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“work still going on” 3 of 5 stars
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Avenida do Mar
Avenida do Mar, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Ranked #47 of 101 things to do in Funchal
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Owner description: This busy and vibrant boulevard is home to many seafood restaurants and outdoor cafes with waterfront views.
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“work still going on”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Not a lot to say but work along the avenida do mar is still on going.
Only time will tell if its all been worth it when its all finished.

Visited May 2014
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“WORK IN PROGRESS”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

AT THE MOMENT FEBRUARY 2014: A BUILDING SITE.
A new beach, cruise terminal,shore protection and a yacht- harbour are being build at the eastern end of AVENIDA DA MAR,and at the west end near sta catarina park-"rotunda do Infante" there's
work in progress as well.
Avenida Arriaga is more pleasant to walk but all the buses both for the rest of the island and Funchal start and terminate at AVENIDA DO MAR:"RODOESTE" for eastern Madeira,SAM for the west,HORARIOS DO FUNCHAL for Funchal and Santana,Ribeiro Frio,Cural das freitas.
If you have to wait a long time for a bus and it,s raining there are OPAN-bakeries(recommended) Mc Donalds,Pizzahut,ect.

Visited February 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“Not jus Avenida do Mar, but the whole centre of town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Avenida do Mar is pleasant enough, even with the construction areas to skirt, but the real prize is the pedestrian shopping streets between Avenida Arriaga and Avenida do Mar. Patterned mosaic pavements, plenty of shops, vibrant pedestrian life, and a pretty, lush tropical park along Avenida Arriaga (there was no category I could find in Tripadvisor for the downtown area, so I am using this one).

My wife and I had only a short shore stop day in Funchal from a cruise ship, and spent woefully insufficient time in the pedestrian shopping streets, but it was enough to make us want to come back with more time to explore.

We took a shuttle to Avenida Arriaga first thing in the morning, and tarried just long enough to visit the adjacent city park with tropical vegetation before strolling to Avenida do Mar and on to the cable car to Monte. On our return down the cable car, we stayed 1-2 streets inland and ended up in a shopping area with patterned mosaic pavements, plenty of interesting stores, wine bars (wine = Madeira) with good prices, and busy pedestrian traffic without being maddening crowds. We would have gladly stayed there well into the evening if we had had more shore time.

Visited October 2013
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“Building Site”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Give it a miss for now. We used to love the walk along here but at the moment it is dreadful. One can't complain as it has to be done and hopefully when completed will be even nicer than before. In the meantine gie it a miss and stick to Avenida Arriaga.

Visited November 2013
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“Building site”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Will be lovely when its finished, but the building work gets in the way. Give it a miss meantime. Stay in the little streets above it.

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