5 belvederes not to be missed in Funchal
I have a friend who says he has never seen so many viewpoints as in Madeira !!
The car trips are a stop-start trip because at each corner appears a new sign that indicates "Miradouro at xx meters" and. .. no one can resist a beautiful view :)
Funchal, thanks to its orography in the form of an amphitheater is a city with many viewpoints. Some of them were created specifically for this purpose, others arise spontaneously, between alleys and corners of houses.
In this article, we present 5 belvederes not to be missed in Funchal:
1. Miradouro da Nazaré
It is at 2.5 km of distance from the Vila Porto Mare resort, west of the city centre. The views are superb, and allow you to see the whole bay, from the sea to the mountains. It is especially beautiful at sunrise and with some luck you can spot the cruise ships docking in the harbour.
Address: R. dos Estados Unidos da América 46
2. Miradouro do Pico dos Barcelos
At about 350 meters of altitude this is one of the most emblematic viewpoints of Funchal. It is highly sought after to take pictures (especially on occasions such as weddings and christenings) thanks to its 360º views and exotic orange flowers. It is about 4 km from The Cliff Bay hotel.
3. Miradouro da Quinta Vigia
Today, Quinta Vigia is the official residence of the President of the Regional Government but it was once the residence of distinguished royal European personalities, such as Queen Adelaide of England or Empress Dona Amelia of Brazil. This manor house is surrounded by beautiful gardens (which can be visited for 1 €) and in which is located the Miradouro de Dona Guiomar (Dona Guiomar Viewpoint), named after a noble Madeiran businesswoman, who lived there in the 18th century and used this lookout as a checkpoint to observe the coming and going of ships. The views over the sea and the harbour of Funchal are very beautiful, worthy of kings and queens. ..
Address: Avenida do Infante 1
4. Miradouro do Pináculo
This gazebo seems to have been custom made to the place where it is located. Situated at a height of 283 meters, the viewpoint structure is covered by a magnificent pink bougainvillaea - the perfect frame for the city of Funchal. A photograph of this place is often found in postcards and travel books. It's perfect, romantic and special - definitely a must-see stop !!
Address: Rua Conde Carvalhal
5. Miradouro das Neves
On New Year's Eve, Miradouro das Neves is one of the best places to see the fireworks! It offers views across the city which extend through the Bay of Funchal and all the way to the Desertas Islands. It is located on the old airport road and was once "love at first sight" for all the travellers that arrived in Funchal.
Address: Estrada do Aeroporto, São Gonçalo
When visiting Madeira, follow my friend’s advice - stop and enjoy every lookout point and perspective - choose your favourite Belvedere in Funchal !!