Day 7 Relaxing in Funchal, Madeira

Delicious Portuguese custard tarts for breakfast
We were appreciative of yet another November morning filled with warm sunshine.  Eating breakfast overlooking the harbour we watched a large cruise liner slowly slip into the terminal.  Another lazy day, we read our daily newspaper freshly downloaded onto our iPads then decided it was time to make a move.  We decided on a leisurely walk out of town, passing the historic pink facade of the Reid’s Palace Hotel which dates back to the 1890’s, then along past the Lido and the newer part of town known as the ‘hotel zone’ which is home to a cluster of modern hotels.  We are more than happy with our choice of hotel, the Casino Park, designed by the noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and built in the 1970’s.  It’s now a listed building and is one of the closest hotel’s to the town centre.  It’s classified as a 5 star, but I think this is perhaps rather generous, the balcony furniture needs replacing and the carpets on the upper corridors are a little worn.
Funchal’s main shopping street

Continuing along the coastal path we arrived at The Forum,  a modern shopping centre with a central courtyard.  We browsed the shops and I bought a pair of good quality walking shoes which appeared much cheaper than at home.  Afterwards we sipped cappuccino’s in the food court cafe before returning to our hotel along the clifftop.

Forum Shopping Centre, Funchal
Feeling better for our 90 minute walk we changed into swimwear and found a shady spot around the pool to read books on our Kindle’s and doze a little in the warm Autumn sunshine.

Relaxing by the pool in Funchal
We ate dinner in one of our favourite town centre restaurants and then returned along the waterfront.  It’s far quieter here in the evenings when the cruise liner passengers have returned to their ships and set sail to their next destinations.  To end the day we relaxed in the hotel lounge listening to the live music which is always of a high standard.
Evening entertainment at the Casino Park Hotel

7 thoughts on “Day 7 Relaxing in Funchal, Madeira

  1. It is a pleasure traveling with you on my laptop computer, old man winter winter will come slipping and slding up the path here soon. He spends about nine months with us, in the Midwestern USA. The snow and ice, are nice for the youngsters but I do believe I will spend more time inside this winter.
    Be safe and happy in your travels.


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