Follow your local guide through the cobblestone streets of Funchal old town. Buildings are in simple Portuguese style, but painted in vibrant colours rather than white.
In the bustle of the open market you will discover local products. In the gothic cathedral, remember to check the silver cross, a unique manueline jewel. And all along, your guide will tell you the stories of Funchal. How it was sacked by French corsairs, bombed by German submarines, and hosted an exiled emperor.
Climb to the higher neighbourhoods for a sweeping view of the town and the ocean. And let the history of this place sink in.