Borges is the smallest of Funchal's Madeira wine operations and its diminutive, timber-rich tasting room feels like the furthest away from the tourist crush and is the quietest of the Funchal wineries. Any two of the excellent wines (up to 20 years old) can be tasted free of charge, often with a free chunk of bolo de mel (molasses cake) to help it along.

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1. Pereira D'Oliveira

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Run by the fifth generation of the D'Oliveira family, this is Funchal's most easily accessible wine experience. Anyone can enter the strongly aromatic…

2. Igreja do Colégio

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Funchal's Jesuit Church dominates the city's prettiest square, Praça do Município. No surface is left unadorned in the baroque interior with its azulejos,…

3. Museu de Arte Sacra

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Housed in the former 16th-century bishop's palace dominating the south side of Praça do Município, Madeira's most fascinating art collection is a major…

4. Museu Photographia Vicentes

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Set up by Vicente Gomes da Silva in 1865, this exquisitely preserved photographic studio, above a shady cobbled courtyard, was in use until 1982. The…

5. Jardim de Santa Luzia

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Created from an old sugar works – hence the huge chimney in the middle and old bits of machinery scattered around the place – this undervisited city…


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Funchal's 16th-century cathedral once oversaw the world's largest diocese – all of Portugal’s overseas territories from Madeira to Brazil to Angola – and…

7. Museu de História Natural

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This old-fashioned museum, housed (in classic Funchal fashion) in a surplus palace, has an ageing aquarium on the ground floor, and stuffed local fauna,…

8. Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas

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Built by the counts of Calçada in the 17th century, this tasteful mansion was purchased by a local lawyer, Frederico de Freitas, in the 1940s. An avid…