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Lido Bathing Complex

  • Coordenadas: 32.636987,-16.931178

1 km from Belmond Reid’s Palace, to the west, is the Lido Bathing Complex with a huge saltwater pool – a great place to be in Funchal.

You can go down to the rocks and swim in the Atlantic. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Ponta Gorda Bathing Complex

  • Coordenadas:32.634478,-16.939834

At the far end is a small children’s pool with slides. There’s another bathing structure 2 km away: Ponta Gorda Bathing Complex.

Fórum Madeira

  • Coordenadas: 32.635684, -16.943270

1 km away is Forum Madeira, on Estrada Monumental, the 2nd largest with all the clothing and electronics brands, cinemas and a supermarket (Pingo Doce).

Madeira Shopping

  • Coordenadas: 32.660074, -16.950765

The biggest shopping centre is to the northwest – close to the highway, 10 minutes from Funchal’s coast: Madeira Shopping.

With a hypermarket (Continente), cinemas, 100 stores and 20 restaurants – with over 1000 parking spaces (free).

Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint

  • Coordenadas: 32.658727, -16.939599

Close to Madeira Shopping, there is a beautiful viewpoint over Funchal: the Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint. Easy access, free parking and a restaurant.

Doca do Cavacas

  • Coordenadas: 32.635497, -16.947939

On the west coast of Funchal, there is another bathing complex: Doca do Cavacas, with a saltwater pool. It has a great restaurant with a variety of fish dishes.

Formosa Beach

  • Coordenadas: 32.639429, -16.951382

The promenade continues for 2 km to Formosa Beach: at the west end, there is a small strip of fine sand.

In 1566, 1000 French corsairs landed here and plundered the city. The island’s defence was unprepared for the number of French arquebusiers.

3 days later, the wounded French captain Pierre Bertrand de Montluc dies.