We ate breakfast out on the terrace again and it seemed even warmer than previous days. Our plan for the morning was to walk along the seafront to the old town and then take the cable car up the mountainside to Monte, but it didn’t quite work out like that. We managed the first part, enjoying our stroll along to the cable car station but we decided against taking the ride up the hillside as there were huge queues waiting to board. The reason being that the P & O Ventura had arrived in port that morning and most of its 3,000 plus passengers seemed to share our plans.
We thought it best to postpone our trip until later in the week and instead we headed to the beautiful old market hall with its stalls of exotic fruit, flowers and vegetables served by ladies in traditional national dress. The market is set around an open courtyard with a traditional black and white mosaic paved area, the upper floor having some craft stalls and a pleasant open air cafe.
The Casino Park Hotel where we were staying is closer to the town centre and was one of Funchal’s first hotels built in the 1960’s.
On returning to the hotel we relaxed in the hotel’s spa awhile before enjoying a late evening meal in the town centre.
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