel became the source for the city’s name.
Today, it is a year-round resort area. It is also frequented by cruise ship passengers who have a limited time in port. Many are familiar with the wine that carries the island’s name. Read More