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Location, Climate:
Funchal is the capital of the Madeira region in Portugal. It is nestled between the cities of Camara de Lobos and Santa Cruz. The climate of Funchal is Mediterranean giving it a mild temperature all throughout the year. Make discount hotel reservations between October and March to experience a cool and wet season. Most tourists book discount hotels from April to September to enjoy warm and dry days. Make reservations online to get the best deals in Funchal hotels including up to 70% discount on room rates.

Where to Stay:
If you are looking for an affordable accommodation with a central location, then the best choice is the Gorgulho Aparthotel. This 3-star hotel faces the sea and the busy Lido area where you can find many nightclubs, restaurants and markets. The Dorisol Buganvilla Hotel is the choice of many families traveling to Funchal because of its homey atmosphere with rooms having well-equipped kitchenette and its excellent leisure facilities including swimming pools, tennis courts, jacuzzi, spa and sauna.

Brief History:
Funchal used to be separated into two captaincies around 1424. The urbanized zones soon became the center of Funchal which was discovered by Portuguese explorer Joao Goncalves Zarco, who lived in that area with his family. Due to its strategic location, Funchal became a significant maritime port and its land became very popular amongst new settlers.

Events, Landmarks, Activities:
The biggest and most colorful event in Funchal is the Carnival which is held every month of February. Witness two huge parades covering the streets of Funchal during this annual celebration. Funchal boasts of its beautiful gardens and parks including the Madeira Botanical Gardens, Monte Palace Hotel Gardens and Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro Park which consists of several gardens such as the Sunken Garden and French Garden. Get ready to be impressed by Funchal's architecture by visiting the Sao Lourenco Palace, Santa Clara Convent, Se Cathedral and Colegio Church. The more daring can try the Madeira Paragliding Adventures while couples enjoy a romantic ride at the Funchal Cable Car which gives breathtaking views of the city.

It is easy to navigate the city center on foot because that area is quite small. To reach other destinations in Funchal such as the Monte, it is best to ride the city buses which can be usually found at the waterfront area. You can pay directly to the bus driver, but make sure to bring exact change. Visit the tourist information center to get a bus timetable.

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